Henry W. Holly Jr. of Moss Bluff, son of Henry Woodrow Holly and Mattie Irl Holly, died at age 78 on April 8, 2017. Growing up Henry worked in the orange groves over the summers and graduated from East Marion High School in 1956 then entered the Air Force. During his 20 year military career Henry served in New Mexico, Washington DC, Florida, Taiwan, Hawaii, and Texas with temporary duty assignments in Vietnam. After retiring from the military he earned an Associates Degree at Central Florida Community College in 1979. Henry then had a 17-year administrative career with the Ocala Police Department.
Henry was a fifth-generation son of Marion County and contributed to the community over the years as the LWHS Band Booster President, President of the South Marion Democrats Club, Treasurer and Committee Chair for Weirsdale’s Boy Scout Troop 113 (Silver Beaver), member of the Ocklawaha chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), the American Legion Post 284, member of the Masonic Lodge 95 in Belleview, and a member of Weirsdale Presbyterian Church. Henry is survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Holly, sons David (Susan) and Michael (Claudia), sister Betty Ann Penuel, and seven grandchildren (Jacob, Megan, Stephen, Kevin, Austin, Nicholas, and Benjamin). Henry will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, loving, and generous man that positively impacted many, many lives. A Visitation will start at 9:30 am with the service starting at 11 am and a short lunch to follow all taking place at Weirsdale Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at 1:30 PM at Moss Bluff Cemetery. All services and burial will take place Saturday, April 15, 2017. Online condolences may be sent to www.baldwinbrothers.com.