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James Allan “Rocky” Holliday

October 4, 2011

James Allan “Rocky” Holliday

James Allan “Rocky” Holliday, age 75, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at his residence in Columbus. Funeral services are today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Sam Morris and the Rev. Tony Proctor officiating. Burial will follow at Palo Alto Cemetery in Clay County.
Mr. Holliday was born Dec. 25, 1935, in Houston, to the late Wilma Lorene Baird and Frank Arndt Holliday. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a 1954 graduate of Houston High School. After graduation he began working for Big Star Grocery in West Point, until May 1958, when he joined the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Outstanding Service Certificate while serving with the 67th artillery Nike Ajax Missile Unit in Berkley, Calif. He received an honorable discharge in 1961, and came home to marry Dorothy Dexter of West Point. They were married June 18. 1961, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He returned to the grocery business at Pennington’s Big Star in Columbus. In 1965, he became manager of Sunflower on Military Road, where he retired in Dec. 1997, after 32 years of service. One of his life long hobbies was to become a cattle farmer after helping his father-in-law Bill Dexter with his cattle for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Holliday of Columbus; three daughters: Millie Morson (John), of Clarksdale, Missy Holliday, of Columbus, Alana Wablington (Chris), of West Point; six grandchildren: Leigh Dexter Morson, Alexander Morson, Amelia Morson, Andrew Morson, Mackenzie Wablington, and Emma Riley Wablington; two sisters: Janice Fowler (Joe), of West Point, Jean Noblin, of West Point; and one brother: Andrew Holliday (Keiko), San Antonio, Texas.
Pallbearers are Walter Moore, Don Hudson, Pete Dexter, Frankie Fowler, Ray Bowman, and Bill Brigham.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Brett Brown, Fox Haas, and members of the Lewis Fellowship Class.
Memorials may be made to:
First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 32, Columbus, MS 39703;
American Cancer Hope Lodge,
2998 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.
Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

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