Phyllis Smalling Holloway, 77, of Chuckey, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011 in the Durham-Hensley Nursing Home in Chuckey.She was a native of Piney Flats and a daughter of the late Alexander Rankin and Mary Mingea Smalling. She was also preceded in death by one brother, John D. Smalling and one sister, Jane S. Crussell. Mrs. Holloway was of the Presbyterian faith. She had taught in the Sullivan County School System for 25 years. Mrs. Holloway received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Tennessee State University Survivors include; her former husband, Fred C. Holloway of Johnson City; one son, Douglas Fred Holloway and his wife, Paula of Johnson City; one daughter, Carol Holloway Gentry and her husband Scott of Johnson City; one sister, Anne Frazier of Piney Flats; one sister in law, Elsie Smalling of Maryville; three grandchildren Elizabeth Bryant Gentry and John Brayden Gentry both of Johnson City and Meredith Anne Gentry; 2 step Grandchildren, Bradley Gothard of Kingsport and Caitlin Gothard of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews.Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in New Bethel Cemetery in Piney Flats. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to, New Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cemetery Fund, 592 New Bethel Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Online condolences may be sent to the family via Arrangements are by Morris Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City. 423-282-1521.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Carol, I was so sorry to read about Phyllis this morning. It had been a long time since I had seen her. It’s hard losing a mother. You are in my prayers. She wil be missed. Love, Betty

  2. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear that Phyllis has passed. Her and Mom (Carol Archer)were good friends and I remember going to her house as a kid. She was always a hoot, and I always hoped to see her again before she passed. Sadly, I live in Atlanta and seeing anyone from my childhood is not that easy. RIP Phyllis, the Archer kids always loved you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Carol and Scott: I was out of town with Alison and my granddaughters when I heard of your mom’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. I always had a special place in my heart for her and my prayers are with her and you all. I am sure she is now resting in peace. Love Kathy, Jason and Family

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Holloway changed so many lives being one of the best teachers Central High School had. Fortunately, I was one of those. I can only hope she realized how many kids’ lives were altered for the better… She’ll always have a special place in my heart. <3 Thank you, Mrs. Holloway for giving so unselfishly of yourself.

  5. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I have special memories of her and have never forgotten what a wonderful teacher she was many years ago at Blountville High School. We kept in touch periodically through the years but I hadn’t seen her in quite a while. She meant a great deal to both Tom and me as we finished college and continued our friendship on a more adult level. May you find comfort in knowing how special she was to so many of her students and how much she contributed to our education. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. She will be missed. May God bless you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Holloway. I was in the first graduating class of Central High School 1969, and attended Blountville High the 3 years before that. I really enjoyed having Mrs. Holloway as a teacher and have told many, many people over the years that she was one of my best teacher’s ever. Teacher’s back then made sure that you learned everything you could before you left their class. Mrs. Holloway was definitely one of those.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Phyllis was a good, caring person with a big heart and always very gracious. We will miss her and extend to you family members our sincere sympathy for the loss. God’s richest blessings on each of you. Ambers Wilson

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother,I had her as by English teacher at Blountville. I always thought of her as a great teacher and she always spoke of her children I graduated in the class of 1966. I was Becky Legg and if I am correct my late husband had your children in school . Coach Barnes (Liberty Bell)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dear Carol and family, I wish to express my sympathy at the loss of your mother. As you know, Phyllis and I were teaching together briefly at Science Hill. Since I was new to the community, I remember how she welcomed me to the community and helped me to adjust to Johnson City. She was a very giving and generous person. Later, we stayed in contact when she was ill, and Ann and I made the trip to Chuckey, where she seemed to be content in her last years. May you and your family share fond memories of the good times you had together. Sincerely, Doris Wyatt

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