The Rev. Marvin Oliver Holladay

The Rev. Marvin Oliver Holladay, 83, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday morning, August 23, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following an extended illness.

Born August 29, 1937 in DeLand, FL, he was the youngest son of John Benjamin Holladay Sr. and Olivia Amanda Rush Holladay. He graduated from DeLand High School in 1955. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army where he served with the Green Beret. He attended Presidio of Monterey in Monterey, CA where he studied language. In his first tour, he served as a chaplain’s assistant in Iceland.  He was also in the 7th Special Forces while he trained to be a paratrooper.

He attended Stetson University for a year and studied Music. He then attended Piedmont Bible College in Winston Salem, NC where he obtained his bachelors of religious education in 1975. In his senior year, he served as the president of the student body.

He was a pastor in the Southern Baptist Association for 55 years, being ordained in 1966. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pamona Park, FL, associate pastor of Stetson Baptist Church, DeLand, FL, pastor of Blake Memorial Baptist Church, Lake Helen, FL, assistant pastor of Brentwood Baptist, High Point, NC, pastor of Lake Park Baptist Church in Sophia, NC, associate pastor of South Elm Street Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Kernersville, NC, pastor of Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Daniels, WV, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville, pastor of Zoar Baptist Church, Baxley, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Douglas and following retirement, served as interim pastor of Stokesville Baptist Church, Pearson.

He served for six years on the Georgia Baptist Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Pastor’s Committee for the Smyrna Baptist Association.

He was a member of Stokesville Baptist Church in Pearson but was currently attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Joseph Frederick Holladay, Thomas Elmo Holladay, Annie Roberta Kjeldson, Eula Irene Rawlins, John Benjamin Holladay Jr., Richard Erman Holladay and William Hartman Holladay.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Janice McNeal Holladay, Blackshear; two children, Victor Mason Holladay (wife Erin), Pottstown, PA and Vonda K. Bowling (husband Jeff), Rowlett, TX; five grandchildren, Harrison Bowling, Benjamin Holladay, Mason Bowling, Evan Holladay and Ryann Olivia Holladay; special “adopted” children and grandchildren, Jamie, Mandy, Mattie and Landon Lingenfelter of Waycross and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home.   

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, from the Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Stone officiating.  

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, from the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Gainesville with the Rev. Roy Bainey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in memory of the Rev. Marvin Holladay to Southern Baptist Mission Dignity Fund, Guidestone Financial Resources, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 2200, Dallas, TX 75244-6152 or to the Georgia Baptist Foundation, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway #200, Duluth, GA 30097.

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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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