July 29, 1849 - April 28, 1936
|A good man has died and a noble life has come to an end. Rev. S. S. Holladay was born July 28, 1849, in Rankin County, Mississippi departed this life April 28, 1936. He was eighty-six years and nine months old. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church in 1860. He lived happily in the Methodist Church seventy-five years.
He was married to Miss Laura Harper, November 9, 1870. To this union were born ten children—six girls and four boys. They that survive him are R. T. Hailsday, Shreveport, La., Rev. S. S. Holladay, Jr., Delhi, La., Mrs. H. W. Bowman, Pelican, La., Mrs. I. C. Reese, Port Arthur, Texas, Mrs. H. U. Salley, Colorado City, Texas, and Mrs. H. B. Means, Pelican, La.
Brother Holladay was licensed to preach in I 883. He joined the Louisiana Conference in 1887. He was a minister for fifty-three years. He was active in the work up to 1920, at which time he superannuated, and made his home in Pelican, among the people that he had served three times as pastor. He had so won their affection that they gave him a home in their midst and remained true to him until the end came.
As a preacher, Brother Holladay had unusual gifts. He had a very attentive mind, and could grasp truths and retain them and call them up at will. As a speaker, he knew how to deliver his message, and had gifts of oratory that anyone might be pleased to have. He was strong in prayer; often his soul was fired with the spirit of God, and a benediction seemed to come upon the congregation through this good man’s prayers.
In 1884-85 he supplied the Anacoco work. He served Negreest, 1886; New Hope and Many, 1887; by a rearrangement of the work he continued in the New Hope and Many work from 1888 to 1893, and he served Wesley Circuit, 1894, and Pelican, 1894-95. He transferred to the East Texas Conference and served Quitman charge in 1896. Returning to the Louisiana Conference in the fall of 1896, he again served New Hope and Many, 1897-99. He joined the Congregational Methodist Church in the fall of 1900 and served effectively in that Church about eight years. He came back to the Louisiana Conference in 1908, and again served Pelican, 1909-12. He served Pleasant Hill, l913-14; South Mansfield, 1915-16; Zwolle, 1917; Pelican, 1918-20, and then superannuated.
Brother Holladay was a true man in every sense of the word. True to his companion, his children, his friends, and his work, he loved God and humanity. He served well in his day and generation. He is gone, but not forgotten. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence-forth: yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 96-97, 1936, by J. C. Price|