Judge Gordon Duane Holloway of York County died Dec. 11, 2012. He was born Jan. 10, 1931 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News to Robert S. Holloway and Helen Amory Holloway of Poquoson.
Mr. Holloway was predeceased by his parents, as well as a sister, Anne Marie Holloway, and his stepmother, Eunice Huff Holloway. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Grier Holloway, and their four sons and their respective wives: Steven Frank Holloway and Karen Clancy of Surry; John Early Holloway and Andrea Burzyk Holloway of Norfolk; William Grier Holloway and Kimberly Banks Holloway of Quinton; and James Stuart Holloway and Anna Gibson Holloway of Gloucester. Judge Holloway is also survived by seven grandchildren: Harrison Joyner Holloway, Gordon Grier Holloway, Andrew McCabe Holloway, Robert Forrest Holloway, Jackson Banks Holloway, Liam Scott Holloway and Skyler Edwards.
Judge Holloway graduated from Poquoson High School as senior class president in 1947, having won letters in football and basketball. He earned a degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute in 1951; and a BCL (today's juris doctor) from William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law in 1955. At law school, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity and served as Justice (president) his senior year. He was awarded a certificate for outstanding service to his fraternity and the law school.
In 1957, Judge Holloway was appointed as a substitute judge for York County. Two year later he was elected Commonwealth Attorney for York County, taking office at the age of 28, the youngest attorney to hold that position in Virginia. He resigned as Commonwealth Attorney in 1971, and ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate in the Democratic Primary against William Fears. Gov. Mills Godwin appointed Mr. Holloway to serve on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission 1968-72 and to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission, where he served 1975-80, including two years as chairman.
In 1980 Judge Holloway was elected by the General Assembly to serve as Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He served two years as Chief Judge of the circuit and he retired Jan. 1, 1995.
Active in the community, Judge Holloway helped organize the Virginia Watermens' Association, received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for York County in 1965, and was honored to be the grand marshal of the 1986 Poquoson Seafood Festival parade. He considered one of the highlights of his career delivering the commencement address to the 1988 graduating class of Poquoson High School.
Judge Holloway enjoyed hunting in the marshes of Poquoson and fishing in the Back River and the Chesapeake Bay since childhood. He loved hunting and fishing with his four sons, and in 1964 enjoyed a big-game hunting safari in Mozambique, Africa. Judge Holloway enjoyed showing movies and slides of his African adventures to gun clubs, church groups, and other civic organizations. He and his wife, Pat, also enjoyed traveling, having visited 23 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Retirement afforded time to write, and in 2000 he published a history of his family, "Holloways et al." The book includes information from York County records dating to the early colonial period and traces the history of the Holloway, Forrest, Amory, Chesser, and Firth families. After retirement, Judge Holloway became an ardent gardener and enjoyed many happy hours with his fingers in the dirt. At the age of 75 he turned his attention to Greek and Roman history and classics and histories of England, Scotland and Africa. He also studied American Military history including the "War Between the States." He enjoyed his retirement and often told others that he recommended it.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. in Williamsburg, with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, PO Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450-9983, the Poquoson Museum Foundation, PO Box 2163, Poquoson, VA 23662, or Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com