Mr. Charles Thomas “Hap” Holladay, age 96, of Pawleys Island, went to his eternal rest on Friday, November 10, 2017. He passed away at home, surrounded by his family, listening to his grandson play the guitar.
He was born in Pikeville, Tennessee on February 21, 1921. “Hap” was the only child of the late William Joseph Holladay and the late Lula Pope Holladay. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Gailmand Holladay, by an infant daughter, Linda Holladay, and by his second wife, Patricia Holladay of Columbia, SC. He grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he enjoyed Boy Scouts, building model airplanes, and reading. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University in 1942. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII as a Meteorologist in the Pacific Theater. Following the end of the war, he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for a few years before becoming a Professor of Civil Engineering at Southern Technical Engineering in Atlanta (later Southern Polytechnical, now Kennesaw State University). His teaching career was interrupted when he was recalled into the military during the Korean Conflict. He resumed his teaching career at Southern Tech, where he remained for another 36 years. He served as the Department Chair for the majority of this time. He retired with the title Professor Emeritus in 1984.
In addition to teaching, “Hap” was Vice President of Kucera International, an aerial mapping company. Through his work with Kucera, he was active in several professional organizations in South Carolina, Georgia, and throughout the Southeast. He retired from Kucera in the early 2000s. He lived in Pawleys Island from 2001 until his death.
“Hap” was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and a Charter Member of the Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta, where he enjoyed playing golf on a weekly basis. Hap won several tournaments and attended the Masters Tournament in Augusta.
Hap’s surviving relatives include: 2 Daughters – Betsy (& Thomas) Easterly and Kathleen (& Matt) Alexander. He also had 5 Grandchildren – Shannon Easterly, Ryan Easterly, Patrick Easterly, Chris Alexander, & Stephanie Alexander. In addition, he had two Step-Daughters – Meg (& Steve) Collins and Meg (& Daniel) Cole, and there are 5 Step-Grandchildren - Joey Cole, Tori Cole, Gus Cole, Diana Antley, and Alex Antley.
A Private Memorial Service will be held in late December.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, your local VA Hospital, or to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.
Hap was a gentleman and a patriot. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843-651-1440) is assisting the Holladay family with the arrangements.
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Offering condolences for the loss of Mr. Holladay and praying that God’s promise to swallow up death forever and wipe away the tears from all faces will provide a measure of comfort for your family. (Isaiah 25:8) Warm Regards, Kay
Submitted by K. Banks on Nov 29 2017 04:14:46 PM
A tremendous influence on the surveying and engineering community. A great educator and leader.
Matt Wilson, Southern Tech
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