Tupelo – Randy Ray Holleman, 66, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. He was born February 1, 1952 in Searcy, AR, but grew up in Little Rock, AR graduating from McClellan High School in Little Rock, AR. His parents were the late Doyne Holleman and Marcell Cole Holleman. He was married to Tonya Floyd Holleman on March 15, 2014. He lived in Mississippi for over twenty years moving here with Sara Lee Corporation, retiring as an electrician from Jesco Construction, Inc, in February of 2018. He loved NASCAR and drag racing and restoring old vehicles esp. his 1957 truck to its original condition. He was a hard worker and enjoyed keeping his yard perfectly and making bird houses. He was a skilled woodworker and a “jack-of-all-trades.” He loved his kids especially his three grands that called him “Papaw.” He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
A service celebrating his life will be at 11 AM Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Graveside services will follow at Old Union Cemetery west of Shannon. Visitation will be from 5 PM -8 PM on Monday, June 4, 2018 and from 10am-service time all at Holland - Tupelo Chapel which is honored to be serving their friends. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Randy is survived by his wife, Tonya Holleman of Carr Acres in Verona;; his son, Bobby Holleman of Fayetteville, Ark; his daughter, Melissa Holleman of Little Rock, AR, his sister, Shelia Simpson (Joe) of Little Rock, AR, his brother, Dennis Holleman (Cindi) of Hensley, AR, and James Holleman of Bryant, AR; A sister-in-law, Melanie Dorrell of North Little Rock, AR; three step-children, Chance Silvia, Brianna Silvia and Austin Silvia; and three grandchildren, Nadia, Sophia and Kaden Holleman.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rhonda Evans; a brother, Rick Holleman and a sister-in-law, Susan Holleman. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 779 County Road 506, Shannon, MS 38868, c/o Hoyle Duffie,
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I worked with Randy at SaraLee in Tupelo. He was a great friend and could always be counted on when anyone needed help whether at work or otherwise. We all followed the birth of the twins. You couldn't find a prouder dad or grandad. His family will be in my prayers. He will be greatly missed.
Submitted by Debbie Medlock on Jun 3 2018 10:15:38 PM
"Turbo" was one of our group, Ed "Shakey Jake" Holt, Gary "Spot" Lambert, Charlie Boyette, and me Skip "Hairless" Lile. We hung out at Shoney's, McDonalds, or any other place that we might find girls. But our connection was cars. We worked on each others cars and if you had a problem with your car, we all came together to get it fixed. I think the funniest thing "Turbo" ever did was when the Wilbur Mills freeway opened (I-630). He and "Shakey Jake" were about the first in line when they opened Wilbur Mills to traffic. They made about a dozen or more round trips on I-630 that first night. They never told me why they did it, but they were very proud of doing it. Our group made a lot of out of town trips to drag races, Dallas, Memphis, Tulsa. All of us were so broke that one of us would register at the motel and state that there were just two occupants. Eventually, all of us would be staying in the same room and the sleeping arrangements got really tight. Of course we didn't care, we were going to the races with our friends. I have so many good memories of "Turbo" and so many more stories. I bet he and Ed are planning their next adventure.
Submitted by Skip Lile on Jun 3 2018 10:09:21 PM
To his family who he loved so very much, It is with very deep sadness that I am finding this out. I worked with Randy at Sara Lee Foods. Many of us appreciated Randy’s kindness and ability to fix most anything. We all opened the plant up together so there were many hours and days working together. To his children and grand children, he spoke of ya’ll endlessly. Pictures of the twins, son and daughters were always in his pockets. I only spoke to him once since I moved and he had married to a loving wife. I will be praying for your Randy’s family and loved ones through this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Submitted by Cherie Martin on Jun 3 2018 09:27:39 PM
So sorry for your loss, Melissa. He was still a young msn. There is no hurt like losing a family member.
Submitted by Nick Nichols on Jun 2 2018 07:39:24 PM
I'm sorry for your loss.
Submitted by Wendy Davidson Poe on Jun 2 2018 07:09:20 PM
Randy, aka Turbo was a long time friend. He and my husband grew up together and attended school together. When Turbo lived in Little Rock, you could find him and“Spot” at “ U Pull It” looking for car parts. They would come home with there pockets full of screws, fuses, hose clamps and numerous other items they felt that had to have.
I will never forget the 40th Birthday party we surprised him with. We had a cat (Smokey) that loved Turbo. She trusted Turbo so much she would drape over his arm like a dish rag.
The night of the surprise party, I caught Smokey licking the icing off his cake. I quickly repaired the damage. We told Turbo years later and all got a big laugh.
Turbo will be greatly missed. Gary thought of him as another brother.
Submitted by Gary “Spot” & Nora Lambert on Jun 2 2018 07:06:05 PM
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