William Judson Holloway Jr.

June 23, 1923April 25, 2014
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William J. Holloway, Jr.

June 23, 1923-April 25, 2014

Oklahoma City, OK

Early Friday morning, April 25th, Federal Appellate Judge William J. Holloway, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home in Oklahoma City surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hugo, Oklahoma, to William Judson Holloway Sr. and Amy Arnold Holloway, he moved into the Oklahoma governor’s mansion at the age of 7, while his father served as the 8th governor of Oklahoma. Judge Holloway attended Classen High School, winning the national debate championship and graduating with honors. He served in the United States Army, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1947, and went on to Harvard Law School, receiving his LL.B. in 1950. He was married to Helen Hoehn in Enid, Oklahoma in 1963. He served as an Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. before returning to Oklahoma to pursue private practice. Judge Holloway was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1968, where he served for more than 45 years, including as the court’s chief justice from 1984-1991. He took senior status on May 31, 1992 but continued to work up until his death. Judge Holloway was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, the American Law Institute, and the American, Oklahoma, Oklahoma County and Federal Bar Associations. Judge Holloway is survived by his wife, Helen Hoehn Holloway, daughter Eleanor Gentry Holloway, daughter-in-law Martha L. Whiteaker, and grandsons Jack W. Holloway and Joshua W. Holloway. He was predeceased by his son, William J. Holloway III. He had numerous devoted and loving extended family, friends, and colleagues. His lasting legacy, beyond a tireless and honorable service, was to always remember the people whom the law served. Visitation will be held at Hahn Cook Street and Draper from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday April 30, 2014. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 pm, Thursday May 1st, 2014 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center. Judge Holloway will be privately interred at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City. Memorial donations can be directed to Doctors without Borders, a charity long-supported by Judge Holloway. Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Viewing Wednesday, April 30, 2014
  • Reception Thursday, May 1, 2014

William Judson Holloway Jr.

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August 13, 2014

Judge Holloway was my second cousin. He was always there for me. My mother always had so many great things to say about him with many loving childhood memories Bill was a very generous and kind human being, he'll be missed

Gentry Martin

May 12, 2014

What a kind, generous & thoughtful man, with such a positive, genuine spirit!! I will always remember the family dinner outings "Uncle Billy" would treat us to on our annual Oklahoma trips. A wonderful man with such an enthusiastic smile & captivating presence, touched the lives of all he met.
-Gentry Carroll Martin, cousin

The Seth family

May 1, 2014

Judge Holloway truly was one of the kindest, most thoughtful, loving persons our family has ever known. His kindness, love and friendship over many decades is deeply treasured, and we are grateful beyond words for having known him.
We send our love to Helen, Gentry, Martha, Jack, Josh and family.
Sandy, Laurie, Valerie

Madeline Lyon Lewelling

May 1, 2014

Judge Holloway was a friend of my father, A. Cooper Lyon, class of Classen '40 and owner of The Anna Maude Cafeteria, who passed away in 1995. For ten years, 1974-1983, Judge Holloway supported me as a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and I visited with him every summer about my work. I was initially very intimidated at the thought of calling a justice of the 10th Circuit of Appeals for financial support, but Judge Holloway was so kind and encouraging, he put me at ease both on the phone and at his office. I've often heard the word "gentleman" in reference to him and I feel that was almost an understatement. He was the kind of leader, of highest integrity, that was so very unique; no one will ever replace all that he was. I saw him a couple of years ago at his office and while it was obvious he was weaker physically, his mind and his soul were vibrant. I was always so proud to know him, and his death is a momentous loss in the legal system, as well as in the life of our city and state. Blessings to you, his family. May you carry his legacy proudly.

Sharon Watts

May 1, 2014

It was a privilege and honor to work for Judge Holloway for 10 years as his Secretary. We worked hard, but we always had fun. The parties at his home were some of the finest times ever. Miss Helen's spinach dip is still my favorite appetizer! I will forever remember Judge's bright smile and rosy cheeks. He was a gentlemen and a scholar and will be deeply missed. All our love to Miss Helen and Gentry. ~Sharon & Curt Watts

April 30, 2014

We are forever grateful to Judge Holloway for launching us in our legal careers and bringing us together 30 years ago. A great judge and an even better man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen and Gentry.

Courtney Bryan-Caron (law clerk 1984-85)& Paul Caron (law clerk 1983-85)

Lydia Lytle

April 30, 2014

"I didn't know him for long but when i saw he he was always was happy and friendly"

Joann Bell

April 28, 2014

Judge Holloway was a wonderful asset to the judiciary system and well known for his integrity and ethics. My sincere condolences to his family.

Charlene Craig

April 28, 2014

As one of "Uncle Bill's" extended family, I will always remember him for the joy he took at being with his family and friends. His love and humility were felt by all. His place in history will forever be his legacy to a life of genuine public service.

Charlene Craig

Shannon Sullivan

April 28, 2014

Judge Holloway was an amazing person and more than Honorable Man. God broke the mold after making him. He will be missed forever by many. I am sorry I will not be able to attend his memorial service. I will remember him always, and send deepest sympathy to all who were loved him and all who were lucky enough to have him touch their life here on earth. Peace be with you.