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Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors

4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa, TX

OBITUARY

Marshall David Holliday

August 7, 1931June 4, 2019
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Marshall D. Holliday (Doc) passed into the welcoming arms of his Savior on June 4, 2019, surrounded by his three loving daughters after a very short and brave battle with bone cancer. Services will be held at 4:00 pm, June 7, 2019 at the Frank W Wilson Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service beginning at 3:00 pm in the Chapel. Marshall’s grandson, Curtis Thomas, Campus Pastor at Hillside Christian Church, Levelland, TX and Brother David Burton, dearest friend and teacher from Sherwood Church of Christ and Madison Medical Resort Church, will be officiating the services. Marshall will be honored with Military Graveside services at Sunset Memorial Gardens where he will be laid to rest beside his lifelong love, Billie J. Holliday, immediately following his service.

Marshall was born August 7, 1931 in Crane, TX to John Marshall Holliday and Nina Gunn Holliday. At 12 years old, his family moved to Odessa, TX where he spent the remainder of his life. He had four great loves in his life: God, Country, Family, and West Texas. He was a long-time member and Sunday school teacher at 6th and Jackson Church of Christ where he led all his children and three grandsons to Christ. As the grandsons moved over to Crescent Park Baptist Church to become involved in their youth program, so followed their beloved Grandpa and Grandma which began a long-term membership there. He became involved with the David and Laura Pool Sunday school class. These past two years Marshall was an instrumental part of the Sunday afternoon church service held at Madison Medical Resort. Marshall was a bible scholar for most of his life, reading and studying his library of bibles every day. He recently shared with his daughters how God sat with him, right there in his room, having deep conversations with him every day he was studying his Bible, especially in these last few months. He led by godly example for his family and friends to witness always.

Marshall attended Odessa High School and was always a huge fan of the Bronchos! In January 1951, at the age of 19, Marshall enlisted in the United States Navy reporting to Boot Camp in San Diego, CA. After Boot Camp, he attended the Navy Ship Service School, in Bayonne, NJ, where he was Number 10 in his class. He served a tour of duty in the United States Navy during the Korean War with an honorable discharge. He returned to Mapp Tank Company, Odessa, TX where he was employed for 34 years. He continued his Oil and Gas career with Johnson Industries. He retired from MSA Industries in 1998. Following his retirement from the Oil and Gas industry, Marshall proudly transported our young men and women of all military branches to and from the Permian Basin when called to duty. He did so with great pride.

Marshall loved watching football and was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and most recently the Houston Texans and any team where his grandsons attended college. As difficult as it was, he also supported the Houston Oilers on behalf of his son in law. He loved travelling and camping with his wife, family and friends to many places. Cloudcroft, NM was their favorite place where many family memories were made. He loved his Prairie Camping Club friends as if they were family. He was a member of the Prairie Dance Club and VFW where he and Billie enjoyed fellowship and dancing with their friends and family.

Marshall set high standards for himself but showed compassion and patience for those who struggled with life. His loyalty, work ethic, spirit, and determination touched many lives and defined who he was. He will always be loved by many and never be forgotten by his most valuable worldly possessions, his family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Billie Mangan Holliday, his parents, his brother, Donald J Holliday, and his sister Vida Denton.

He is survived by his two sisters Katherine (Cappy) Borcherding and Linda Stoker (John), all four of his children; Clarence Neal Johnson, Sherry Johnson McCrary (Bruce), Serena Holliday Freeland (Paul), and Vicki Johnson Holliday. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandkids and many nieces and nephews that adore him.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Ryan Thomas, Curtis Thomas, Tyler McCrary, David Freeland, and Michael Freeland and also his two son in laws, Bruce McCrary and Paul Freeland.

