1st m. Veva Inez Reynolds 30
May 1917 Russellville, AR
b. Ashley Co., AR
d. Ashley Co., AR [Portland Cem.]
her father: John W. Reynolds
2nd m. Mildred Crockett Shanks c
|children with Veva Inez Reynolds|
|Ernest Hollaway Jr.||b (private) Norman, Ashley Co., AR||d. (private)||m. Ida Nelle Daily 7 Jul 1941 Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR
(b. d. 2007 TN)
||b (private) Ashley Co., AR|| d. (private)
1894 - Ernest Lee Hollaway is born in July 1894 in Mist, Arkansas
1897 - Sara (Sadie) Alice is born February 13 in Mist, Arkansas.
Ernest never revealed to any of his family how the fire had started. When he was about 70 or 75 , he told the story to me." [records of Ernest Lee Hollaway Jr.]
1900 - I'm assuming that the above story has some validity since the
family seems to have moved off the farm into town by 1900.
They last two blacks listed in the household were probably
servants. Bryan is born May of 1900, may have died shortly after
this , he
doesn't show up on 1910 census. Eugenia seems to have had 6
children with only four surviving. Willia Dokes had 10 children
with 4 surviving.
1904, March 23 - Ernest's mother "Jennie" dies of the measles. [Portland Cem. Records]
1907 - Willie marries Lou Ella Wesley (Austin) Hollaway on Oct. 15, 1907, the wife of his deceased brother, Albert. [Ark Co. Marriages 1849-1910]
1910 - Willie Hollaway is (49 years old) living in Portland,
with Ella (48) his new wife, his son, Ernest(15) and daughter,
Sadie,(13). His occupation is listed as "owns farm". Bryan doesn't show
up on this census and probably died shortly after birth.
John D. Hollaway, Willie's brother, and his wife, Sallie, live just up the road. He also is a farmer.
[Arkansas, Ashley, Enum 13/ Sheet 3, Portland]
1913 to 1915 - Ernest was attending Hendrix College in Conway,
Arkansas. He was majoring in literature.
[Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1915-16 - He was a history instructor in the public schools of Russellville, Arkansas. He probably restarted his education in 1916 when he attended Valpariso University at Valpariso, Indiana. [Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1916 and 1917 - He became superintendent of the schools at Hermitage, Arkansas, a position that he held until 1918. [Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1917, May 30 - Ernest marries Veva Inez Reynolds probably in the Methodist church at Arkansas City.
1918, Sept 10th - Ernest enlists in the Army. He was a private in Infantry Co., #36 of the Ninth Receiving Battalion. He was discharged at Camp Pike on December 10, 1918. I'm curious about why his service was so short.
When he was discharged he became superintendent of schools at
Arkansas according to his article in the Centennial History of
Arkansas. More recently researchers have found no
record of him having a position of superintendent of the schools
here. It is more likely that he may have been a principal
of a school. The town changed its name to Norman in
1920, May - He quits his job to return to college at Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee. He graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in June, 1921. He also gets an L. L. B degree from this same institution. He had already passed the bar to practice law take cases before the circuit courts. In 1921 he was granted the right to take cases to supreme court. [Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1921, September - He became superintendent of schools in Arkansas City and according to the article he remained in that position at the time of the writing. [Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1923 - He expected to set up his own law practice and apparently
Ernest eventually becomes a well known judge in Ashley Co., Arkansas. [Centennial History of Arkansas. vol.III, p.43]
1930 - Ernest Holloway is living at 177 W. 3rd St. in Corning, Clay
Co., Arkansas with his wife Veva, son and nephew.
1940- US Census, Arkansas, Clay Co., Corning. enum. dist. 11-18,
1942- Ernest Hollaway Jr. had joined the Army Reserve while in
2012- These emails lay out the details of Ernest L.
Hollaway Jr. in his own words.
"There were no other children born to my father. I was an only child.
After I had been in Japan, my father and his second wife, Mildred, adopted a baby that was born to a couple that had been clients of his. He had gotten them released from jail in Arkansas, and they went to Dallas. There they were arrested again. They called my father for help. He was not able to get them released. They had this very young baby. My father felt that the baby's grandparents, who lived near Corning, AR, would want to care for the infant, and so he brought the baby home with him. When he took the baby to the grandparents, they refused to have anything to do with the child! So this led to my father and Mildred adopting the child.
They named the child Jackie.
