Commentary

MILAM HISTORY

Chris Holcombe: ‘A good and faithful servant’
Joy Graham

When the name of the late Chris Holcombe is repeated, people from all areas of Milam County relate to the exemplary work she accomplished with the Milam County Extension Service.

Her interest in every child at every level of 4-H spoke to the dedication she had in her job.

She was a part of our family during our daughter’s time in the county organization.

It did not make a difference to Chris where you lived in the county, she had time to work and train adult leaders as well as the youth involved in 4-H.

Many of us were amazed at the way she led by example which developed the organization into one that stood out across the state.

Her leadership taught discipline and professionalism to the young people from the county.

Milam County had District and State level 4-H officers and youth that excelled each year at the statewide roundup in College Station.

Her interest toward children paid no attention to favoritism. She had time for every member the same. Parents and youth in Milam County knew if you were in the organization, you were expected to follow through on your project, keep an excellent record book and do your work with pride.

She followed up on every obligation of her position that was begun by another county note worthy extension leader, Edna Westbrook Trigg whose 100th year anniversary was honored in 2012.

Chris made many trips to College Station, Brownwood, and many district meetings in Central Texas.

She even began her courtship with Roddy that led to their marriage and the birth of their two sons.

She was an expert in managing to do more things well; keeping the organization on schedule, managing her family, working in church, and civic organizations.

I will always remember Chris for her energy, knowhow, unselfish use of time and standing firm on her commitments.

Great job “thy good and faithful servant.”

Chris we will miss you in presence but not your memory.

You laid the groundwork for those who follow.

maryjoygraham@yahoo.com


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