January 3, 1901 - September 18, 1950
|John William Holliday was born on January 3, 1901, near Ripley, Tippah County, Mississippi. He was son of James Nathaniel Holliday and his wife Sallie Pearl Mitchell. He attended Eldridge Baptist Academy in Alabama for his high school work and graduated there. He then attended the Tennessee River Baptist Institute, a Junior College for two years.
He was converted at the age of 19 at Eldridge, Alabama. He was married May 9, 1925, to Miss Laura Idella Beasley. Prior to entering the ministry he was a nursery salesman. He was reared in a Baptist family and was a member of the Baptist church prior to his entry into the ministry. On feeling the call to preach he united with the Methodist Church and was licensed to preach by the Corinth District Conference, of the North Miss-issippi Conference, at Ripley, Mississippi, on April 6, 1930.
He was admitted into the North Mississippi Conference on trial at Tupelo, Mississippi, in November 1932, and appointed to the Iuka circuit. He was ordained to deacons orders and received full connection at the conference held in Indianola, Mississippi, in 1934. He was ordained an elder at Kosciusko, Mississippi, in 1936.
He served the following appointments in North Mississippi Conference:
Iuka Circuit—1932-SS, Tyro Circuit—1945-37, Tremont Circuit—1937-42, Louisville Circuit—1942-44, Vaiden-west—1944-46, Water Valley, Main Street—1946-49, Shuqualak—1949-50.
Transferred to Louisiana Conference in June 1950 and served the Cameron charge until his death, September 18, 1950.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 170-171, 1951 by Hubert A. Gibbs|