Watson E. Holley Jr.
Published 4:35 am Friday, March 14, 2003
Mr. Watson E. "Wat" Holley Jr., age 86, a resident of Washington Harbour, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002.
Funeral services will be held in the Brown Chapel at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 16, 2003, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. William John Bradbury. Burial will follow in the St. Peter's Chapel Garden. It is requested that flowers be omitted and that memorials be made to the St. Peter's Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 985, Washington, NC 27889.
Mr. Holley was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 27, 1916, the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Watson E. Holley. The Rev. Holley was a Methodist minister. On July 24, 1944, he was married to the former Marie Miller "Millie" Carter of Washington, N.C., who preceded him in death on June 14, 1999, after 55 years of marriage.
Upon graduation from Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va., in 1938, he attended the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. He later joined the Army Air Corp in World War II and flew P-38s over Italy and Africa. He was awarded the air medal and eight oak leaf clusters.
After the war, he and Millie lived in Miami, Fla., where he was a commercial advertising artist and worked for the Miami Herald for many years. He was a well-respected artist, avid golfer and a friend to many.
"Wat" retired to Washington, N.C., in 1986 and became a well-loved member of the community. He contributed generously to various charities and was foremost a faithful member and supporter of St. Peter's Church.
Paul Funeral Home of Washington is serving the Holley family.