DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Legendary football high school football coach Jack Holley will be laid to rest this weekend, including a public memorial at Wallace-Rose Hill’s football stadium.
An obituary from Padgett Funeral and Cremation Service says the funeral service for Holley, who died yesterday, will be held Friday at 6 p.m. Friday at Legion Stadium. Burial will follow at Rockfish Cemetery.
Holley, 74, is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith Wells Holley of the home, two daughters, Julianne Williams and husband Al of Kenansville and Jemma Imwalle and husband Scott of Wallace, a son, Battle Holley and wife Brook of Pin Hook, seven grandchildren, a great granddaughter.
Born August 15, 1938 in Ashton, Holley was the son of the late William and Doris (Pershake) Holley and was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” Holley, a sister, Joyce Ann Holley and a grandson, Battle David
Coach Holley was a member of the Wallace Presbyterian Church. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1957, where he had played on four championship teams in three different sports which includes football,
basketball and baseball.
Coaching for 48 years with a record of 412-96-9 holding the record for the most wins in football in North Carolina. He coached for several high schools including Carolina Military Academy, Tabor City High School, Hallsboro High School, West Columbus High School, South Columbus High School, Wallace-Rose Hill High
School and Harrells Christian Academy.
In 2008, while coaching Harrells Christian Academy, he led his team to a win earning a NCISAA Championship
State Title. In 1998, Coach Holley was inducted into the Guilford College Hall of Fame and in 2007, inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Holley later retired in 2011. He also served in the
United States Army as a cook at Ft. Benning, GA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting but especially enjoyed being around his family and his grandchildren.
Casketbearers will be Battle Holley, Al Williams, Trey Williams, Julianne Williams, Scott Imwalle, Walker Imwalle, Jemma Imwalle and Adam Scronce.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Coach Jack Holley’s Lunch Box Fund, First Bank, 517 North Norwood St., Wallace, NC 28466.
The family would also like everyone to become a blood donor. Please contact your local Red Cross for more information.
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