William Wallace Holley Sr., 79, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the WakeMed Cary Hospital in Cary, N.C.
He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Harris Holley; brother, Ernest Lee Holley, Jr. and his wife, Mary Frances Holley; children, Dianne Holley Mountain and her husband, Richard Thomas Mountain, William Wallace Holley Jr., and his wife, Irene N. Holley, Clayton Harris Holley and his wife, Sharon Elizabeth Ray Holley, and Amy Lee Holley Hauk and her husband, Ronald Scott Hauk; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Born and reared in Savannah, the son of Ernest Lee Holley Sr. and Ollie Lois Wallace Holley, Bill entered The Citadel upon high school graduation of Savannah High. Soon after, his unit of the Air National Guard was activated during the Korean War. Upon his return, he entered Georgia Tech, married his love Mary Ann Harris and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
His occupation as a general contractor and construction company executive took him all over the world from Atlanta, Louisville, Ky., Rapid City, S.D., Abilene, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Cary, N.C. Bill and Mary Ann then retired and moved to Twin City. There they embarked upon a decade-long renovation and restoration of an historic 1904 home. Recently, they returned to N.C. and settled in Garner.
Bill was an excellent dancer, loved to travel and enjoyed catching loved ones off-guard with his subtle and amazing sense of humor. His favorite way to pass the time was fishing and just about anything to do with the coastal waters and nature in general. He had great knowledge of many different topics and was a wonderful source of information. Bill had a passion for competition in politics and Georgia Tech sports.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association online at www.alz.org, Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011; or to The William Harris Homestead, 3636 Georgia Highway 11, Monroe, GA 30656 or online at www. harrishomestead.com; or to your charity of choice
Funeral Services were Sunday, April 15, at the William Harris Homestead with Dr. Glen Money officiating.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.