Sue Holder

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you news of the passing of our dear sister-in-the-law Sue Holder, PLS, yesterday morning.  Sue was a charter member of Saline County LSP, and a true supporter and active member of AALS for as long as her health allowed.  We have missed Ms. Sue’s attendance at our meetings for the past year or so, but we treasure the memories of her wit, kindness, and love shown to AALS members and all who knew her.  She was dear to our hearts. Our sincere condolences to her sister-by-heart Dot Griffin, PLS, her family and her many, many friends.  Further details of the memorial service, etc. will be shared as soon as available.  Please remember her family in your personal prayers. 


March 15, 1934  –  October 15, 2017

On Sunday, October 15, Clara Sue Thomas Gunter Holder, of Benton, Arkansas, received her wings to her journey into the glorious gates of Heaven, where many before awaited to welcome her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Nellie Chastain Thomas; her children’s father, Dewell Warren Gunter; her second husband, Oscar Holder; granddaughter, Stephanie Renee Anderson; step-son Ronnie Holder; and son-in-law Arthur Montgomery Anderson Jr.

Sue is survived by her sons, Philip Gunter (Deborah) and Glenn Gunter (Lisa); daughter, Carla Gunter Anderson; grandchildren, Charity Gunter Olive, Nichole Anderson Edwards (Jason), Curtis Kennedy, Krystal Steel (Keith), Star Strayhorn, Jessie Gunter, and Stormy Gunter; great granddaughter, Natalie Elizabeth Olive; great grandsons, Vincent and Grant Edwards; step-daughter, Theresa Picklesimer (David); step-grandsons, Tony Picklesimer (Cathy) and Mark Picklesimer (Jennifer); step-great grandsons, Matthew, Jacob and Joshua Picklesimer and Nicholas and Kevin Kennedy; former daughter-in-law, Sheryl Roberts; special sister and brother, Dot and James Griffin; brother, Walker Thomas (Helen); nephews, Wesley, Wade and Whitney Thomas; great niece, Lauren Thomas; great nephew, Perry Thomas; and great grandniece, “Kitty” Thomas. She will be greatly missed by the many relatives and friends in the legal field as well.

Sue was born to Herbert and Nellie Chastain Thomas on March 15, 1934, in Bland, Arkansas. She attended Paron Schools, where she graduated, and then attended Capital City Business College.

She worked as a legal secretary for Ben McCray, Hall, Tucker & Lovell law firm and Capital Credit Corporation in Little Rock. She then worked as a legal assistant for Pete Lancaster alongside Curtis Rickard and Bob Garrett, then Greg Brown, Randy Satterfield, Cindy Moody, David Smith, Meredith Wineland, Joe Hardin, Ken Casady, Dustin Dyer and Thomas Burns. Sue ended up working at Jensen, Young & Houston where she retired in 2008. She had many years of work in the legal field, which she enjoyed immensely.

She was a Charter member of a tri-level association, the Saline County Legal Support Professionals; AALS, the association for Arkansas Legal Support Professionals; and NALS, the National Association for Legal Support Professionals. She served, on the local level, as president, secretary, treasurer, state director along with chairing many committees. She also served, on a state level, on many committees and elected offices, including president from 1990 to 1991. Sue received the Arkansas Legal Support Professional Award of Excellence in 2007. During her years of being associated with AALS, she was fortunate to be able to travel to many places for Continuing Legal Education.

Sue was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 19, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047), 306 S. Main in Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, October 18, at the Funeral Home.


Article by Tami Dodd

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    Janice Miller October 17, 2017

    We lost a real jewel when we lost Sue. She left behind so many friends and family that love her and cherish all of the good memories. I know that she is at peace and her life continues to inspire and stand as an example for many. So proud to have known her and called her my friend!

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