Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 7, 2012

Family in Need

By Deanna Brown
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — In the early morning hours of Sept. 6, a fire in Angus completely destroyed the home of Troy Holliman, his son Eric and wife Gretchen, and their three children, Kandis, age 17; Kari, 12; and Kain, age 10.

According to Marsha Jones of First Baptist Church of Eureka (the Holliman’s church) the children go to school at Mildred, Eric works in Dallas, and Gretchen works at Tiger Tote.

Lost were the entire home, all the contents, and Troy Holliman’s car, which was parked nearby.

That night, Troy Holliman went to stay with his daughter and her family, and the Eric Holliman family was put up in a motel provided by the American Red Cross.

Jones said the family has a camper trailer that survived the fire, and is planning to stay in it until they can find permanent housing. So far, there have been clothing donations, which are very appreciated.

The message from their church posted on  Facebook, in part, is as follows:

“We are asking for donations to help them start over because they lost everything. We are asking for people to donate $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can to help this family buy clothes, necessities, and to help them reach the goal of finding a home and a vehicle. Let us know what you can donate and we will arrange for it to be picked up if necessary or it can be mailed to the church at FBCE, 8718 Hwy 287 S., Corsicana TX 75109.

Please help Eric, Gretchen, Kari, Kain, Kandis and their grandpa Troy. Please keep them in prayer. Remember they have nothing so there is no such thing as something too small or too big. Please help anyway you can!

Prayer, food, clothing, household items (dishes, cooking utensils, towels, blankets, sheets, etc), toothbrushes, personal hygiene items, etc. Thank you all in advance. God bless you all.

Sizes: Girls: Junior pants sizes 3-5 and 5-7, medium shirts, size 8 shoes. Boy: 12 husky pants, lg-xl. Shirts 3 1/2 shoes. Womens: Lg shirt, pants 11/12, shoe size 8. Mens: shirts XL and 2XL, pants 38 or 40x32 and 44x 30, Shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 9.

Please join us in blessing this family on the road to reestablishment and recovery. Please keep them in prayer.”

An account has been established at Community National Bank and Trust styled “Holliman Family Fire Fund” and donations may be made at any CNB&T locations.

Pastor Eddie and Marsha Jones are hoping to have a storage unit donated to hold the contributed items until the Hollimans have a permanent residence. They are planning to hold a garage sale soon, the proceeds of which will go to the Holliman family.

The Jones will meet and pick up donations, and you may contact them at (903) 875-9884 Pastor Eddie, and (903) 875-9706 Marsha.

Navarro County is a place where hearts are big and hands love to help. Let’s help this family in their time of need.


Deanna Brown is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. She may be reached by email at