A Celebration of Life memorializing James Edward "Jim" Holley will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana.
Jim was born March 24, 1941 in Galveston County, Texas to Erma Louise Kennington Holley and Edward Ray Holley. He died peacefully December 5, 2021 surrounded by loved ones in Benton, Louisiana
Jim grew up in several places, notably Jackson Hole, Wyoming, of which he loved the most and spoke fondly of his time there stating they were some of the toughest but best times of his life before moving back to Martin, Louisiana and graduating from Martin High School. He then proudly and honorably served in the United States Marine Corp where he earned the rank of E4 Lance Corporal in C company 8th Engineer Battalion during the Vietnam War. He retired from General Electric as supervisor of metal fabrication and was a member of the Martin-McClanahan Masonic Lodge.
Jim was passionate about gardening, hunting, fishing and knifemaking. He was an avid outdoorsman and marksman who enjoyed sharing his love for the outdoors with family and friends over the years. After retirement, he spent many years working diligently making beautiful knives to be auctioned off for the Dream Hunt Foundation to provide the chance for disabled or terminally ill children to go on guided hunting or fishing trips.
Jim wanted to be remembered as "fun-loving and a friend". If you knew Jim, you knew him to be so much more. He was a generous, loving and kind man who never met a stranger. Tough but gentle, his heart was as big as it was strong. He was always happy to help a friend in need and was the epitome of a proud American and family man.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, aunts, uncles and special cousins. He will be missed greatly by the love of his life and wife of 51 years, Diana Smith Holley, daughters Cyndi Holley, Jamie Holley and wife Rachelle, sister Leisa Holley, his treasured grandchildren Ariana Edwards and Lucas Gagnon, nephews Reed Duggan, Brad Layfield, Wesley Cox and nieces Samantha Thibodeaux and Tiffany Cox.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Brooke Moseley, Kaitlyn Exline and Julie Reynolds at LifePath Hospice for the kindness and support shown during our loved ones passing.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you would consider making a donation to Dream Hunt Foundation at https://www.dreamhunt.tv