Meals on Wheels Honoree: ‘I Just Do What I can’
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By LORETTA FULTON
Ray Holder’s philosophy of helping others is a modest, understated one, but it has earned him respect and gratitude.
“I just do what I can–help when I can,” Holder said.
The folks he delivers meals to each week are glad that Holder chose Meals on Wheels Plus as a place he can help. He started delivering meals in 2009 and in February 2021 was named Volunteer of the Month. His picture and comments are posted on the bulletin board at Meals on Wheels. A quote from Holder explains the basis for his philosophy of serving.
“A disciple of Jesus is called to fix the broken, which includes giving a glass of water, food, clothing, and housing.”
Each week, Holder, assisted by his wife, Rhonda, and daughter, Shelley Holder, delivers meals to one route on Thursdays and two routes on Fridays. He also is a substitute for another route. Most people would chuckle at Holder’s comments about his volunteer efforts.
“I’m 82,” he said. “I don’t do much of anything anymore.”
Holder spent his early years in the Goldthwaite area and moved with his family to Avoca when he was in seventh grade. He graduated from Avoca High School in 1957.
Holder enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 1960, earned a degree in accounting, and then worked for the university from 1965-1985. He owned Hall Sign Company for 15 years and later worked for Habitat for Humanity for 10 years as a bookkeeper and supervisor over volunteers at construction sites.
Holder attended 11th and Willis Church of Christ while a student at ACU and remained active there after graduation, previously serving as a deacon. For fun, Holder enjoys country and western dancing and square dancing.
Holder got his inspiration for serving others both at church and at home, where he had good role models.
“My mother was always helping people,” he said. “I believe that’s something you ought to do.”
Loretta Fulton is creator and editor of Spirit of Abilene