OBITUARY

James Edward "Ed" "Punky" Holler Sr.

January 23, 1940November 21, 2021

Mr. James Edward Holler Sr. passed away on Sunday November 21, 2021.

Mr. Holler was born January 23, 1940 in Bluefield, West Virginia, son of the late Clifton Holler and Ruth Fuquay. He finished Dreher High School, where he was voted most athletic, while playing basketball, football, and baseball. Punky attended the University of South Carolina where he was a 2 year letterman for baseball and a 3 year letterman for football. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned 3 letters in football as a running back/linebacker under head coaches Warren Giese and Marvin Bass and 2 letters in Baseball as a pitcher under head coach Joe Grugan.

The Inside Linebacker Meeting Room, in the Ken and Cyndi Long Family Football Operations Building is named in honor of Punky. He was a regular member of a group of former USC football, baseball, and basketball athletes who had dinner together every Wednesday evening. After obtaining his under graduate degree at USC, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1963 by Vince Lombardi, and played for them for 1 1/2 years. Punky was then traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964 and played there. He then played football in Canada for three years.

He received a JD from the University of South Carolina school of Law in 1969, while he was still playing in the NFL. Punky was admitted to the SC Bar, US District Court, US Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court. He was a speaker at the National Trial Lawyers Association in Toronto and New Orleans. Punky was a long-time practicing attorney in Columbia, following his athletic career. He was the founding partner in the law firm of Holler, Dennis, Garner, Corbett, and Freeman which later became Holler, Garner, Corbett, Gilchrist, and Mason. He practiced criminal, domestic, and personal injury law as well a sports agent for many athletes, including Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. He was a member of the SC Trial Lawyers Association since 1972. Where he was a past member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and American Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association and many other Civil and Professional Associations. Punky was a member of the National Football League Alumni Association and Sports Lawyers Association. He was elected to the Board of Governors for the SC Trial Lawyers and was Chairman of SC Trial Lawyers convention for over 20 years. Punky was awarded the founding member of the SC Trial Lawyers Convention and was practicing law for more than 50 years, up until his passing.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 38 years Renee Holler; daughter, Mary Peck (Michael) of Blythewood, SC and their daughters, Sutton Peck and Reese Peck; son, James Edward “Eddie” Holler, Jr. of Columbia, SC; son, Trevor Morrison “Mo” Holler (Emily) of Columbia, SC and their son, Smith Holler; daughter, Logan Elizabeth Holler of South Florida; brother, Cliff Holler (Annelle) of Tallahassee, FL; and sister, Barbara Hiller (Buddy) of Columbia, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Shandon Baptist Church. Visitation will immediately follow the service in the church foyer.

The family suggests that those who wish, may send memorials to University of South Carolina Letterman’s Association, USC Association of Lettermen,1304 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Wade Kolb

November 24, 2021

All honor to his name.

John Tucker

November 23, 2021

All honor to his name.

Alex Sanders

November 23, 2021

Punky Holler has been my friend, man and boy, since we were at Dreher High School more than 65 years ago. He was a special kind of friend.

I wasted a lot of his money running for public office over the years. He always generously contributed to my campaign, but I never once asked him for a donation. He contributed without ever being asked. That’s the kind of a friend he was. If he knew you needed help, he would just go ahead and help you, sparing you the embarrassment of having to ask for help.

I’ll never forget my great and good friend from childhood, Punky Holler, an honest lawyer and a loyal Gamecock.

Gini Mason

November 23, 2021

Mr Holler will be missed by us all, he was always so kind and easy to please. Prayers and hugs to Renee and your family.
Gini and Tombo family

David Jordan

November 23, 2021


Jan and I were sorry to hear about Punky. My brother, Johnnie and I were friends with Punky since Dreher High and we were Sigma Chi's together at Carolina. I have great memories when we would all gather at the Lion’s Head restaurant in Five Points with our friend, Claude Wall.

The article in The State today says all of the good things we thought of Punky. He was always very good to me and was an excellent attorney.

Weldon Waites

November 22, 2021

To the Holler family, please accept my sincere sympathy. Very sad to hear about Punky. He was a long time friend.
Weldon Waites

George Kosko

November 22, 2021

Punky was the best of colleagues--a most skilled advocate who never lost his humanity, nor humor. His clients were always well served, and it can be said without contradiction, that his ethics and diligence were never in question. His appearances before me were always welcome and left me almost always laughing about something he had said. Rest in Peace my friend, you have justly earned it.

Flip Cuthbertson

November 22, 2021

Rip

Jim Seigler

November 22, 2021

Punky was a true friend. I am grateful to have been a part of his breakfast group for decades.
Punky was Chair of the SCAJ trial lawyers conventions beginning in the 1990s to the present year, and made a personal effort to make each year meaningful.
The words of Joe Anderson above are so descriptive of our unique friend.
Punky leaves a void that will not be filled other than by his legacy.
Our condolences to Renee and all the family.

Dennis Shedd

November 22, 2021

My condolences to the Holler family. Punky was a very fine lawyer who was always prepared and courteous in the courtroom. More importantly, he was a very fine man.

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