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Obituary - Jimmy D. Holloway

Jimmy D. Holloway, 81, of West, Miss., passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Holloway was a consumer protection division inspector for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Wedgeworth Holloway; brother, Jack Holloway; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Holloway. He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Meridian, Miss.; son, Randy Holloway of West (the Possumneck community); brother, Danny Hollway and sister-in-law, Frances Holloway, both of Meridian, Miss.

Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at 11:00a.m. at the Kosciusko First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at the Parkway Cemetery with Jordan Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Holloway was an active member of Kosciusko's First Baptist Church since 1972.

While Holloway was in high school in Lauderdale, Miss., he began his Tennessee Walking Horse training career. He worked as a groom for the late J.H. Noblin. The late C.G. Smith of Blytheville, Ark. gave Holloway his first job as a trainer. He later took a job with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pointer of Pointer Stables in Combo, Miss.

In 1952, Holloway's training career was put on hold while he served two years during the Korean War.

Following his military service, Holloway moved to the Possumnneck Community outside West, Miss., where he began training for C.D. Maddox Stables in 1954. In 1971, Holloway purchased Maddox Stables, including horses, land, equipment and cattle. He continued the business until he retired from the show ring in 1977. Holloway and wife, Bernice, were devoted to their son, Randy, after he was severely injured in 1976.

With his extensive knowledge of the care, training and potential of the Tennessee Walking horse, Holloway went on to be a charter member, officer and director of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association. Holloway was later inducted into the Mississippi Walking Horse Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame.

Widely known for his judging expertise, Holloway judged the Celebration three times along with many major horse shows in the southeast.

Go Boy's Big Shot and Delight's Rock And Roll were just two of many of the World Champion, Futurity and blue ribbon winners Holloway trained.

Holloway was the president of the Athletic Booster Club in Kosciusko High School and coached Little League, including all-star teams and the Maddox Stable Dixie Youth team. In the 1970s, he was a major influence on the building of a field house for the football team.

In 1992, Holloway began his employment with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture as an inspector in the Consumer Product Division. His employment continued under Commissioner Lester Spell and his association with the Spell family was long-standing as he had trained for Spell's late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Spell, Sr. Holloway also served as a director with the Central Mississippi Electric Power Association.

Tim Cook, Kirk Dickerson, Glyn Dickerson, Sam Stockett, Lester Spell, Dan Waddell, Wallace Brandon and Sonny Holt served as pallbearers. Employees of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture served as honorary pallbears.

The family requests that memorials be made to Kosciusko's First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 70, Kosciusko, MS 39090 or one's charity of choice.

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