A Tribute to Charles Hollomon

"News and Observer" Raleigh, N.C.

CHARLES ROBERT HOLLOMAN, 89, of Raleigh, died Monday, March 24, 2003.

The family will receive family and friends from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at Mitchell Funeral Home, (7209 Glenwood Ave). The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park with military honors.

Charles Robert Holloman, Sr. was born October 21, 1913 and grew up on a tobacco farm in Hookerton, Greene County, North Carolina. He gave his life energies to education and made many noteworthy contributions. His educational experience ranged from high school teacher to public school principal in Bladen County. He taught at Western Carolina University and Davidson College. Dr. Holloman was a visiting lecturer at North Carolina State University, Duke University, and Appalachian State University. Dr. Holloman was employed by the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges on May 1, 1966, as Business Manager and Associate Director. He retired in July 1979 as Acting President of the Community College System, having also been Vice President of Policy and Planning and State Vice-President during his tenure there. In 1996, he was recognized by the Department as one of the Founding Fathers of the Community College System. His quest for knowledge first led him to Western Carolina University where he received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. In 1950, he was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree From Duke University Law School. His continued educational endeavors led to a Master's Degree in Public Affairs, a Doctorate Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in History.

For five and one-half years he served first as a Meteorologist and later as a Combat Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force during World War II. His service continued as a reserve officer until he retired, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In the late 1950s he worked as Administrative Consultant to the University of Agriculture in Lima, Peru. With the State Department of Administration of North Carolina he served as Budget Administrator and State Budget Officer under Governor Luther Hodges. In the early 1960s, he was director of publications for the N.C. Citizens Association, editing their publication "We The People" monthly magazine while practicing law in both the State and Federal courts.

Dr. Holloman was an avid and accomplished genealogist and historian. He actively participated on the standing committee of the oldest patriotic organization in the United States, the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded for the descendants of people who participated in the American Revolution. He was a member of the North Carolina Historical Society and was a former President of the Wake County Historical Society. Dr. Holloman contributed various historical and educational articles to magazines and newspapers and was known for his knowledge of North Carolina history.

His professional affiliations included membership in the North Carolina Bar, and the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. He served on the Higher Education Advisory Committee to the Presidents of the University of North Carolina System. He was also a member of a special committee that worked with desegregation plans in both the North Carolina Community College and the University of North Carolina Systems during the 1970s.

Dr. Holloman was a longtime member of the Longview Methodist Church where he had served on both the Education Committee and the General Board. He was active in Scouting, serving as a Scoutmaster for over 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Madeline Turner Holloman of Raleigh, and his children, Charles Robert Holloman, Jr. of Ocala, Florida, James Christopher Holloman of Raleigh, Michael Anthony Holloman of Washington, North Carolina, and Mary Ann Holloman Via of Mechanicsville, Virginia. His grandchildren are Adam Holloman, Sarah Holloman, Brian Holloman, Melissa Holloman, and Jesse Via. He is also survived by two sisters, Ethel Futrell and Mamie Ruth Conway of Kinston, NC.

He was an intelligent, dynamic and caring man with an optimistic spirit. He loved his family, his friends, his state and his country. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

  

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