DEXTER -- Verlin Dempsey "Demp" Holden, 86, died March 27, 2012, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born March 1, 1926, in Shannon County, to the late Roy and Leona Kyle Holden, he was a founding member of the Southwest Church of the Nazarene in Dexter and later attended the First Baptist Church in Dexter. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, he was the owner of Verlin Holden and Sons Sawmill and Lumber Company and Holden Pallet Company in Dexter.
On Sept. 19, 1946, at Pocahontas, Ark., he married Iva Celeste Yates who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bill Holden, Stephen W. and Mary Kay Holden and Timothy Ray and Julie Holden of Dexter; two daughters and sons-in-law, Geneva Diane and David Garrett of San Antonio and Terri Rene and Robert Morgan of Dexter; one sister, Pauline Bailey of McKinney, Texas; and 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Sterling Holden, Earl Holden, Cleo Holden, Sam Holden, Carl Holden, R.M. "Mock" Holden and A.D. "Dink" Holden, and one sister, Emma Jean Hall.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 .m. today at the First Baptist Church in Dexter where services will be conducted at noon Friday with the Rev. Wayne Dismuke officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
The Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter in charge of arrangements.