A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis. Ron Gulley of Park Street Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will follow in the Metropolis Memorial Gardens with military rites.
J.D. was born on April 7, 1926, in Benton, to Delbert and Madeline (Johnson) Holley. J.D. was a member of the Park Street Church of Christ in Metropolis, a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II, he had previously served as an alderman for the City of Metropolis representing Ward 3, and was a retired milk distributor for Prairie Farms.
J.D. loved to race stock cars, go carts, and most anything with a motor on it, but his true passion was to ride his motorcycle.
J.D. is survived by a son, Jimmie Dale Holley and wife Anna; a daughter, Debra Ann Lewis and husband Gary; grandchildren James Holley and wife Lisa, William Holley and wife Julie, Lisa Werner and husband Kevin, Karen Jones and husband Chris, Bryan McManus and wife Lindy, Jason McManus and wife Christina, Justin McManus, Chad Lewis and wife Jessica, and Cale Lewis; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kyle Holley, Jared Medley, Dalton Werner, Adam Jones and wife Emily, Myles, Josey, Cameron, Hunter and Aubry McManus, Lydia, Hudson, and Holden Lewis and nephews, Bradley Joe Holley and Adrian Henley.
J.D. was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Shirley (Ogden) Holley; two brothers; one infant sister and one nephew.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis.
Pallbearers will be Jared Medley, Carl Medley, Earl Hunerkoch, Tom Burnham, Billy Comer, and Bob Griffey.