Joseph Quincy Holliday passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the age of 91.
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Mr. Holliday was a native of Jamesville, and graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1942 where he was a multi-sport letterman and president of his graduating class. He furthered his study at Wake Forest College before earning a master's of education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1952.
He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Jamesville High School in 1943 before relocating to Raleigh and beginning a 23-year tenure at Needham B. Broughton High School. In 1955, he married the former Mary Jane Anderson.
At Broughton, Mr. Holliday served as teacher, dean of boys, and assistant principal before being named principal in 1952, a position he had for 15 years. Additionally, Mr. Holliday was a passionate coach and acted as assistant coach of the track team (1945-1949), boys' junior varsity basketball coach (1945-46), and boys varsity basketball coach (1946-50) which included a 27-game winning streak extending through the 1949 and 1950 seasons.
He was named head coach of the winning East team in the 1950 North Carolina High School Boys Basketball All-Star game. Among his former players, eight went on to play at the collegiate level in either the Athletic Coast Conference or Carolinas Conference.
Following Mr. Holliday's dedicated service as principal of Broughton, the school's legendary gymnasium was named in his honor in 1968. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fames at both Broughton and Barton College and was named Barton College Alumnus of the Year in 1993.
He continued his career in education as assistant superintendent of Secondary Education for Raleigh City Schools before assuming the area director position from 1976-1981.
Mr. Holliday was a longtime member of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, serving as a deacon, elder and chairman of the board.
In 1996, Mr. Holliday moved to Holden Beach where he lived until 2011. He was embraced by a wonderful community where he made many friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Anderson Holliday; sisters, Muriel Holliday and Juanita Holliday Coltrain; and parents, Joseph and Cottie Holliday.
He is survived by his daughter, Jane Holliday Houchin, her husband Edward of Raleigh, and their children, Joseph (Mallory), Charles and Abigail; and daughter Amanda Holliday Spencer, her husband Joseph of Asheboro and their daughter Amanda "Holli" Holliday Spencer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Independence Village, Good Health Services and Heartland Hospice for the care and love they shared.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 5, in Raleigh.
The family requests memorials be made to the Broughton High School Faculty Alumni Scholarship, 723 St. Mary's St., Raleigh, NC 27605.
You may share your condolences at www.brownwynne.com.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Nov. 9, 2012