ORIENTAL, N.C. - Anne Irving James Holloway passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 after battling Alzheimer's for years. She was born in Birmingham Alabama July 1, 1934 to Harold Irving James and Annie Sue Herndon James. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; David; her sister, Martha Sue Brown, and her husband, Joseph Ogburn Holloway, Jr. Anne and Joe married in 1954, both attending the University of Alabama at the time. Their family grew to include four children, Elizabeth Cordes (Roger), Susan Teller (Ron), Joseph O, III "Jeph" (Joy) and James. While Joe's career moved the family from state to state, they were always within driving distance of Tuscaloosa. Once settled in Decatur, Georgia, Anne obtained her master's degree in education from Georgia State University and joined the noblest profession, teaching at several grade levels in various schools throughout DeKalb County, Georgia. She formed lasting relationships with her fellow teachers and with students who appreciated the extra distance Mrs. Holloway would go to help her students succeed. While raising four children, Anne still found time for contributing to the community. She sang in the church choir, led a children's Sunday school class and played the autoharp there and also taught her children the meaning of giving back. Every year at Christmas she gathered new items and donated them to the nearby nursing home. Retirement took Anne and Joe back to Alabama where they renovated a house on Lake Jordan in Titus, just outside of Montgomery. Anne ran the best Camp Granny for her five grandsons every summer and hosted the most memorable Christmas parties every December for her Joe and her friends at the lake. Everyone enjoyed singing around the piano while Anne played her baby grand. This party and other gatherings of family and friends also showcased Anne's terrific cooking skills. She would bake and cook and sauté and stew. It was homemade from scratch and so good. No one ever left hungry from the lake! Anne's love of gardening came to life in the flowers and other plants around that lakeside home called Great Pine. Dogwood trees, red maples, daffodils, roses and of course pine trees flourished under her green thumb. Even her poinsettias lived year after year. Other of her favorite retirement activities included reading to the children at the Wetumpka Library and volunteering at Wetumpka First United Methodist Church. And she read voraciously. Anne is survived by her children; her sister; Cecilia McClenny; her sister-in-law, Cynnie James; grandsons, Roger and Evan Cordes, Joseph and James Holloway, and Alexander Holloway; great-grandchildren, Beatrice and Roger Cordes; nieces, Leslie and Mally James, Suzy Gatewood, Wendy Kennedy, Celia Morrison, nephews Sandy, Michael and Cooper James, David Welch, Hal and Morris Wright; her Aunt Martha Scott of Fairhope; and many beloved cousins, and great-nieces and great-nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa on Saturday January 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation with the family will be held at the church beginning at 12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
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