William R. Hollis

October 9, 1925January 19, 2014

William R. “Willie” Hollis, age 88, peacefully passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Mr. Hollis was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Waldrop Hollis, three brothers and four sisters. Mr. Hollis was born in Columbus, MS. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Davis and his son, Thomas Hollis (Suzie); four grandsons, Scott and Lee Bennefield, Brandon and Matthew Hollis (Morgan); one great granddaughter, Lily Grace; he was also survived by fourteen nieces and nephews. He was a member of East Gardendale Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and fought “The Battle of Midway Island”. He retired from Alabama By-Products, Inc. after 43 years to care for his ailing wife. All who knew him enjoyed his wit and humor. He was always willing to help family, friends, neighbors, and strangers with whatever they needed. He enjoyed planting and caring for his garden every year and enjoyed hunting with his grandson Scott. An avid animal lover, he loved his dogs and cats to the moon and back. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 23rd, at 12 Noon at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Oakwood Memorial Gardens. Rev. Allen Davis will officiate.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 23, 2014

William R. Hollis

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Melissa Walker Northcutt

January 23, 2014

James and I are very sorry to hear of Mr. Hollis' passing. He was in our office every month and we enjoyed his company. Always a smile.

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Rev. Allen Davis

January 23, 2014

Mr. Hollis was a wonderful man to be around. I have fond memories of him at church and at his home.He has run the race God set before him and now has his reward in Heaven with our Lord. We will see you again one day.

jeff bryant

January 23, 2014

Sorry bout Willie. He was a super nice man.

Sarah Hill

January 22, 2014

I loved my Uncle Willie so much. I am so sorry to hear of his death. I will not be able to attend funeral due to sickness . I had Chemotheraphy yesterday and I very sick. May God Bless this family.

pam Reynolds

January 21, 2014

What an amazing journey you have had here on earth. May you now enjoy peace on that Mountain High. Tell them all I love them and will see you all one day.I love you Uncle Willie.