October 11, 2016
Thomas “Possum” Holliday, Sr., 69, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016, at Waverly Care Home, West Point, MS. Visitation was Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. A Funeral Service was Monday, October 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mel Howton officiating. Interment followed in Egger Cemetery, Caledonia, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home directing. Mr. Holliday was born July 28, 1947 to the late James Walter and Mary Grace Brownlee Holliday in Columbus, MS and was a lifelong resident of Columbus, MS. He was a member of Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist Church in the Bartahatchie Community. Mr. Holliday retired in 2009 as a shipping clerk after 42 years with Omnova Solutions. He loved animals and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Holliday was a member of the Big Buck Hunting Club, Ethelsville, AL and was known as “Possum” and “The Fishman”. He enjoyed attending New Hope Football and Baseball games and his son and daughter’s softball games at Propst Park. Over the past 7 years, Mr. Holliday battled with Alzheimer’s. Mr. Holliday is survived by his wife of 46 years – Patsy Coleman Holliday, Columbus, MS; daughter – Patty Holliday (Bryan) Dill, Guntown, MS; son – Thomas I Holliday, Jr., Columbus, MS; sisters – Bettye Donley, Niceville, FL and Sarah Britt, Ethelsville, AL; and grandchildren – Bryanne Dill and Taylor Dill. Pallbearers were Walt Holliday, Frankie Bolton, Tommy Hall, Derek Lowery, Roy Baker and Marty Richardson. Honorary Pallbearers were Jody Johnson, employees of Omnova and the past and present members of the Big Buck Hunting Club, Ethelsville, AL. Memorials may be made to Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, 855 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, P.O. Box 85, Columbus, MS 39703. Mr. Holliday’s family would like to express their sincerest appreciation for the kindness and care that was given to Thomas by the employees of New Horizon Personal Care Home and Waverly Care Home and Special Compassus Hospice Employees, Nurse Betty Power and caregivers Angela and Tasha.