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July 15, 2013

Jacksonville's own Luman Holman to be honored for decades of service to Kiwanis Club

JACKSONVILLE — Over the past century or so, Luman Holman and his family have become indispensable public symbols of Jacksonville's incredible growth and forward-moving progress.

Before the 94-year-old Holman was even born, his pioneer parents (and older brother) journeyed to the area, settling here in 1917. Wilson was born, grew up, and eventually met and married his wife Rosemary. Together they had seven children – helping shepherd the town's growth along the way.

Next week, the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville will honor Holman, formally thanking him for his 70 years of fantastic local contributions and guidance, Kiwanis representative Nancy Washburn confirmed in an email.

This celebration takes place Thursday at Noon at the Challenge at The Woods.

Both Holman and his late wife Rosemary (she passed away in October 2011) were very active in Jacksonville for some time.

The future Rosemary Holman transferred from Baylor University to Lon Morris College prior to 1940. There, she and Luman Holman met and fell in love. They were married March 4, 1939.

As of their 70th anniversary, the Holmans reportedly had 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. The couple ultimately celebrated their 72nd anniversary right before Rosemary passed.

Some years ago, as Rosemary finished college and took on local teaching jobs in the Jacksonville Independent School District and at Jacksonville Baptist College, she and Luman set the example for family excellence in their community.

In October 2002, the East Texas Fair Foundation named Holman, his wife, and their family  “Family Of The Year.”

Luman Holman, meanwhile, has other claims to fame. He is well-known for a line of cattle that started bearing his name as of 1972. One of his sons purchased a group of Butler longhorns for him at an auction in Sealy and transported them to his ranch, Kaso Kety wrote in a butlertexaslonghorns.com article.

“Mr. Luman Holman couldn't have been happier and he turned one lucky afternoon into a 19-year love affair with the Texas Longhorn,” Kety wrote.

Kety wrote that Holman cattle are best known for their productivity and milking ability, but possess one of the most diverse color ranges of any family of Longhorns.

“While many of the cattle have superior horns, the Holman emphasis has not been on horn, but rather on the selection of cattle that fit the Holman mold of rugged cattle that can survive whatever is thrown at them and still come up smiling,” Kety wrote.

“They are a cattleman's cattle and Mr. Luman Holman wouldn't have it any other way.”

Holman, a partner in Cobb Holman Lumber Company, is also a longtime member of the Tyler Street Baptist Church. He is the past governor of the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis International District, former director for the Tyler Federal Land Bank, East Texas Baptist College and Boy Scouts of America.

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