William "Bill" or "Doc" Holladay, Jr. 83 of Hobbs, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017. He was born on August 31, 1933 to William Sr. and Lura Holladay of Dawson, Texas. Bill was a bit ornery as a kid and always had a story to tell from his days growing up in Dawson with his nine brothers and sisters, as well as a few very special friends. He was a proud Dawson Bulldog - captain of the football team - and often shared his memories of these times. Bill served his country with honor in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He married Faye Irwin Sebastian in 1970 and they celebrated over 47 wonderful years of marriage, raising a blended family of four children. He worked hard all of his life and finally retired from a successful career with Northern Natural Gas after 27 years. His retirement years were spent in his second home in Gunnison, Colorado "during the hot months" with his wife, siblings and their spouses, and his adult children and their families when they were able to visit. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, sightseeing, watching football (reliving his glory days) and old westerns on TV. Having coffee and chatting with friends at a local café was a favorite everyday pastime. Bill was a long time devoted member of Belvue Baptist Church which has deep roots for him. His beloved mother, "Big Mama" and his sisters were also members before their passing, having helped to establish the church.
Bill is survived by his wife, Faye Holladay; daughters Kelly Holladay of Hobbs and Toni Maldonado (with husband, Bobby) of Bailey, Colorado; sons Randy Holladay (with wife Misty) of Hobbs and Danny Sebastian (with wife Gayle) of Albuquerque; sisters Susie Goodman of Stamford, Texas and Mary Adams of Tatum, New Mexico; brother Don Holladay of Everman, Texas; five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Belvue Baptist Church with Pastor Mike McGuire officiating. In lieu of flowers, it would please Bill if donations were made to Belvue Baptist Church, 1701 N. Coleman Street, Hobbs, NM 88240. One of Bill's final wishes was for his family and friends to live a clean life and be a faithful follower of God's plan for their lives.