Joseph Q. Holliday

May 4, 1921November 1, 2012

Joseph Quincy Holliday passed away peacefully the morning of November 1, 2012 at the age of ninety-one. Mr. Holliday was a native of Jamesville, NC and graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1942 where he was a multi-sport letterman and President of his graduating class. He furthered his study at Wake Forest College before earning a Masters of Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1952. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Jamesville High School in 1943 before relocating to Raleigh and beginning a twenty-three year tenure at Needham B. Broughton High School. In 1955 he married the former Mary Jane Anderson.

At Broughton Mr. Holliday served as teacher, Dean of Boys, and Assistant Principal before being named Principal in 1952, a position he held for fifteen years. Additionally, Mr. Holliday was a passionate coach and acted as assistant coach of the track team (1945-1949), boy’s junior varsity basketball coach (1945-46), and boys varsity basketball coach (1946-50) which included a 27 game winning streak extending through the 1949 and 1950 seasons. He was named head coach of the winning East team in the 1950 North Carolina High School Boys Basketball All-Star game. Among his former players, eight went on to play at the collegiate level in either the Athletic Coast Conference or Carolinas Conference.

Following Mr. Holliday’s dedicated service as principal of Broughton, the school’s legendary gymnasium was named in his honor in 1968. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fames at both Broughton and Barton College and was named Barton College Alumnus of the Year in 1993. He continued his career in education as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for Raleigh City Schools before assuming the Area Director position from 1976-1981. Mr. Holliday was a longtime member of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, serving as a Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Board.

In 1996 Mr. Holliday moved to Holden Beach, NC where he lived until 2011. He was a embraced by a wonderful community where he made many friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Anderson Holliday, sisters, Muriel Holliday and Juanita Holliday Coltrain, and parents Joseph and Cottie Holliday. He is survived by his daughter Jane Holliday Houchin, her husband Edward of Raleigh and their children Joseph (Mallory), Charles and Abigail; and daughter Amanda Holliday Spencer, her husband Joseph of Asheboro and their daughter Amanda “Holli” Holliday Spencer.

The family would like to thank the staff at Independence Village, Good Health Services and Heartland Hospice for the care and love they shared.

Family will receive visitors at the Houchin’s home between 2:00 and 6:00pm this Sunday, you may also pay your respects to Joseph between 2:00 and 5:00 pm Sunday at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh Burial will be Monday at 11:00 am at Raleigh Memorial Park, followed by a memorial service at 1pm at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Broughton High School Faculty Alumni Scholarship at 723 St. Mary's St, Raleigh, NC 27605. Share your condolences at


  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 5, 2012

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Ralph Dearborn

November 14, 2012

When I came to work in central office of the Raleigh Public Schools, Joe was Asst Supt but still in coaching mode. He was a terrific mentor, mediator and friend to this young guy startng a new career. Moreover he modeled devotion to family and friends, helping me know what is really important in life. Our continued friendship through Broughton connections was a source of joy. What a life well lived!

Buddy Patterson

November 13, 2012

Jane and Amanda, Your dad lived a full life. I remember meeting him a couple of times at school.. May he rest well.....

Shawn Principi

November 12, 2012

Joe lived across the street from my parents beach house in Holden. It was always wonderful to visit with him at the beach and he was a great neighbor and friend to my mom & dad. We will miss him!

Michael Nourse

November 11, 2012

I think I spent about as much time in Mr.
Holliday's office that is aloud. I was a
cut-up in those days. Thank God some of his words set in, and with a little help of the U.S. Army, I did straiten up. When I came back from Vietnam, I was dating a girl at Broughton. When I went to the lunch room to see her, Joseph Q. remembered me and called me by my name. I'm sure that was a good thing now. My heart felt blessings to all his family.

George Fogle

November 11, 2012

Jane and Amanda, Ten years ago we moved to Carolina Ave. Your Dad was the first neighbor we met. He didn't come just to say hello, he came to help us move in. Over the years we became good friends and he was an inspiration to our entire family. We will never forget Joe...he will live on in our hearts forever. Love and prayers, Judy & George

Barbara and Ken Rogers

November 10, 2012

Jane and Amanda,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Your father, Joe Holliday, was one of the smartest, nicest men I have ever known. Over the years, Joe was my Central Office boss, mentor, neighbor and friend. He encouraged me to continue my education and earn a PhD from Duke. In later years, I enjoyed seeing him, along with Watson H. in Raleigh and at the beach. He will be missed, but NEVER forgotten -- truly a very special man.
It was a treat watching you "girls" growing up and swimming with the Bumgardner children.
Love to you and your families.
Barbara (and Ken, daughter Karen, son Ken, Jr.) Rogers 4109 Glen Laurel Drive.

Mary K Vidaurri

November 10, 2012

My condolences to the family. I knew Mr. Holliday, both as my principal and my mother's boss. Ruth Stephenson was his secretary at Broughton and his friend for many years. I have so many good memories of Mr. Holliday. May his family be comforted in knowing that he was admired and loved by everyone whose lives he touched.

Mary K Vidaurri(class of '63)

Eddie Randolph

November 9, 2012

Coach Holliday was a very humble person and was very well respected by all the players who played basketball for him. I attended a function a few years ago at NBHS in which he also attended. During this function I had the opportunity to speak with him and he still displayed the an air of humility that followed him during his life and was a perfect gentleman. During the years of 1946 thru 1950 I was fortunate to have played for his junior varsity and varsity teams. Never did I hear a harsh word from him to anybody. He will be remembered by all who knew him.

November 8, 2012

Mr. Holliday could not have handled the influx of County School System students that flooded the halls of Broughton in the Fall of 1962 any better. Each of us was assigned a big brother or sister to show us around and show us the ropes. I'm not sure how it happened, but by June of 1964, I felt like he was a personal friend of mine. I'm sure we all have many fond memories of Mr. Holliday that we'll hold long after his passing. To Mr. Holliday's family, you each have so many more memories. Hold on to each. He was a good man.

Jean Larson

November 7, 2012

I graduated from Broughton High School in 1964. I had a great respect for Mr. Holliday. I extend my sympathy to all his family. I also have a recipe in my Mother's hand written cookbook from Mary Holliday.
Jean Webb Larson