He was born to the union of John. W. and Jessie Ogle Holloway on the family farm in South Bradley County on Jan. 2, 1928.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Carolina; his parents; two sisters: Barbara Holloway and Frances Roberts; and three brothers: Walter, Clyde and Raymond Holloway.
He is survived by three wonderful children: Alan Holloway (Helen), Sharon Gallaher (Terry) and Joy Akins (Tim); two sisters: Cora Davis and Joyce Allmon; three brothers: Bobby, Vernon and Deryle Holloway; eight loving grandchildren; and six precious great-grandchildren. All were the pride of his life.
He was dedicated to God and God’s work and to his church, which he faithfully served. He was converted at age 16 at a cottage prayer meeting and became a member of South Cleveland Church of God for more than 60 years. He served as church clerk for 35 years under 11 pastors. He served in many capacities at South Cleveland on various committees and boards.
He loved southern gospel singing, participating in duets, trios, quartets, choirs and bands. He was a member of the former International Forward in Faith Church Choir. He was truly dedicated to his family and his church, which he served with pride.
He served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve for six years before being honorably discharged. He loved all sports and played and coached for many years in the church league. He played his last game of softball at the age of 75, then he watched and supported his children and grandchildren as they played.
He was employed with Associated Grocery of Tennessee, Cleveland Water System, Burlington Industry of Cleveland, and Goodlets Food Markets, where he co-founded the Tennessee Retail Grocers Association and served on its board of directors for 10 years.
For the past 40 years, he has been an active member of River Counties Association and for the past several years has been a broker/affiliate with Gilbert Real Estate and Property Management. He has also been an active member of the Gideon International South Camp for several years.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the South Cleveland Church of God with Pastor Chris Moody and the Revs. Wendell Smith and Mark Williams officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hilcrest Cemetery with Brian, Casey and Terry Gallaher, Zach and Marcus Holloway and Tim Akins serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Gideon International South Camp.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at the church and also one hour prior to the service.
Anyone wishing to make memorial Bible gifts in his honor may do so through Gideon’s Cleveland South Camp or make donations to South Cleveland Church of God’s building fund in lieu of flowers.
The North Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with the family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.