In August of 2009 a Chattooga County man, Phillip Holder of Summerville, was involved in a disagreement with Boone County, Missouri officials over some metal that he had bid on in an online auction. In a letter dated July 28, 2009 Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight threatened Mr. Holder with criminal action but no charges were ever brought against Mr. Holder.  A civil suit was initiated by Boone County, Missouri against Mr. Holder seeking $8,000 in damages, however this action was subsequently dismissed by the County earlier this year.  For Mr. Holder’s comments on the actions of Boone County, Missouri see below:

A RIGHT TO DEFEND AN HONORABLE NAMELife changed for a hard working, life loving, God fearing family man from here in
Summerville, Ga.
many years ago. Phillip Holder found himself living in a body that was
suppose to have died and living with the consequences of what massive amounts of
interferon chemotherapy and steroids could do to the joints and bones of that body, along
with the disease that still was found to be incurable and debilitating. That being said, a
man still has the inherited will that an almighty God puts inside of him in trying to
provide for his family, no matter the pain of the body. This mentality Holder picked up
from staying close to his Grandfather as a child on a farm in Cherokee County, Alabama.
His Grandfather, from Jackson County, Ala., bought 600 acres of farmland in Cherokee
County before, "I was born", Holder put it. His Granddaddy had worked for the State
along with farming; working many years running a prison camp in Fort Payne at night
and farming during the day.
Holder takes a little pride in being a direct descendant of a Confederate Civil War
General named John Coffee, and a little less pride being a distant cousin to Randy
Owens. But nothing swells Holder up with more satisfaction and pride than the privilege
he has in carrying his Grandfather and Granny’s name. This inbred selfless determination
has helped Holder stay strong throughout his life, and helped him fight another time for
what was rightfully his. For; around a year ago, Holder ran across an auction of
approximately 23, 000 square feet of metal roofing. He showed it to his wife, Robin, and
she finally agreed with a little prodding that he could try and get it. They both knew they
needed to replace a roof with very limited resources. Holder won the auction and headed
to Columbia, Mo. to pick it up. But what should have been a simple transaction turned
out to be something that would cause Holder to loose the ability to sell enough of the
metal to get back what he paid and also to use the best of what he had too re-roof his
home. As the old saying goes, "If it looks to good to be true, it usually is". The sale of
the advertised amount was mishandled as the folks from Boone County would later admit
as they dismissed a civil suit against Holder for not giving back some of the purchase for
a nominal refund. You see, what cost him around 2600 dollars ended up costing him over
6,000 dollars. Also, as a result of a civil suit brought, was the loss caused by the depletion
of the sitting metal. Holder had a decision to make which meant taking a loss on a
rightfully purchased 23, 000 square feet of metal by giving back a third of it for 900
dollars, the equivalent of what he bid on a third of the total. But, he had more than that in
it for he drove round trip over 1300 miles twice to pick up and transport the metal to
. Holder had anticipated making one trip to transport metal home but the longest
length of the metal turned out to be 38 feet and not the 25 feet Holder was told.
"Everything about the sale was botched up, including the amount advertised to be sold",
Holder believes.

Holder had a decision to make, and he made it, "Keep what he paid for." But there
were some in Boone County, Mo. that thought different. Holder believes there was either
some of the metal stolen or there was really only suppose to be a sale of approximately
14,000 square feet of metal. "I hid nothing, Holder stated." Once he figured out he had
what the folks over the sale said they were looking for, he told them he had it. But once
he counted it over several times and kept coming up with approximately 21,000 square
feet, he knew it was rightfully his and he could not afford to just give it back just because
some people in Boone County said so.

To make a long story short: holding strong to what he felt was his, just like General
Coffee did in the Civil War, even though the confederacy was out manned and the
Government was not on their side; and, singing out loud just like he was down home in
Alabama with Randy (Teague) Owens, and all of the other cousins that really knew him,
as he drove to Missouri two more trips; going to Court to keep from allowing his name to
be thrown down without regard, and also from having to pay 8, 000 more dollars, which
he did not have, on top of the 6,000 dollars already spent on what was a 2600 dollar
purchase. "And I had to spend a night in the Hospital after the second trip, Holder said."

Yes! In the end, it came down to what Phillip had inherited, his Granddaddy’s name
and his Granddaddy’s blood and pride thanks to God’s patience and longsuffering .
"Holder is my family name, and thanks to God’s grace, I intend on it having good trade-
in value in Heaven as my family looks on with the same kind of feeling about being a
Holder as I have", he said. You see, Holder also learned he was fearfully and
wonderfully made by "Almighty God", from his father, who was Pastor to New Bethel
Baptist Church for 14 years before passing on. It has given Holder a sense of
responsibility accomplished, in that his oldest of two daughters placed the Holder name
as his third grandson’s middle name. By the way, the civil suit brought against Holder
was dismissed without prejudice. Holder said, he also was told the prosecuting attorney
had no plans of pressing charges. Holder says, "When a name is all you have left, you do
not give that away at any cost." "It’s a responsibility".