Edwin Wilkinson "Wick" Halliday died at home on Sunday, July 20, 2014 after an extended illness.
He was born in Memphis on June 6, 1932, predeceased by his father, William Parker Halliday; mother, Caroline Wilkinson Halliday; brother, William Parker Halliday, Jr. and sister-in-law, Dorothy Allen Halliday.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Polly Ann Trabue Halliday; son, Edwin Wilkinson Halliday, Jr. (Sandy) of Columbia; two grandchildren, Edwin Wilkinson Halliday III (Wilks) and Currey Pillow Halliday; his brother-in-law, Thomas M. Trabue, Jr. (Evelyn) of Nashville, and several nieces and nephews.
Wick was raised in Memphis, but spent much time in Maury County as a young man with his family, the Ridleys and the Jewells. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1951 and attended The University of Tennessee where he played football for Coach Robert Neyland. From 1954-1956, he served in the United States Army in 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One. After his time in the service, he came back to Columbia and managed his family's farm on the Campbellsville Pike raising cattle, corn, soybeans, tobacco and curing country hams, for which he was well known. He was truly a man of the soil who believed that land was a gift from God that was to be taken care of and improved during one's lifetime and left to future generations. He strived to set that example during his life and was voted Tennessee Young Farmer of the year by the Tennessee State Farm Bureau in 1969. He and his son Win were named Century Farmers in Maury County in 2002, honoring family farms that had been in continuous operation for over one hundred years.
He was a lifelong Episcopalian and served as Junior Warden of the Vestry at St. Peter's Church several times. Wick served for sixteen years as Chairman of the Board of St. John's Cemetery and oversaw the renovation of the interior and exterior of the church building. He also served on the Board of Directors of First Farmers and Merchants Bank for many years, and at the time of his death, was a member of their honorary board. He was a board member and past chairman at Columbia Military Academy, predecessor of the present day Columbia Academy, and a past Maury County Commissioner. The family wishes to thank the loyal and devoted caregivers, Wanda Morris and her family.
A visitation will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 4 until 6 p.m., with a graveside service on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., at St. John's Cemetery. The Reverend Thomas Wilson will officiate. Memorials may be made to Zion Christian Academy, 6901 Old Zion Road, Columbia, TN 38401; or St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 311 West Seventh Street, also in Columbia.
Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (931) 388-4711.
Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors
320 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Published in The Tennessean on July 22, 2014