Joseph Felix Holloran

August 15, 1929January 5, 2021

On January 5, 2021, Joseph Felix Holloran, 91, and his wife of nearly 69 years, Mary Lee Holloran, 89, were met at the gates of Heaven by their son, Steve, after a sudden car accident.

Joseph was born on August 15, 1929 in McEwen, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Patrick Holloran and Mary Ann( Mayme) Lagan , along with all his siblings: Loraine (Joe) Thompson, James (Marie) Holloran, Ann Ridings( J.B.) Hooper, Thomas (Dot) Holloran and Margaret Eileen (Ed) Settlers. Joe was very proud of his 100% Irish legacy, and was “an old stubborn Irishman”, as Mary would say.

He graduated from McEwen High School in 1947 and although he had offers to play professional baseball, he joined the Navy and became a radio operator on submarines for three years. He came home and began working for Nashville Electric Service in 1950. He became reacquainted with his wife, Mary Lee, who also attended McEwen High School, and they were married February 2, 1952. They had five children, Steve, (Donna) who we lost in 2004, Mark (Rea), Paula (Michael), Tim (Cande) and Amy (Robb). They have 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. They have been members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for over 60 years, and will be sadly missed at their usual 8:30 mass on Sundays. Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening and became an avid golfer winning many tournaments including the 1965 Capital City golf association tournament held at McCabe golf course. He retired in 1990 but continued to work for years picking up ads for the Tennessean newspaper. Most weekends you could find him at his cabin in the woods resting on the porch after doing some fishing or hunting.

Mary Lee was born on April 7, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and moved back to McEwen when she was two. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Wherry Moody and Myrtie Isabelle Peeler, along with siblings Margie (Bob) Beightol, Leon (Ann) Moody, Robert (Barbara) Moody. She is survived by sisters Edna Ashworth, Doris (Gene) Sadler, and Joan (Riley) Breedlove. She graduated from McEwen High School in 1949 as valedictorian and went to Nashville Business College to learn business secretarial skills. After getting married in 1952, she became a homemaker and mother of five children. She enjoyed bowling, and participated in a league for years.

She went to work at Vanderbilt University in 1973 and worked there 25 years in the bookstore as a teller at the check-cashing window for students. While there, she enjoyed football games and became a season ticket holder and University of Tennessee hater! We were not allowed to wear orange at home! After retirement, she had more time to be Mimi to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed family celebrations, watching them perform in sports or programs, and all religious events.

Everyone who knew her says she was the sweetest woman you could ever meet in this world. (Married to Joe for so long gave her a special place in Heaven!) They are both survived by their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a host of cousins, friends and acquaintances. They were blessed beyond measure and have left behind a legacy of faith, sacrifice, family, love and life long memories for those who had the pleasure of getting to know them. It is with faith we know they are walking the streets of glory, pain free and that we will see them again in God’s time.

Visitation will be held on Sunday January 10, 4-7pm with a private family rosary at 6:30 at Marshall Donnelly Combs funeral home. Another visitation on Monday, January 11 at 10:00 am will be at St. Patrick Church in McEwen, TN followed by a funeral service and burial in the church cemetery. Officiates are Father Fye, St. Ann parish priest, and Father Simon, St. Patrick parish priest. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to donate to either church in Joe and Mary Lee’s name, the family would be deeply honored. Thank you for your love and support during this most difficult time and using Joe’s favorite saying, “See you down the road”!



  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, January 11, 2021


  • Burial to Follow


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Marsha Greenstein

January 12, 2021


John Breeden

January 11, 2021

I'll never forget when your dad dropped me and Jerry off at White Oak creek one time. He didn't tell us until we got there and we got out of the truck to stay low and dont let the people at the first house see us they might start shootin. He said if we made it there was some good fishing and he would pick us up at the bridge. He said if we weren't at bridge he figured we didn't make it. I loved him so much. He was a good man and a good friend. I love you all.

Miriam Leibowitz

January 10, 2021

I had the absolute pleasure of living nextdoor to Mr. and Mrs. Holloran for the past 15 years, and couldn't have asked for better neighbors. We traded vegetables from our gardens, and oftentimes I would go d a bag of them on my kitchen door waiting for me at the end of the workday.

Mr. Holloran mowed my yard in secret for a year, until Mrs. Holloran let me know who the lawn mowing fairy was.

We would often talk politics, and Mrs. Holloran encouraged me to become a poll worker when she retired from our local election precinct.

I already miss Mr. Holloran's tinkering with their truck, trailer, mower and four-wheeler (which he would joyride through the neighborhood). I miss his honking for Mrs. Holloran when it was time to go to church on Sunday or take a drive or go for a bite to eat. I miss their putting out leftovers for the birds and squirrels, planting turnips just to see them grow, and offers of wine from the mason jar in Mr. Holloran's overalls.

They were kind and funny and are truly missed.

David Hendricks

January 10, 2021

Uncle Joe was a friend to everyone he met. Always enjoyed the jokes we shared at the Jaybird and then later at the Irish picnic. Marry Lee was everyone's "Grandma". Picnics will never be the same. Save a spot on the putting green and we will see ya'll down the road.
Country and Cindy

Nancy and Jim Langdon

January 8, 2021

Jim and I send our love and prayers to the Holloran family
We have great memories of Mrs Holloran at the Vandy football games
What a great couple

Jan Matlock

January 8, 2021

Holloran family,

So shocked and saddened for your loss. I worked with Mary at the Vanderbilt Bookstore for many years and was blessed to have her as a good friend. Over the last few years we lost touch but in earlier years our little group ((Donna, Kathy, Teena, Beth, Patsy and myself) shared many wonderful times together. Mary and I both were Vanderbilt fans and talked about our teams quite often. Joe also accompanied Mary at some of our get-togethers. Both of them were so sweet and talked of their family often. I wish every one of you peace and sweet memories of your parents and know that they had many, many friends who loved them and offer our sincere condolences to you.