Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. David C. Holliday, 85, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
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He was born in Jackson on July 5, 1928, to the late Honorable Malcolm and Elizabeth Watson Holliday. He graduated in 1944 from Jackson High School at age 15. He immediately entered the University of Kentucky and was a member of Delta Chi and Alpha Phi Omega fraternities. He graduated in 1953. "Go Blue!"
He entered military service at age 17 during World War II. He first served in the Marine Corps and then joined the U.S. Army in 1951. He was in active service for more than 20 years during which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a Silver Star, an Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, two Bronze Stars, a National Defense Medal with Oak Leaf cluster and several awards for his tours of duty in Vietnam, including the Vietnamese Medal of Honor First Class and the Gallantry Cross with Palm Leaf and Star. He continued serving as a civilian in Combat Develop-ment Systems, during which time he was awarded the silver Order of St. George. He retired in 1989.
"Doc," as he was affectionately known, was a member of the K Club, Distinguished Alumnus and Fellow of the University of Kentucky. He lettered in football at 17, the youngest person to earn a varsity letter. He was a former member and past president of Elizabethtown Lions Club, an avid golfer and member of Feather Sound Country Club. He was a published writer and occasional guest speaker on national defense and published a fictional book about a double agent during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 38 years, Betsy Milton Holliday; a son, David Todd Holliday; two sisters and three brothers.
He is survived by two daughters, Candy (Marc) Sharp and Suzanne (Richard) Beck; three grandchildren, David Scherer, Amanda Beck and Sarah Ann (Jordan) Finch; a niece, Nancy (Ed) Tonry of Clearwater; and many other nieces and nephews.
The funeral and visitation are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington.
Additional arrangements are being handled by Anderson McQueen in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the PGA Foundation H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), 100 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 or the University of Kentucky, Holliday and Milton Scholarship Fund, UK Office of Development, Sturgill Development Building, Lexington, KY 40506–0015.
Published in The News-Enterprise from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014