POQUOSON - Gene Dallas "Gino" Holloway, 85, a native of Poquoson, passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.V. "Wadie" Holloway; Birdie Firth & J. V. "Wadie" Holloway; his brother, Jack Sinclair Holloway; and his grandson, Gregory Gene Mosser. He is survived by his four daughters, Jean Carol "JC" Holloway, Rita Louise Mosser, Sherry Lynn Holder & her husband Tony, and Kathie Faye McBride and her husband Larry; his only sister, Sydney Faye Holloway; his "unofficially adopted" daughter, Debra Ward Brown; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Gino attended Hargrave Military Academy in Danville, Virginia, and in 1944, at 16 years old he began working at Newport News Shipbuilding during his summer breaks from school. Upon graduation from Hargrave in 1946, he began working fulltime as a boilermaker in the Shipyard. His potential was quickly recognized and soon afterwards he was accepted in the company's apprentice school program. He graduated and worked toward his final career as a Nuclear Power Engineer responsible for refueling nuclear reactors on aircraft carriers built by the Shipyard. His expertise made him highly sought-after in his profession, and as a result he was sent to various locations across the United States as well as a few months in Japan instructing local workers on the intricacies of refueling a nuclear reactor. Throughout his life, Gino was very athletic and loved participating in team sports. In his youth, he played baseball for both the Poquoson and Messick baseball teams. An avid bowler, he won numerous awards in the 1970's & 1980's. In 1991, after 45 years at Newport News Shipbuilding, he retired and found himself doing what he truly loved to do - GOLF! He worked at the Kingsmill Golf Course in Williamsburg which allowed him ample opportunities to enjoy his favorite past time. He was a lifetime member of the Order of the Elks, Lodge #366 in Hampton and enjoyed very much spending time at the Lodge with his "Brothers and Sisters". Graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire/Rescue Dept., P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Daily Press on Nov. 13, 2013