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Barbara Reynolds Holiman

June 20, 1931May 20, 2020

Barbara Reynolds Holiman, age 88, passed away peacefully after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Affectionately known as “Barbar” and “Baba” by her grandchildren, she was born to Leon Dewey and Kate Carr Reynolds on June 20,1931 in Meridian, MS. Upon graduation from Meridian High School, she obtained a degree from Mississippi State College for Women. During her time there she was a member of Pi Delta Epsilon journalism honorary, Home Economics Club, and the Hottentots, Black List, and Lockheart Social Clubs. She continued her education in social work at Tulane University in a master’s degree program. She married Richard Ralph Holiman in 1955 and moved to Greenwood, MS where she raised her family. While in Greenwood she was a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church and enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday School. She was widowed in 1989 and later moved to Jackson, MS to be closer to family.

Barbara will be remembered for her steadfast faith in Christ and for being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a second mother to many in the neighborhood, and her kitchen was always welcoming with home cooked meals and home-made rolls. She exemplified her servant’s heart by always being there for her children and grandchildren with wisdom and grace. She spent many memorable times playing bridge and enjoying social gatherings with her friends. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, upholstering, and antique shopping. She cherished her friendships with her cousins while growing up in Meridian and later when reconnecting with others after she moved to Jackson.

She is survived by her children: Ralph Holiman, Jr. (Laura) of Bay St. Louis; Reynolds Holiman (Beth) of Leesburg, FL; Allen Holiman (Paige) and Kate Holiman Bowman (David) both of Jackson. Also, her grandchildren: Mary Holiman of Bay St. Louis, Richard Holiman, III of Union, New Jersey; Jackson Holiman and Parker Holiman both of Leesburg, FL; Allen Holiman, Jr; Madeline Holiman, and Jack Reynolds Holiman, all of Jackson; Christine Bowman Murray (Jack) of Nashville, TN; Sarah Allen Bowman and Lizzie Bowman, both of Jackson.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the devoted caregivers of Madison County Nursing Home. Graveside services will be in Indianola, MS and held at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Mind Center, University of MS Medical Center or a favorite charity.


  • The MIND Center @ The University of Mississippi Medical Center


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Elizabeth Conb

May 25, 2020

To all of you, Kate, Allen, Reynolds and Ralph,

There aren’t enough characters allowed to share what Barbara meant to so many of her “other” kids! She taught us so much.... I mean how many days did we sit around that farm table as she showed us how to fold rolls and make homemade icing?
Also her allowing me to cut you guys hair our back... y’all were brave ! I think I was 13!
What I treasure most is her love for our mom while she was so sick. Always taking care of us, and even how my flower pot was full when I arrived in Madison as she and Kate has created the loveliest arrangement in my front porch pots when I moved in.
I still keep a coffee cup with odd and end sterling spoons by my coffee pot, as she always welcomed the cup of coffee or tea and the visit ! Just recently shared that story with my Caroline about why it was there !
She was the best and we will miss her so, until we see her again! Thank you Jesus! ❤️Love and praying for you all! Beth

Steve McRae

May 25, 2020

Jan and I always loved when you guys would come to meridian. So sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed. Love you guys.

Mac and Sandy Temple

May 25, 2020

We were sorry to hear of Barbara’s death. Moma always loved Barbara and thought the world of her. She has told us many stories of their shenanigans while they were growing up. I remember a few years ago when we got them together and they both just sat there enjoying each other. It was obvious that they had some kind of connection and good Karma while together. We will keep you and your families in our prayers. Mac and Sandy

Martha Ueltschey

May 21, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Regardless of her age or yours, losing our mothers is a big loss. I loved reading about her sweet spirit and kindnesses. You share these traits with her. She must have been so proud of you.
Martha Ueltschey

Gloria Hirn

May 21, 2020

I still remember the day that your mom helped me make a hugh hanging basket. She had such a sweet spirit and alot of patience with me.
My thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family.

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