Our family would like to give a very special thanks to Madison Medical Resort and their amazing caregivers including Dr. Slaughter and Barbara Norris, NP, all the staff, nurses, and his incredible, CNA’s, for all the love and care they gave our precious sweet Daddy while he resided there. A special thanks to his special friends, Roy Hyson and Wayne Dickens who he loved dearly. We hope all of you will always remember his favorite sayings “I thank you very much!” and “Be sweet like me!”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Odessa Meals on Wheels or any other charity of your choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Thomas, Active Pallbearer
  • Curtis Thomas, Active Pallbearer
  • Tyler McCrary, Active Pallbearer
  • David Freeland, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Freeland, Active Pallbearer
  • Bruce McCrary, Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Freeland, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 7, 2019

Memories

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Gail Schwartz

June 8, 2019

What a beautiful tribute to your daddy! I loved growing up with your parents. All those Sundays that we would spend at each other's houses. I'm so thankful that I had such wonderful role models in my friends parents. I think it's so wonderful that we all have known each other's parents almost our whole life. Growing up in Christian homes we all know that this is not the end but a wonderful beginning that they have waited for their whole life. So many memories and fun times for our parents. What a wonderful Godly life they all led. Love to all, Gail

Robert & Wanda Lomax

June 7, 2019

We have known Marshall since we were in our twenties..he & Billie were our friends for many years..he will be missed..but we know he’s in a better place...we love all of you girls very much...

Terra Adams

June 7, 2019

Dear Sherry and family, Thinking of you today and sending hugs and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

❤️ Terra Adams

Bettye & Ed McCrary

June 6, 2019

We always enjoyed the times we were with Marshall and Billie. Marshall was so friendly and had that easy smile. We have been with them at camp grounds and Marshall wanted everything to be done just right. They were so good about taking their grand children with them on camping trips. It was so obvious that Marshall loved his family and wanted to make sure they were taken care of. He was one of those people that can be spoken of as a good man. Our condolences are with his loving family.

Jo Beth Merkley

June 6, 2019

I have so many special memories of Uncle Marshall! He was a funny, wonderful man and I will miss him dearly. My mom would get tickled when she would find a card to send to him that she thought was so funny and found out that he thought it was funny too. Mom loved her brother very much. I always appreciated when Uncle Marshall and Aunt Billie took in our beautiful Sally! They gave her a loving home and loved her just as much as we did.
Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers! Love to you all!!

Jo Beth Merkley

Wayne and Glenda Dickens

June 6, 2019

Two Year’s ago this past May we were welcomed to sit at the dinner table with Marshall and what a blessing that was.He and Wayne became fast friends and had a lot in common.Marshall,Wayne and Roy became best buds always looking out for one another.Their table was known as the fun table.Every Sunday we all sat together at church and Marshall always said a prayer for the Lords Supper.One of the many things we will always remember was he never failed to thank anyone who helped him,We can hear him say so sweetly l sure do thank you.So to you Marshall we sure do thank you for being our friend.Prayers for the family and his girls. Wayne and Glenda Dickens

Linda Barton

June 6, 2019

Joe and I were a great part of Marshall and Billie’s life . Camping club, dancing, Xiota Phi, numerous other gatherings. We have certainly missed all of this, but so happy that they are together again. Our prayers are with all of you, Joe & Linda

Bob and Marihelen Boyd

June 6, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.. what a wonderful daughter you were Sherry to be there for him to the end.. love!!

Leisa Lewis

June 6, 2019

While I never actually met Marshall, I have known his loving daughter for many years. He and my Dad were very close in age and worked the oil field in West Texas for more years than we can count. I’m sure their paths crossed. I know the whole family is mourning now but he is healthy and happy and rejoicing in heaven with his loving wife. We should all be so lucky.
Prayers for peace and loving memories of a wonderful father. ❤️❤️❤️

Shara Clemments

June 5, 2019

I have only know Marshall at short time since my dad, Roy Hyson, arrived in July. At Madison. The second day we were there, My daughter, Lexie followed Wayne, his roommate to the table that would be where he would eat all his meals. This is where I met Marshall. Not only did we share many meals together, but we started new friendships with Sherry, Serena, and Vicki. Marshall was so sweet to my dad and was always helping him with his wheelchair and putting butter in his oatmeal. The two formed a special friendship. We are so missing Marshall... but know he is rejoicing with Jesus and is in perfect pain free body.