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Holloman, Ray

Ray Holloman was born in Johnston County on April 30, 1934 to the late Zadock and Lanie Holloman and grew up on the family farm near Pine Level. Ray attended school in Pine Level and began learning about farming at a very young age when mules were used before tractors.

Ray loved the land. He often spoke of how he remembered his Dad’s first tractor, a Farmall Cub, and how his Dad would plow with it while he had to continue to plow with the mule.

In 1952, Ray wed Betty Louise Mozingo on July 2. They began their simple life together welcoming four wonderful children along the way. Ray harvested tobacco, corn, soy beans, and cotton farming his land and leasing other farm land in the Pine Level community. Ray was well known for keeping his John Deere tractors in top condition and sheltered often getting asked by visiting John Deere employees if he would sell his tractors back to John Deere. Ray was a hard worker and proud to be a “good farmer”. Farming was his passion but during the off season he enjoyed working in bridge construction and carpentry work.

Ray retired in 1997 and enjoyed many years that included nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He spent many hours visiting the sick and shut ins and helping others. He was simply a friend to all and a true southern gentleman. He often shared with people that he did not have much education. However, the lessons Ray taught his family could not be found in books. They were lessons of life that included living a life pleasing to God, cherishing and loving his family, and treating others with kindness and respect.

Ray passed away at his home on November 7, 2019.

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