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142. Robert Thomas HOLDERNESS219 was born on 20 February 1870.144,146 He died on 22 March 1910 at the age of 40 in Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas.32,146,149

Will proved 4 April 1910. Dallas County, AR. Record Book D, p.40.
Provides for wife Elizabeth Simms Holderness; she is to be executrix without bond. Names Robert T., Jr., Catherine, Thomas Simms, and Sidney - to be paid $1 each. Does not name a daughter Mary Elizabeth - she died as an infant.

Buried Oakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas Co AR.

Pine Bluff Daily/Weekly Graphic, Wednesday, 23 Mar 1910, p.2
Robert T. Holderness Dies at Fordyce
Was a Brother of Harry I. and James Holderness of this city, and a Prominent and Popular Business Man
Robert T. Holderness 40 years old, one of the most prominent residents of Fordyce, Dallas county, died at his home there last night at 5;50 o'clock after an illness of five weeks with las grippe. Mr. Holderness is survived by his wife, four children, three sons and a daughter, his mother, Mrs. A. S. Holderness, two sisters, Mrs. John R. Hampton and Miss Minnie Holderness, and three brothers, H. I. and James Holderness of this city, and M. E. Holderness of Nashville, Tenn. all the relatives were at his bedside when the end came.
Mr. Holderness was in the drug business at Fordyce for more than twenty years and was one of the most prominent business men of the section of the state. He was prominently identified in every movement for the upbuilding of his city and state and took an active interest in the educational affairs, being a director of the Fordyce Training School. He was a valued member of the Board of Stewards of the Methodist church and enjoyed unusual popularity throughout this section.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist church at Fordyce. Rev. B. B. Thomas will conduct the services, assisted by Revs. C. J. Green and R. W. McKay.
Thursday, 24 Mar 1910, p.5
Harry I Holderness came up yesterday afternoon from Fordyce, and with Mrs. Holderness left yesterday afternoon on his return to Fordyce, to attend the funeral of his brother, Robert T. Holderness.
Saturday, 26 Mar 1910, p.4
Holderness Funeral Largely Attended
The funeral of Robert T. Holderness, who died Wednesday afternoon at his home at Fordyce, was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist church at that place by Rev. C. C. Green, Rev. B. B. Thomas, Rev. R. W. McKay and Rev. Cheatham.
...The funeral was one of the largest ever held in fordyce and was attended by relatives from this city, Little Rock, Crossett, Texarkana, and Nashville, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Holderness, the former a brother of the deceased attended the funeral, and returned home Thursday night. Mr. Holderness was well known here and had many friends, he having once lived here. He was at the time of his death in the drug business at Fordyce, and was one of the most prominent men of that town.
The Tuesday, 29 Mar 1910 edition of the Pine Bluff Daily/Weekly Graphic also carried the obituary.

Robert Thomas HOLDERNESS and Elizabeth Myrick SIMMS were married on 16 May 1895 in Jefferson County, Alabama.62,218 Elizabeth Myrick SIMMS109 was born on 1 August 1874.32 She died on 16 August 1936 at the age of 62 in Dallas County, Arkansas.32

1910 Census. Fordyce, Dallas Co, AR, Hh 427
Elizabeth Holderness, age 35, widowed, 5 children - 4 are living, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. AR
Robert, son, 14. Katherine, dau, 12. Simms, son, 10. Sidney, son, age 4.

In 1920, Elizabeth Holderness was living just a few houses from her mother-in-law on East First Street of Fordyce. Both were widows. Robert T. was listed as living with her although he was also counted in his uncle Harry's household in Pine Bluff where he was obviously working.

In 1930, Elizabeth Holderness is found in Pulaski Co, AR, in Little Rock. Living with her is son A. Sidney. They were renting. Her age given as 55, his as 25. He was working as an insurance adjustor.

Buried Oakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas Co AR.

Robert Thomas HOLDERNESS and Elizabeth Myrick SIMMS had the following children:

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Robert Thomas HOLDERNESS Jr..

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Catherine Elizabeth HOLDERNESS.

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Thomas Simms HOLDERNESS218 was born on 16 April 1900 in Dallas County, Arkansas.32,109 He died on 13 June 1965 at the age of 65.32

Married Lottie Beth Ethridge. One son, Thomas Simms Holderness, Jr. born 27 Apr 1940. Lived in Shreveport LA.

His obituary appeared in the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper on 15 Jun 1965. He is buried near his parents, Oakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas Co, AR.

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Mary Elizabeth HOLDERNESS218 was born on 13 March 1903 in Dallas County, Arkansas.32 She died on 13 September 1904 at the age of 1 in Dallas County, Arkansas.32

Died in infancy. she is buried with her parents, Oakland Cemetery, Fordyce, Dallas Co, AR.

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Algernon Sidney HOLDERNESS.