Dr. George Erwin Holladay, 78, of Denton, TX, passed away April 5th, 2013. Born July 31, 1934, in Camden, TN, to John Milton Holladay and Sara Elizabeth Agnew Holladay, he attended the Columbia Military Academy, the University of Tennessee, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and later served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. After marrying Shirley Lynn Brink in 1964, he set up a private ophthalmology practice in Denton, where he saw patients from 1967 until his retirement from medicine in 1993.
"Doc" served on the Board of Directors for the Cumberland Children's Home and was active on the Denton School Board, where he served as President for several years. He was also a long-time member of the Texas Medical Association and was influential in making the Republican Party of Denton County the force it is today.
Besides being an avid hunter and fisherman, Doc attended Bible study at the Denton Bible Church between music gigs with the New Horizons Band and the Young at Heart Dance Band. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and helped start the fraternity's chapter at The University of North Texas.
Doc's charity ran deep; he and his wife Shirley founded scholarships at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, The University of Oklahoma, Southwestern Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, and The University of North Texas music program.
Doc is survived by his wife Shirley Lynn Brink Holladay of Denton, son George Hunt Holladay and his wife, Julie Kay Leske Holladay, and their two children Daniel Hunt and Samantha Kay of Castle Rock, CO. He is also survived by a daughter, Sara Lynn Holladay Avery and her husband, Kent Arthur Avery, of Denver, CO, a sister-in-law Sue Mayes Holladay of Conroe, TX, a niece, and numerous great nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving visitors on Sunday afternoon, April 7, from 5-6:30 PM, at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W University Dr, Denton, and request donations to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers or food.