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William “Bill” Holley, 70


Mr. William “Bill” Holley
of the Hensleys Creek Community was pronounced dead on arrival at the age of 70
at Cookeville Regional Medical Center at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday afternoon July 6,
2011 after suffering a fatal heart attack at his Billtown Lane home. U. S. Navy
military graveside services were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon July


Chaplin Bobby Talbert
officiated and burial followed in the Holley family lot at Defeated Creek
Memorial Gardens. He was one of eight children of the late James Wilburn and
Elsie Elizabeth Chapman Holley and was born William Garland Holley in the
Conway Community near Pulaski in rural Giles County. A sister Sadie Edwards
preceded him in death as did two brothers, John and James Holley. Mr. Holley
was reared in the Montague section of Madison and was a 1958 graduate of
Madison High School and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a
degree in Traffic and Transportation. On August 27, 1960 at the Madison
Presbyterian Church he was married to his childhood sweetheart, the former
Judith Gayle Kemp. With a lifetime career in the freight business he and his
wife created Air Alert International in 1985 and sold the company and retired
to rural Jackson County in 1995. He was a member of the City Road United
Methodist Church in Madison. Mr. Holley proudly served our country with the
United States Navy from August 1, 1958 until being honorably discharged on
September 22, 1961 as a grade three Personnel Officer. Surviving in addition to
his wife of almost fifty one years are four daughters, Lisa Holley of Hensleys
Creek, Leslie Holley and Nikki Holley Young and husband Michael all of Smyrna,
Lauren Holley of Hensleys Creek; four sisters, Lucy Foster and husband Dudley
of Madison, Jimmie Lou Pope and husband Howard of Cornersville, Ruby Austin of
Champmansboro, Sara Brantley and husband Roy of Nashville; two grandchildren,
Joshua and Angelica Young of Smyrna.