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Longtime GISD Board secretary Holcombe steps down

W.H. Holcombe is presented with a plaque by GISD Superintendent Don Hamilton to honor his many years of dedicated service to the District.W.H. Holcombe is presented with a plaque by GISD Superintendent Don Hamilton to honor his many years of dedicated service to the District.

After serving on the Groveton ISD School Board for over three decades, Mr. W. H. Holcombe has decided not to run for re-election. Mr. Holcombe was appointed on November 19, 1983. On October 21, 1985, he was elected as Secretary, a position he has held ever since. Mr. Holcombe has been an invaluable member of our School Board, and has been instrumental in many of the Board's decisions over the years. He has always been very active with Groveton ISD, and became a member of the FFA Booster Club in 1979. He has always believed in looking out for all children.

Mr. Holcombe is also a member of the First Baptist Church Groveton, Eastern Star (since 1964), Lodge AM FM 284-Groveton Chapter No. 1035 (since 1968), Trinity County Sheriff's Posse (since 1964), and the Trinity County Area Go Texan Committee (since 1996).

In 1958, Mr. Holcombe received his American Farmer Degree. In November 1958, he enlisted in the Army. In November of 1959, he served in Korea as an Honor Guard. He was there for thirteen months. When Mr. Holcombe got out of the Army, he returned to Groveton, and went to work for TDC. He worked for TDC until December 1961. At that time he moved to Houston where he went to work for Universal Packing & Gaskets. Then in 1964, Mr. Holcombe went to work for National Life & Accident Insurance Company, and later that year, for Zappa Oil. After he left Zappa Oil, he moved back to Groveton, where he did ranch work for various people. In 1969, Mr. Holcombe went to work for Southland Paper Mill. Southland merged with St. Regis in 1976, and later became Champion Paper. Mr. Holcombe retired from Champion Paper in 1999. After he retired, he helped out at Archer Logging, and at Trinity County Abstract Company, which is owned by his wife, Liz.

Mr. Holcombe and his wife Liz have two sons, Anthony (Termite) and Leo (Boots). They also have six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three great grand nephews, and two great-grand nieces.

Mr. Holcombe's dedication to Groveton ISD is very much appreciated, and we will miss him greatly.