George Thomas Holloway Sr., 92
by Halei Lamb | November 29, 2016 1:28 pm
Funeral services for George Thomas Holloway Sr., 92, of Midville will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Midville First Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Joiner officiating, assisted by Rev. Robert Daughtry. Interment will follow in the Midville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 from 5 – 7 p.m. He died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at Burke County Hospital after an extended illness.
Mr. George Thomas Holloway Sr. was born July 21, 1924 to Ottis and Lucy Bowen Holloway. He grew up working on his father’s farms in Candler and Bulloch Counties. He represented the State of Georgia at the National 4-H Club Convention in Chicago in Health as a teenager. During his freshman year at the University of Georgia, Holloway received the ROTC Loving Cup for Best Appearing Military. He later attended Georgia Military College. He joined the U. S. Army in 1943, serving in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II.
Holloway and his first wife, Sarah, who predeceased him in 1983, moved to Midville in 1947, opening the first movie theatre in the area. Throughout his lifetime as an entrepreneur, he maintained a strong work ethic, often working several jobs at a time. He owned and operated a furniture store, a clothing store, and an insurance company. He was also a director at the Bank of Midville. Holloway served as the postmaster in Midville for 30 years. Having a love of land, he began a lifetime career of buying and selling farmland.
After serving one term as a Midville city councilman, he became mayor in 1951. During his years as a public servant, new businesses relocated to town, city streets were improved, and the Southeast Georgia Experiment Station was located in the Midville area. A manned fire station and a library were also established.
Holloway served as a deacon at Midville Baptist Church, and he also served on the Burke County Welfare Board and the Burke County School Board. He was elected to serve on the Pineland Telephone Board and was a director for 22 years. He was also a member of the Midville Lions Club and the Free and Accepted Masons. Holloway leaves a legacy as a strong role model. His goal-setting and planning for the future, perseverance, hard work, pride in a job well done, good character and a spirit of helping others are traits to emulate. Being a strong disciplinarian, he exhibited faith, strength, courage, and humility even during the darkest days of physical decline. He was loved and respected by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Lanelle Holloway of Midville; two daughters, Sarah H. (Bill) Bangley of Palm City, Fla. and Amanda H. Kuipers (Don Sentell) of Sapphire, N.C.; one son, George Thomas (Leesa) Holloway Jr. of Port Orange, Fla.; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Piel, Jason (Jennifer) Howell, Matthew Chapin, Adam Chapin, Lauren (Clark) Sabo, and Lindsey (Matt) Watson; five great-grandchildren, Ansley, Austin, Jackson, David, and Cash; two stepsons, Stephen Harrell and Michael Harrell; longtime and closest friend, Dr. Walter Voyles of Waynesboro; and extended family.
Pallbearers are Cleve Mobley, Carson Cross, Jerry Richardson Larry Swanson, Robert Brown, Robbie Powers, Wayne Rountree, and Hyland Bunn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to the Midville First Baptist Church, P O Box 125, Midville, GA 30441 or the Midville City Cemetery, C/O Midville Garden Club, P O Box 162, Midville, GA 30441.
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.