After she finished high school
she married and had two sons. When the sons were nearly grown, the
husband was seriously injured in an accident where he worked. I
suppose Jackie thought he would no longer be able to support her, and
so she divorced him and soon married another man. They are still
married even though Jackie has threatened divorce several times.
Jackie is physically disabled and receives disability payments. I
a trip to see her about two years ago. She now has convinced
that my father adopted her because he actually had an affair with
woman who is her mother and was her real father. I do not believe
is true, but there is no purpose in arguing with her about it. So that
is where the "other child" rumor comes from. [Ernest Hollaway email
"Ida Nelle and I married immediately after college at the First
Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, AR,
I was employed immediaely by the First Baptist Church of Mayfield, KY as assistant pastor, minister of music, minister of education and minister of youth. The church had about 2,000 members, a pastor who had been there about 15 years, and a secretary. I was the first additional minister they had ever hired.
I was serving the church when Pearl Harbor happened. I had a reserve commission I had received at college, and so I was immediately called onto active duty as a second lieutenant.
I was sent for a refresher course at The Infantry School, Ft.
Benning, GA. When I finished the 3-month course, I was chosen to
remain at the school as an instructor, so I was there about 18
I then was assigned to the 63rd Infantry Division being
formed at Camp
Blanding, FL. I was given an assignment on paper as the executive
officer of a heavy weapons company (machine guns and mortars), but I
was immediately attached to the Plans and Training section of the
Division Headquarters. I remained with the division headquarters
the entire time the division was in training, about another 18
When the division went overseas, I finally joined the company where I
had been assigned all along, and so I served with them until I was
discharged, almost four years after first being called to active duty.
I was discharged as a captain.
I went to seminary as soon as possible after my discharge, first to Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY for 2/3 of one year. We then moved to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. While a student there, I served as minister of education and music at a church in Wichita Falls, TX and then at a church in Stephenville, TX. We were appointed as missionaries to Japan, where we served for 17 and a half years.
Ida Nelle had health problems that forced us to return to the USA. From 1966 I was employed by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville. I served first as an editor of adult bible study materials, but soon was made a manager and served in various staff positions until I retired in 1985 at age 65, having completed 19 years there.. Ida Nelle and I returned to Japan as volunteer missionaries for 18 months. So we served 19 years in Japan and 19 years in Nashville. Shortly before I retired the name of the agency in Nashville was changed to Lifeway Christian Services. In case you are interested, I earned a Doctor of Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary.
After Ida Nelle regained her health she earned two Master of Education degrees and taught school in Nashville. She also authored six books that were published by Broadman Press. Two of the books were very popular among Baptists readers, selling about forty thousands each. One volume told of her experience with depression and she led conferences on that subject and also spoke to large crowds (up to about 3000) in locations from North Carolina to New Mexico. The last book she wrote was in the form of a novel and is actually the story of her mother and father's family. It is published in 8 x 10 size and has 760 pages. She was well along in the process of writing this book when Alzheimer's made it impossible for her to complete the work, and so I wrote a small portion of the book based on the information we had researched together. I had that book published privately so that our family could have copies. The title is Lydia's Life by Ida Nelle Hollaway and I believe it can still be ordered from Amazon.com. The Alzheimers lasted about 5 years before she died from kidney failure brought on by cancer.
You may not know that our oldest son, Ernest Lee Hollaway, III, died suddenly on December 23, 2011, at age 69 from a ruptured aorta. He is buried here in Nashville where he had retired from an editorial position with Thomas Nelson Publishers.
You probably do not want all this information, but that is the short story of our life.
Amazingly, my sons Bill and Mark and a daughter, Rebecca
(Killebrew) still live in the Nashville area. My son
Stephen, who was
born in Nagoya, Japan, is the pastor of the Baptist church on Block
Island, Rhode Island. The island is about ten miles off the
and has only about 1,000 residents during the winter but 25,000 in the
summer. The church of which he is pastor dates back to October
1765, and was evidently formed by people who came from the
Baptist church in America that was organized by Roger Williams in
Providence, Rhode Island." [Ernest Hollaway email 12/12/12]
1979 - Dec 27 -
1981 Jul 25 - Ernest Hollaway Sr. dies in Corning, AR
letter to Violet Christenson, October 2, 1981 [letter in collection of Elroy Christenson]
Ernest Jr. goes on to become a missionary. He has a long and
successful career and spends many years in Japan with his wife and
Ernest Jr. marries and has four chidren who are mostly involved in
the ministry. A Christmas letter lists this information.
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