David Holly

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Jeter Memorial Funeral Home
311 N. Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX
77546
(281)-992-7200
Obituary

David L. Holly, 83 years old, passed away on November 30, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born in Scott, MS to Ruben and Mary Holly on February 22, 1935. Upon completion of high school in Greenwood, MS, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a RADAR Technician and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He later attended the University of Alabama at Mobile. During an Air Force assignment at Warner Robins A.F. bass Georgia, he met his beautiful wife Betty (Mullis) Holly from Macon, GA. They were later married in Bangor, ME.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and brother Jerry V. Holly.

He is survived by his dedicated wife of 61 years, Betty (Mullis) Holly; his sister, Frances Milam; daughters, Kathryn Holly and partner Andy Alder and Susan Barney and husband Bill; granddaughters, Holly and Rebecca Barney, Rachel Alder and partner Chris Crocker; and great-granddaughter, Chloe Crocker.

As a Philco Tech Rep he provided Field Engineering services for U.S. Air Force RADAR and Communications personnel at domestic and international long-range radar sites during the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam War, respectively. He was a team member on the Grumman Corp's NASA Lunar Module spacecraft development team and provided instrumentation support on the first spacecraft that landed on the moon. Employed by Ford-Aerospace Corp. and other contractors at the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center for 40 years, he supported the NASA Apollo (LLTV), Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs in many technical and management positions. He earned numerous awards and citations including the Moon Landing team award, coveted Astronaut's Silver Snoopy Award and the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award. After years of dedicated service to his country in two career fields, Long Range Radar defense and Human Spaceflight Operations, he retired on December 31, 2008.

He had a passion for travel and enjoyed civic activities. He traveled to 47 states and 12 countries. He served as City Councilman, Planning & Zoning Commission Charmain, and Charter Commission member for the city of Seabrook, TX. He also was a member of the Machias, Maine Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a .

Condolences may be sent to the Holly family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.


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Published on yourbayareanews.com from Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, 2018
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