1978 Frenship HS grad is learning to play the guitar, works at post office

Music continues to be important to a former Frenship High School trumpet player.

Hal Holder was an All-Region Band member in his senior year, 1978.

Now he is learning to play guitar and has a vast music collection ranging from Rascal Flatts to Ozzy Osbourne. He also sings in the First Baptist Church choir.

Few of his friends or former classmates would suspect that Holder, now a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, has a basement that is covered in KISS memorabilia.

Following graduation from FHS, Holder went to Texas Tech, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1982. He first went to work as a Kmart manager, but when he met his future wife, Sharon, they decided to open a business together.

“We decided to go into the dry cleaning business,” said Holder. His parents had owned a dry cleaning business.

“They were already retired, so we started all over again,” said Sharon.

Six weeks after their wedding, they opened their business, Holders Dry Cleaners, near 34th Street and Frankford Avenue. They ran the business for 21 years, working together each day, before deciding to sell it in 2005.

Holder joined the U.S. Postal Service in 2006 and loves it, he said, emphasizing that it is less stress than owning a business.

Holder was on the Frenship Independent School District Board of Education from 1990 to 1996. He said he and Sharon made a decision to live and work in Frenship so their son, Joshua, could attend school in the district.

“We made it a point to move out to the district. We knew that this was the school district we wanted him in,” said Holder.

He still keeps in touch with some friends from high school, but meets more regularly with the ones who moved away. At a recent 30th reunion, he said he realized that many of his classmates never moved away.

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