Michael B. Holloway, 64, passed away peacefully Thursday night, November 29, 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a native of Star City. There will be a Celebration of Michael’s Life on January 19, 2019 at 2 p.m at Griffin Funeral Chapel in Star City.
Michael pursued his love of music and playing the guitar by moving to Nashville around 1976. His roots remained in Arkansas and the Delta region of Mississippi and he traveled the world, playing the blues and sharing his talent. He played with many bands, formed a few of his own and also did solo acoustic shows. He was a phenomenal singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Michael was married for 30 years to Melissa Herod (now Smoot) and they are the parents of two surviving children, Rachel and Eric Holloway of Nashville. He is also survived by his grandson, Dylan Holloway, who lived with him for the past five years. Dylan is one of Michael’s greatest joys.
In addition to his musical career, Michael worked at Gibson Guitars for many years and formed deep, long-lasting friendships with colleagues. He could inspect a guitar backwards, as he was a left-handed player but most guitars were right-handed. He loved to amuse people by flipping a guitar upside down and playing without missing a note.
Michael was close to his entire family and loved each and every one. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, A.V. and Helen Holloway of Star City. In addition to his children and grandson, he is survived by three sisters, Deshonn Nichols (Butch) of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Dyanne Jackson of Star City, and Nancy Mitcherson (Butch) of Pine Bluff; and two brothers, Tim Holloway of Yazoo City and Jeff Holloway (Lisa) of Star City. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael Holloway Memorial Fund for Dylan’s benefit and assistance with living expenses while he finishes school.