2017-12-13 / Obituaries

Max Holman


Mr. Max Milligan Holman Sr., 91, of Damascus-Hilton Rd., Blakely, Ga., passed away Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2017, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.

The funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Alex Howell and Rev. Scott Brenton officiating. The family received friends for a visitation starting at 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., prior to the funeral service. Burial followed the funeral in the Blakely Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Lodge Holman, Ward Holman, Heard Smith, Thornton DeRosa, Spinks Holman, Jay Barrows, Dee Grist and William Merritt. Honorary pallbearers were Wally Robertson and the Methodist Men’s Bible Class, members of the First State Bank Board of Directors, Johnny Holman, Buck Grist, Johnson Perry and Taylor Bridges.

Mr. Holman was born in Blakely, Ga., on Aug. 7, 1926, to the late Grady Holman, Sr. and May Fulton Holman.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia H. DeRosa and Carolyn H. Smith; and by two brothers, John C. Holman and Grady Holman Jr.

Mr. Holman graduated from high school in Blakely in 1943, and then attended and graduated from the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. in 1944, and during WWII was a U.S. Merchant Marine, and graduated from their Academy in 1945. From 1946 through 1948, he was enrolled in a two year program at ABAC in Tifton, Ga. He then attended Auburn University, was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and graduated in 1950 with a B.A. degree in Ag- Science and Animal Husbandry. He then was enrolled in the U.S. Army Officers’ Candidate School (OCS) in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and was a First Lt. in the U.S. army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1953. Upon his return home to Blakely, he held several positions at the then ASCS/USDA office in Blakely and became the District Director for 35 years. He was also a farmer, a 40 year member of the Board of Directors of the First State Bank of Blakely and was a Certified Appraiser. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he held many offices including a member of the Administrative Board and was a proud member of the Men's Bible Class and the Men's Bible Class Choir.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Swann Holman of Blakely, Ga.; two daughters, Sammie Holman and Jeanne Holman Williamson and husband Robert, all of Blakely; a son, Max M. “Jay” Holman Jr. and wife Tami of Jakin, Ga.; a step-daughter, Rhonda Matson and husband Gregory of Pensacola, Fla. ;and a step-son, Rusty Merritt and wife Elaine of Mitchell, Ga.; a sister, Helen Holman O’Neil of Weatherford, Texas; and a brother, Jimmy Holman of Arlington, Ga. There are eight grandchildren, Katie Davis and Daniel of Albany, Ga., Jay Barrows and Cindy of Bluffton, Ga., LeAnna Matson of Pensacola, Fla., Betsy Perkins and Troy of Richland, Wash., Spinks Holman and Sarah of Blakely, Lorie Clenney and Beau of Blakely, Stanton Harrell of Atlanta and William Merritt of Mitchell, Ga.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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