When I came to work in central office of the Raleigh Public Schools, Joe was Asst Supt but still in coaching mode. He was a terrific mentor, mediator and friend to this young guy startng a new career. Moreover he modeled devotion to family and friends, helping me know what is really important in life. Our continued friendship through Broughton connections was a source of joy. What a life well lived!
Jane and Amanda, Your dad lived a full life. I remember meeting him a couple of times at school.. May he rest well.....
Joe lived across the street from my parents beach house in Holden. It was always wonderful to visit with him at the beach and he was a great neighbor and friend to my mom & dad. We will miss him!
I think I spent about as much time in Mr.
Holliday's office that is aloud. I was a
cut-up in those days. Thank God some of his words set in, and with a little help of the U.S. Army, I did straiten up. When I came back from Vietnam, I was dating a girl at Broughton. When I went to the lunch room to see her, Joseph Q. remembered me and called me by my name. I'm sure that was a good thing now. My heart felt blessings to all his family.
Jane and Amanda, Ten years ago we moved to Carolina Ave. Your Dad was the first neighbor we met. He didn't come just to say hello, he came to help us move in. Over the years we became good friends and he was an inspiration to our entire family. We will never forget Joe...he will live on in our hearts forever. Love and prayers, Judy & George
Jane and Amanda,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Your father, Joe Holliday, was one of the smartest, nicest men I have ever known. Over the years, Joe was my Central Office boss, mentor, neighbor and friend. He encouraged me to continue my education and earn a PhD from Duke. In later years, I enjoyed seeing him, along with Watson H. in Raleigh and at the beach. He will be missed, but NEVER forgotten -- truly a very special man.
It was a treat watching you "girls" growing up and swimming with the Bumgardner children.
Love to you and your families.
Barbara (and Ken, daughter Karen, son Ken, Jr.) Rogers 4109 Glen Laurel Drive.
My condolences to the family. I knew Mr. Holliday, both as my principal and my mother's boss. Ruth Stephenson was his secretary at Broughton and his friend for many years. I have so many good memories of Mr. Holliday. May his family be comforted in knowing that he was admired and loved by everyone whose lives he touched.
Mary K Vidaurri(class of '63)
Coach Holliday was a very humble person and was very well respected by all the players who played basketball for him. I attended a function a few years ago at NBHS in which he also attended. During this function I had the opportunity to speak with him and he still displayed the an air of humility that followed him during his life and was a perfect gentleman. During the years of 1946 thru 1950 I was fortunate to have played for his junior varsity and varsity teams. Never did I hear a harsh word from him to anybody. He will be remembered by all who knew him.
Mr. Holliday could not have handled the influx of County School System students that flooded the halls of Broughton in the Fall of 1962 any better. Each of us was assigned a big brother or sister to show us around and show us the ropes. I'm not sure how it happened, but by June of 1964, I felt like he was a personal friend of mine. I'm sure we all have many fond memories of Mr. Holliday that we'll hold long after his passing. To Mr. Holliday's family, you each have so many more memories. Hold on to each. He was a good man.
I graduated from Broughton High School in 1964. I had a great respect for Mr. Holliday. I extend my sympathy to all his family. I also have a recipe in my Mother's hand written cookbook from Mary Holliday.
Jean Webb Larson
Mr. Holliday was of such great influence on all of us because he led without being judgemental; he guided without being critical. Therefore, we perceived him as a friend rather than as an authority figure leading an exceptional educational institution. A close friend of mine who knew Mr. Holliday in his retirement years shares the same awe and respect for him as all of us do. We offer our prayers not only for his immediate family, but for the entire Broughton community who also mourn his passing. He cast a very long shadow.
Mr. Holiday was a wonderful principal. He had control and we knew he was in control. Students need more Mr. Holidays. Linda Babcock, '67, Raleigh, NC
I graduated from Broughton in 1964 and Mr. Holliday was so loved by out whole class. It was a thrill for me to find out he was Charlie's grandad when i taught Charlie Geometry at Enloe. Mr, Holliday always had a smile on his face and made everyone feel good at Broughton.. Heck when we got sent to the principals office we always knew hed listen to all sides.. Great man . Know that many of his lessons and inspiration have been carried on by thiousands , Im on our reunion commitee for the class of 64 and we often told such fond memories on him when we met. I never once heard a bad comment.. take Care .. Ron Robinson
My deepest sympathy to Mr. Holliday's family. He accomplished much during his lifetime. What a wonderful legacy he left for the family.
