H.F. Fritz Holcomb of Gainesville died Tuesday. He was 78. Mr. Holcomb was born in Jacksonville and moved to Gainesville 17 years ago. He was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. A graduate of The Citadel and George Washington University, he served as a pilot in the Vietnam War and was recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak clusters. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Anne Holcomb of Gainesville; daughters Joni Hester of Gainesville, Frances Schroeckenthaler of Madison, Wis., and Christy MacDonald of Orlando; and three grandchildren. Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

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