Paul Edwin Holdsworth was born on Aug. 3, 1922, in Harvey, the son of Robert William and Reefa Elinor (Wilson) Holdsworth. He graduated from school in Harvey and then attended Central College. Paul played baseball for a farm team in Wisconsin that later became the Milwaukee Brewers, and was offered a contract to play for the Chicago White Sox. He turned down this offer in order to return to his home in Harvey and raise a family. Paul was inducted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 29, 1942, and proudly served his country for three years during World War II. He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Drake on Dec. 6, 1944. Paul worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Knoxville as a recreational therapist, a job he held for 28 years.
Paul’s faith was important to him, and he was a member of the Harvey United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Attica Masonic Gavel Lodge No. 229 and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. In his younger years, he was very active in Harvey community activities. Paul was also a huge baseball fan. Most important to him was his family. He was the cornerstone of his family and although he was conservative with his opinions, he always gave the most constructive advice. He was a kind and generous man who always made sure his wife and kids were provided for.
Paul passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines at the age of 91 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Eugene and William Holdsworth. Those left to honor his memory include his wife of nearly 69 years, Mary; sons, Robert and Greg Holdsworth; grandchildren, Nicholas, Brian, David and Faith; 4 great-grandchildren; and many cherished friends.
A visitation will begin on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. A Masonic Service will be held at 6 p.m. that evening. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knoxville American Legion Baty-Tucker Post No. 168, VFW John Myers Post No. 3519 and the United States Army, will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.