He often was the first person to step up if the pastor needed help, and Karla was often visiting friends in hospitals and caring for her aging mother-in-law, Hopper said.“They were wonderful godly, giving people,” their daughter, Deanna Staton, said Thursday.
She said the family was working on a statement about her parents to release to the news media in the evening.
Robert also played guitar in at First Baptist Church.“He was just so humble.
He used to laugh and say, ‘They used to call me a Renaissance man when I was in the military.’ ” Bentley said it was true.
He always put others first without hesitation,” said colleague Lisa Schmidt, who recruited Robert to Well Med.
“He and Shani were a compassionate couple who cared deeply for others.”Hopper shook his head as he stood guard at the Holcombes' sprawling farmland a mile and a half south of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
In recent years, Bruce Braden said, his brother had battled cancer and lost a lot of weight and hair from chemotherapy.
Even so, “he was hoping to have a nice number of years left to live with his family,” Bruce Braden told the Star.
“There are almost 1,500 individuals eligible to be placed into competition for this award each month,” wrote Col. “Bob’s selection implies that he is indeed one of the best!"We want to honor my parents for the wonderful life that they led instead of the jerk that did this.”At work at Pfeil’s Home and Garden Materials, where Sara was a receptionist, she would pull out her Bible and read it on slow day, said Crystal Anders, her co-worker.Other times they would talk, Sara giving Anders advice about raising young children, always with a "warm smile."“Very humble, very meek," Cooremans said.Carlin Brite “Billy Bob” includes Crystal’s pick for a girl or a boy, as well as the nicknames the other children had come up with, he wrote.It was not unusual for Bryan to stand in for the pastor at a service.
Two sons are following their father’s footsteps by serving in the Air Force.