Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wilber (Kin) Holleman, a Remembrance and Additional Family Information

by Glenn N. Holliman

Cousin Curtis Holleman, now of the Tampa, Florida area, sent me the following obituary of his paternal uncle who died over the holidays.  It captures the life of a descendant of Christopher Hollyman, 1618-1691, whose ancestors migrated in the 18th and 19th centuries from Isle of Wight and Surrey Counties, Virginia to the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Some of these Hollemans in the Winston-Salem and Raleigh areas moved further west, into Tennessee and beyond in the 19th century, but many remained on the farms of  western and central North Carolina.  And as did so many Americans from the 1800s until World War II, the majority migrated to the towns and cities that produced the goods and services for a industrializing nation.  Wilber Holleman was one of these Americans who left the farm and started a successful business and gave himself to the community.  Here is part of his story. - GNH

Wilber (Kin) Holleman, 1928-2017
 by his nephew Curtis Holleman

"My uncle, Kin Holleman passed away this past Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was my father's (Claude Elgy Holleman, 1933 to 2008) older brother.  

He was born and grew up on a tobacco farm, never finished high school, yet became a successful business owner in Winston Salem and he was the family historian, although I believe he made a lot of it up, as he went!

Above, Curtis and his sister Salinda Holleman Riebow in Florida holding family memorabilia.

He was a rare honest person and never spoke negatively about anyone the entire time I knew him.  He could tell you anything and everything about a piece of furniture, just by looking at  it.  For years, he built beautiful furniture pieces, chests, hutch's, dressers and more. " - Curtis Holleman

From Mr. Holleman's obituary - 

Mr. Wilber McKinley "Kin" Holleman, 89, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born July 7, 1928, the oldest of ten children, to Walter McKinley and Ola Bell Knight Holleman and was raised on a tobacco farm in Yadkin County. 

Mr. Holleman was a member of Hopewell Moravian Church where he had been on the Board of Trustees, a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Boy Scout Leader. He influenced the lives of many young men who are now leaders in the community. 

He crafted the trays used for the Love Feasts and was able to attend this past Christmas. He was owner of Holleman Fixture Co., and Jordan Furniture Company, Inc. 

He was preceded in death by parents and his wife of 67 years, Mildred Holleman. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Ray and husband, Sam of Winston-Salem and Wanda Plemmons of Kernersville; three grandchildren, Lisa Tranum and husband, Mike, Beth Lillycrop, and James Moore; and five great grandchildren, Haley, Erin, Ethan, Alexis and Jordan. 

Upon reading this story of his great uncle's passing, Chad Robinette, a great nephew of Wilber 'Kin' Holleman wrote and shares below additional information on this branch of the Holleman family.  - GNH

Chad (left at the Hollyman Gathering 2016) sent this collage of Wilber and siblings from the Walter McKinley Holleman Facebook page.   Click on the page and it should enlarge.

"My grandfather, Lester Holleman, who passed in 1962, was also Wilber McKinley Holleman's brother.   My grandpa lived from October 12, 1939 to June 3, 1962 before he died in an automobile accident.  

He worked at the local electric company.  He and my grandmother were high school sweethearts, very "Ken and Barbie" so I have been told.  He hydroplaned off of a bridge and drowned.  At the time, my Aunt Brenda was two, and my Mom was born three months after his death, in September 1962.  I attach a picture of him as well as an article on the car crash.

The article provided our family with some new information we did not previously know (or at least I did not know). 

According to my Mom, other siblings of Wilber, in addition to her father Lester, are Lucille Holleman Snow, Elgie Holleman and Gene Holleman."
- Chad Robinette 

Above Lester Holleman and right, the sad news article.

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