Hollis M. Creel
Hollis Melvin Creel, 85, of Warrior, Alabama passed from this life on the morning of Tuesday, July 15th in Birmingham, AL. His death was the result of a fall at his home on the preceding Friday.
Mr. Creel was born on August 14, 1928 in Arkadelphia, AL to his parents Author and Nellie Creel. He grew up in Corner, AL and attended college at Alabama Christian College where he met his wife, Robbye. He worked as a full-time gospel preacher for 57 years in various churches of Christ across the southeast. He and his wife raised three children together.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Robbye Gravitt Creel, his sister Esharon McKay and brother Billy Creel, children Larry Creel, Richard Creel and his wife Beth, Benita Petty and her husband Robert, seven grandchildren (Dina and her husband Justin, Nicole and her husband Josh, Allison and her husband Jerry, Jillian, Catherine and her husband Jake, Kelsey and Jackson) and five great-grandchildren(Bennet, Brooks, Evan, Hadley and Tate). He was preceded in death by his parents Author and Nellie Creel, and siblings Curtis Creel, Ralph Creel, Ruth Schooley, Harold Creel, and Winnell Paine.
Hollis was a humble and unassuming servant of the Lord, never trying to bring the spotlight on himself. He was soft-spoken in general, but bold in speaking the truth and against all religious error. It is estimated that he preached over 6,000 sermons in addition to teaching countless bible classes and home bible studies. His influence for good in spreading the gospel is far-reaching.
If asked about his greatest accomplishments in life, Mr. Creel would have undoubtedly said that it was having raised children who are faithful to the Lord and the many Christians he influenced to obey the gospel through preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
All services will be held at the Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home at 1498 5th Avenue, Pleasant Grove, AL 35127. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the funeral service will be held on Friday, July 18th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. The family was very impressed with the staff and facilities at the UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit where Hollis Creel was cared for in his final days. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please use the following link to make an honorarium in Mr. Creel's name.
Robert and Arline Harkrider
We are thinking and praying for all of you at this time. A good and righteous man has gained his true home; but we will miss him. Love, God Bless,
Bob and Arline
I'm thinking and praying for you all. I pray that in time the void felt by his departure will be filled with wonderful memories of his love for his family and his good example to all.
Wanda Roberts Lovette
Hollis and I crossed paths many times over the years preaching in Alabama. I was always impressed by his quiet unassuming demeaner yet firm and clear convictions.
Robert and Margie Hooie
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Creel family at this time. We have many fond memories of Brother Hollis when we lived in Montgomery.
Ray and Joyce Cooley
We feel as though we have lost a part of our family also because that is how we think of you. Our prayers are with you and we can be assured from the life Hollis lived he is at rest with the Lord.
If ever asked about my favorite preachers, Hollis was always the first on my list. I loved his devotion to scripture without embellishment. I learned a great deal from every lesson I ever heard. He will be sorely missed. There can be no doubt that he is now with Abraham and we will see him again in a better life at the resurrection.
Charles and Nicole Ashe
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Benita and Robert, on behalf of Manheim and Cox Enterprises, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are both valued members of the Cox Family of companies and we share in your grief during the loss of your beloved father.
Nicole and Charles Ashe Jr.
Linda & Leon Mauldin
Linda and I always held Uncle Hollis in highest esteem, love & honor. We are saddened by his passing, but rejoice in hope. The Truth which brought us together in this life will be with us forever (2 John 2). Blest be the tie that binds!
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God's sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible. (Consider Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29) Those who are raised to life will have the prospect of never again being subjected to misery, sickness, or death. (Revelation 21:3-5) I hope that reflecting on these thoughts will give you some relief during this difficult time.