Dr. William R. Holder of Baytown

Dr. William R. Holder of Baytown, Texas died October 14 at his home. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:00 am in Bogata Cemetery with Reverend Don Shovan officiating.  Wood Funeral Homes of Bogata have charge of the arrangements. The Family will gather for friends at 10:00am at the funeral home until Service Time.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. Samuel B. Holder of Linden, TX (wife Glenda) and his three daughters, Susan Keefer of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Julie Morrow of Houston, and Elizabeth Clark of Tomball. He is also survived by his five grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Boyd Raffel Holder and Lucy Belle Jones Holder of Bogota.

He was born on June 30, 1940 in Bogata, the son of Boyd Raffel and Lucy Belle Jones Holder.  Dr. Holder received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston in 1963 and his M.D. degree from University of Texas Medical Branch with high honors in 1966. His internship at Brooke General in San Antonio was followed by a two-year tour in the army. He completed his medical residency at Baylor Medical School, Houston, and received his specialty boards in Dermatology (’73) and special competency certificate in Dermatopathology (’75). He served as a clinical professor at Baylor Dermatology and authored numerous articles related to dermatology.  Dr. Holder practiced dermatology in Baytown for almost 50 years before retiring in 2014.  He was a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association and the Texas Dermatology Association.

  1. Sherrie Holder Jeremy Gitomer family says:

    Thought and prayers to all.

  2. Girls, I am sorry about your dad. Try to remember all the good times. I love all of you.

  3. carl rountree says:

    he was always a leader great teacher excellent dermatologist and friend. he will be missed

  4. Jaime Tschen says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family for this great loss. He will be missed by all of us, collegues and friends as well as many patients….

  5. Terry E. Williams, M.D. says:

    Dr. Holder was a giant in the Houston and Texas Dermatologic community whose sage advice was sought after and appreciated by young residents and practicing dermatologists alike. I was honored to have his friendship and will miss him. Please accept my condolences to the family.

  6. Janet Cornor says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. Dr. Holder was always very kind to me and my family. May God bless you all during the days to come.

  7. Ann Gomez says:

    Dr. Holder was one of the most honest people I have known in his work ethics and his personality. He was one of the greats of old who always believed in helping and healing his patients with the best but most affordable medical and procedural healthcare. I have always felt I was in such good hands under his care. Baytown has lost a great doctor and friend to so many. My condolences to his family.

  8. Gail Lumus says:

    I have known and worked with Dr. Holder since the early 70s when I started at Gulf Coast Hospital in Baytown, TX. He was not only an excellent dermatologist but a very kind man. He treated me and my family for many years. My prayers go out to his family at this time of loss. I feel myself fortunate for having known him.

    Gail Lumus

  9. Mike Beard says:

    Great Doctor. He was my Doctor for many years. I will truly miss his humor and his sharing of his fishing stories with my on my visits.

  10. LOUIS Fadal says:

    Dr. Holder was always interesting to talk to. He was my dermatologist but he was also my friend. We talked fishing everytime i saw him whether in the office or in the cafeteria at work. When his friend Dr. Hill passed it seemed to take some of the excitement of talking about fishing from him but we always had interesting conversations about something. It was always fun…blunt, direct,opinionated…always interesting. We have missed seeing him around here at the Alexander campus for the last couple of years and we will miss him even more now knowing that he will not return. A good man. May he rest in peace.

    • Bo Hill says:

      Yes, if Dr. Holder and My dad(Dr. Hill) weren’t talking about a medical condition… they were talking fish or fishing!

      Bo Hill

  11. dayna Diven says:

    Dr. Holder volunteered with us at UTMB and it was such a treat and a privilege to get to know him. Never a dull moment with Bob!

  12. Terry Beck says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. He was a kind and compassionate man and has been missed since retirement. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace at this time of great loss.

  13. Jamie Dickens says:

    Julie, Beth and Susan,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Julie is so dear to me and I feel like I know you both as well. Know that my heart goes out to you and you each are in my prayers. May you find comfort, peace and understanding that only God’s love will provide. Julie, I’m here for you always and love you with my whole heart.


    • Julie Morrow says:

      Thank you, Jamie. Susan, Beth and I appreciate your constant support and thoughts and prayers. I treasure our friendship and I love you dearly. Many thanks to you and Kathy.

    • Julie Morrow says:

      Thank you, Jamie. Susan, Beth and I appreciate your constant support and thoughts and prayers. I treasure our friendship and love you dearly. Many thanks to you and Kathy.

  14. Kelvin Shaw, MD says:

    My condolences and prayers to Dr. Holder’s family. He was a great dermatologist and I will miss him.
    Kelvin Shaw, MD

  15. Kathleen Fields says:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Dr. William Holder.
    He was a very warm and giving man to everyone. He will be missed dearly.

    Kindest Regards,

    Kathleen Fields
    Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
    HBO Wound Care Program

  16. Bo Hill says:

    On behalf of Dr. Robert Hill and family!!

    Dr. Holder and my dad Had practices at Gulf Coast Hospital, were very great friends! Great fishi g buddies! He travelled with my mom & dad to Rockport to fish

    Those 2 were seen with Dr. Holder literally standing on a dolly that the boat’s flat tire was sitting on AND going down the road just to balance the trailer to fet them home!! I know the 2 of them are together and Dad is telling Dr. Holder wheee all the fish are! I actually had a photo of their escapade but have no idea where ut us

    GOD Bless Dr. Holder and his family!

  17. Wendy Messerschmidt says:

    Don and I send our sincere condolences to the family. We held Dr. Holder in the highest regard and appreciated the excellent care he provided our family. I always enjoyed sparring with him a bit and teasing him about sounding like my father-in-law on occasion. He will be missed.
    Wendy Messerschmidt

  18. Laurie Ferguson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of DrHolder’s passing. He had been the “Go to” Dr. for my family for years. He was especially fond of my daughter,Meridith.She always kidded around with him and would refer to him as “Dr.Grouch”,because it made him smile. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. God bless you and you family.
    The Ferguson family

  19. Judy Abshier says:

    Susan and Kyle,

    So sorry to read about your dad! He was such an intelligent man/doctor. I always knew if I had an issue his diagnosis would be right on! After teaching with you, Susan, we always had much more to talk about because he loved telling me about your children! I can see him smile while sharing.

    Prayers and blessings of your memories,
    Judy Abshier

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