The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 20, 2014

James J. Holden

JOPLIN, Mo. — James J. Holden, age 84, formerly of Joplin, passed away at 3:12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield after a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 27, 1929, in the Chitwood community of Joplin, he was the son of the late Aaron and Rosie Waggoner Holden. He lived in Joplin his lifetime until moving to be near a daughter in Springfield following the 2011 Joplin tornado.

James served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a licensed Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Appraiser. He was an avid fisherman.

On July 13, 1952 he married Patsy A. Jeter in Eureka Springs, Ark. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jim Holden, of Joplin; two daughters, Kathy Firey and husband, Sam, of Joplin, Debbie Whitlock and husband, Brad, of Springfield; two grandchildren, Michael Holden, of Joplin, Tamblyn Rowe, of Oklahoma City; three great-grandchildren, Tori, Logan and Jade; two great-great-grandchildren, Ciera and Bella.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Parker Chapel with Rev. Charlie Burnett officiating. Interment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Monday until service time at the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

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