Mr. Holliday was my principal from 1957-1961
Charlotte Huffman (Ostwalt) Monroe, NC
We are so sorry for your loss. Our family will definitely miss seeing Joe at Holden Beach. He was a wonderful man who accomplished so much in his lifetime. He was dearly loved and respected by so many from his Broughton HS days as well. I'm sure Big Daddy Wat is in heaven waiting for him <3
Mr. Holliday was a fine gentleman, and a great leader. I was saddened to hear the news of his passing.
Larry Honeycutt (class of 1962...QB 1961 state championship team)
I remember Joe Holiday as my principal. He was a great influence on my life years after I graduated Class of '59
He will be missed . God Bless you all
As a WCPSS Area Director, Mr. Holliday served as mentor to me, a new beginning principal. He was a Christian gentleman, impeccable in virtue and honesty; just what I needed for support and direction. The knowledge that he lived for several years on the NC coast enjoying the gifts of the sea were encouraging. My blessings to his family.
Joann A. Cooper
former principal at Farmington Woods Elementary School
I echo the sentiments of Professors Wise and Gullette, and I have suceeded in life partly because of Mr. Holliday...he is already being missed in my heart. He was at our 50th reunion, the class of '58, and it amazed me how many of us he remembered. He comes up often in my conversations...I'm sure God has a special place for him.
When Mr. Holiday came to Broughton, he brought a breath of fresh air to the campus that, quite frankly, invigorated those of us in the Class of 1950. He was young enough to laugh with us and understand us. That is probably why we made it a point to include him in many of our reunions. Personally, he gave me a degree of self-confidence that I did not know I had. His best advice was: "Don't ever let anybody know how scared you are of them!" (RE: Miss Penny) Good advice that has been of value for my many years since. Vince Anderson (Mesa, Arizona)
Mr Holiday was a man of honor and great patience. He respected his students and we respected him for his fairness and interest in us. We have lost an outstanding mentor and guide. I especially remember his willingness to talk with us -- a trait that continued even after we had graduated.
My honor to have been coached by him on his 1949 undefeated basketball team. He was an honorable mentor and lifelong friend.
A life that enriched so many others is a life well lived.
I miss Joe across the street at Holden Beach in his rocking chair on the front porch. I miss all the meals he prepared for us, but I especially miss all the stories he told about his life. Rest in peace, my dear friend, and give Jim a big hug for me.
Joe Holliday lent a tone of serious adulthood to the noisy halls of Broughton. I remember blathering on once about students needing more "freedom." Joe said: "You can have all the freedom you're willing to take responsibility for." Along with the excellent team of teachers, Joe helped make NBHS one of the strongest public high schools on the East Coast. I will forever think of him as one of my first mentors. A truly great man. --Dr. David Gullette, NBHS '58, Professor Emeritus of English, Simmons College, Boston
He was a good man. He was a friend, but he was ALWAYS Mr. Holliday, Principal. He came to all of the class reunions. I will miss seeing him. May God's peace be with the family.
Mr. Holiday was a great principal at Needham B. Broughton High School when I attended during the years of 1964-1967. I am sure God has a special place for him to serve in heaven with young people, for he was a great example to us all as we walked the halls of Broughton to and from classes. I can tell from his picture that he did not age as he got older! He looks almost the same as he did in the 60's. May the God of peace and comfort be there for his remaining family while here on earth.
Phyllis Morriss, class of 1967
Mr. Holliday was related to my mother,and we attended the same church; but I remember him most as the best principal I've ever known! As a teacher, myself, I learned how blessed I'd been at Broughton to have had such leadership at the helm. If other principals had possessed his skills in my career, I'm convinced students would have been more respectful and taken their academic studies seriously. Education has lost a real role moddel in his passing. My condolences to his daughters and their families.
I GRADUATED BROUGHTON IN 1967. MR HOLIDAY WAS AN INSPIRATION TO ME. WHEN I PASSED HIM IN THE HALL, HE WOULD ALWAYS TALK TO ME. I HAVE MISSED HIM GREATLY. I AM TRULY SORRY FOR HIS PASSING AND I KNOW THAT HE IS WITH THE LORD.