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In Memory Of Our Poets

Richard Taylor Holley (1920-2008) - Class Of 1940

Richard Taylor Holley, Major, Retired, U.S. Army, died peacefully at his resi­dence in Wetumpka on Sun­day, April 20, 2008. Born to John Hosea Holley and Alpha Jane Rutherford Holley on July 2, 1920 in Macon County, Alabama, he was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Montgomery serv­ing as deacon. Mr. Holley was most remembered at the Scott Street Registration Desk, welcoming all with his quiet, warm greeting on Sunday morning.

Major Holley served his country for 25 years with honor and distinction. His mili­tary career included two wars, New Guinea, Southern Philippines, World War II and the Korean War.

Funeral serv­ices were held on Wednes­day, April 23, 2008 at 11:00AM at Leak-Memory Chapel with Dr. Jay Wolf officiating. Visitation was one hour pri­or to the service. Burial fol­lowed the services at Oakwood Annex with full military hon­ors.

Major Holley is survived by:

  • His Loving Wife of 62 Years, Peggy Amanda Murphy Hol­ley
  • His Daughters,
    • Jane Ruther­ford Holley Schneider (Ric­hard), Travers City, Michigan
    • Lisbeth Murphy Holley, Mt. View, California
    • Margaret Ann Holley (Harvey Norton), Yucca Valley, California
  • His Granddaughter, Amanda Garrett Cousins, Fairfield, Iowa
  • His Grandson, Max Bottaro, Santa Barbara, California
  • His Brothers,
    • Francis "Pete" Holley, Decatur, Georgia
    • Ben Stalker Holley (Marilyn),Foley, Alabama
  • His Nieces,
    • Sharon Bertschi, Alexandria, Virginia
    • Agnes Bell, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Nancy Breland, Panama City, Florida
  • His Nephews,
    • Johnny Holley, Lilburn, Georgia
    • Robert Holley, Detona, Florida
    • Jimmy Mea­cham, Orange Park, Florida


  • Max Botto­ra,
  • Johnny Holley,
  • Richard Schneider,
  • Jimmy Meacham,
  • Robert Holley, Jim Atwell,
  • Peter D. Summer.

Honorary pallbearers are his broth­ers in Christ in the Friendship-Cosmopolitan Bible Fellow­ship Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to :

  • First Baptist Church Caring Center
  • First Baptist Church Building Fund,
  • the First Baptist Church Foundation

Leak Memory Chapel Directing

Funeral Home: LEAK MEMORY
Publication Date: 04/22/2008