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Charles S. Holley
A committal service was held Monday at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella for Charles Sherman Holley, 55, of Phelan. He died Dec. 19, 2007 in a highway accident in Phelan.

Arrowhead Aftercare of Highland was is in charge of arrangements, along with Veterans Services Office.

Born April 15, 1952, Charles was born to Curtis H. Holley and Emmie Easttom Holley on April 15, 1952 in Modesto and raised in the Ceres-Modesto area. He enjoyed playing and studying music. Mr. Holley played several instruments, including the guitar.

After retiring from the Army with the rank of SP4, he earned his AA degree from Pierce College of Woodland Hills in 1973. He graduated from California State University Northridge in 1977 with a BA in journalism. Some of his journalistic experience was: editor of the Ceres High campus newspaper in 1969; a writer, English department Pierce College 1971; Production Assistant campus newspaper California State University, Northridge, 1976. He was also a reporter for the Army newspaper The Credentials in Bad Kreuznach, West Germany in 1978. Charles was a proud member of both the Society of Professional Journalists and the California State University Northridge Alumni Association. For the last eight years Charles lived in the high desert country near Phelan. While there he volunteered for The Salvation Army Church of Victor Valley Corps in Victorville.

He leaves behind his father and step-mother, Curt and Linda Holley of Ceres; three brothers, Roger O. Holley of Empire, Curtis H. Holley Jr. of Ceres, and Chris B. Holley of Modesto; five sisters, Verna I. Mosley and Sheila G. Zandbergen, both of Modesto, Brenda K. McGuire and Sandra J. Russell, both of Ceres, and Rebecca M. Linam of Manteca; and his previous step-mother, Patsy B. Crawford of Ceres. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emmie Holley Davis.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /January 30, 2008