Benjamin Harrison Holcomb
Funeral services for Benjamin Harrison Holcomb, age 111, Apache, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at First Baptist Church of Apache with the Rev. Arthur Blount, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Carnegie, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Travis Wollenberg, pastor of the Apache First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of CrewsFuneral Home.
Mr. Holcomb was born July 3, 1889, in Brown County, Kan. He died Dec. 2, 2000, in Carnegie.
He moved from Kansas to Dewey County, Okla., as a child, attended prep school in Blackwell, then moved to Caddo County in 1905.
He married Ollie Leona Rich on Aug. 10, 1912. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Holcomb farmed in Caddo County until he was 105. He worked in civil service at Fort Sill until he retired. He married Katherine Darnell on Feb. 3, 1954, at Chickasha. She preceded him in death on April 25, 1993.
Mr. Holcomb was recently named the World's Oldest Living Man by the Guinness Book of Records. He made a profession of faith and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by a son, John O. Holcomb, Cyril; two daughters, Lucile Bridwell, Carnegie, and Leona A. Ford, Apache; a stepdaughter, Eula Mae Chapman, Hydro; nine grandchildren, including John Bridwell, Ardmore; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Woodrow Rich, California. He was preceded in death by a son, Chester, in 1944; and a daughter, Vivian Stiokoff, on Jan. 2, 1998.
© Carnegie Herald
January 19, 1949
Sgt Chester Benjamin Holcomb
Reburial Rites For Sgt. Holcomb In Apache Sunday
Reburial service for S/Sgt. Chester B. Holcomb, former Flying Fortress waist gunner, will be at 2:30 Sunday in the Apache Baptist church. Rev. C.C. Scott, pastor, will conduct the service and military rites at the graveside will be under auspices of the Apache American Legion post. He was a brother of Mrs. Denton Bridwell of this place.
Holcomb was a Caddo county boy, being born northwest of Apache April 17, 1918.
He attended school at Broxton and Cameron college.
He enlisted in the air corps Aug. 20, 1942, and went overseas in September, 1943, and was stationed at an air base in England.
He was killed in air action while on a mission over France Jan. 14, 1944. He was 25 years old.
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