Virgil Richard Holloway was born on August 13, 1936 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to the late Harold and Erma (Allan) Holloway, and grew up in the Johnsville area.
In 1956, Virgil married Barbara Hinklin who is deceased. Together they had 9 children. Virgil was a mechanic for several years, but a professional truck driver for many. His last job was with Estep Express in Mansfield, Ohio for about 15 years until he retired in March of 2010.
Virgil loved his children dearly and always regretted being gone so much while they were growing up.
Virgil gave his heart to God and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life shortly before he met and married Jinny Keeran in 1995.
Jesus said "…except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. This truly happened in Virgil! He became a different man! Virgil became a very very tender hearted man. He said, "I am so glad God changed me."
Virgil went home to be with the Lord on June 16, 2013, his family and friends will miss him deeply.
He was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Kelly Marie Holloway in 1962.
He is survived by his children: Patricia Smith of Vinita, OK, David Holloway of North Point, FL, Theresa Gross of Columbus, OH, Danny Holloway of Rotonda, FL, Jayne (Bill) Buckler of Lexington, OH, Steve Holloway, Skip Holloway and Brenda Holloway all of Shelby, OH; 3 step-children who he also dearly loved: Angie (Lance) Brookes of Prospect, OH, Rick (Cathy) Keeran of Marion, OH and Mary Ione (Caleb) Carson of Prospect, OH; 16 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; his wife of almost 18 years, Jinny Holloway, Brother Larry Holloway; and several brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 8652 St. Rt. 19 South in rural Galion from 12 noon to 2 pm; Funeral services will immediately follow at the church at 2 pm with Pastors Pam Lamb-Hart and Aaron Rose officiating. Burial will be at the church's cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice of Marion.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Virgil's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on June 19, 2013