Richard Holley

richard holley
Richard Rick R. Holley Rick Holley of Lawrenceville, Georgia, formerly of Anniston, Alabama, died on October 18, 2013, after a courageous six-year battle with ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease. He is survived by his wife Suree, stepsons Victor and Mark Preston, his brothers Ron and Mike, and his caregiver Bud Petry. Rick was born in Anniston on July 18, 1961. He was active in Boy Scouts, and became an Eagle Scout at Troop 8 at Parker Memorial Baptist Church. He made a trip to Philmont to the National Scout Jamboree with other members of the troop, as well as many other camporees across the southeast. He played football at Anniston High School, and enjoyed inflicting bone-jarring hits to much larger opponents. He graduated from Anniston High School in 1980 and later received a degree in electronics. He was in business with his brother Ron from 1994 until his death, performing hundreds of projects in lead and asbestos abatement. In his free time, he was an avid softball jock, playing for several teams at once. He also took in many Atlanta Braves games, and became a regular along the first base line with many friends among the Braves' staff. Rick was also an Auburn football fan, enjoying tailgating with his buddies during the National Championship Season. When not attending games, his TV was usually tuned in to a ballgame or a race. Rick made trips to Thailand with his wife and family, and loved the adventure of different cultures. He also loved his '82 Mustang, restored and dangerously fast. Rick lived his life to the fullest. His courage and positive outlook on life during the six years he fought ALS was an inspiration to everyone he met. He was well-loved by his family and many friends. A memorial service will be held on November 2, 2013, at 3:00 PM at Wages & Sons Funeral Home. In accordance with his wishes, a remembrance party will immediately follow the memorial service at Dave & Buster's. In lieu of flowers, Rick requested that people donate their time to help a neighbor or assist the underprivileged in some way.

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  1. Rick Holley there wasn’t much we didn’t do together over the last 3 years. I will cherish all of the great memories we made. You are the most courageous man I’ve ever met. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, humor, love and kindness with us all. I will forever love you my friend.

  2. Rick Holley there wasn’t much we didn’t do together over the last 3 years. I will cherish all of the great memories we made. You are the most courageous man I’ve ever met. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, humor, love and kindness with us all. I will forever love you my friend.

  3. To Rick’s immediate and extended family: You have our deepest sympathies. Rick was one of the funniest, most energetic, and thoughtful people I’ve known. I witnessed a superior, positive, and infectious attitude in everything I saw him do or say. Thank you, Rick. You will not be forgotten.

  4. I am very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I went to high school and grew up in the same church with Rick. But my fondest memories I have are all the good times around our college years at parties, playing Sunday afternoon football and going to Bobby’s beach house. That is where he busted my nose in some good ole rough housing in which I got a trip to the emergency room & 4 stitches.
    God Bless Rick & his family.
    Rusty Whitlow

  5. Rick,
    Thank you for all the love, kindness, and wisdom you shared with my family. You will be missed by many but forgotten by none!

  6. Peace, love and prayers to the family. Rick was a good friend to me in Anniston, and thinking about those days always brings a smile and chuckle for the good times we shared.

  7. Rick- I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I heard lots of great stuff about you. My boys enjoyed the time they got to spend with you. You will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s family and friends.

  8. I met Rick Holley through my good friend Chuck Shaw, I am very glad and lucky I was able to meet Rick. The times I did see him he would always put a wide smile on my face. I really enjoyed being in his company. Even though he was suffering he made everyone around him feel so welcome and loved. Being around Rick I always felt a warm feeling of just all around goodness, you could tell and feel that he had a gifted soul. He was one of those few people you meet in life that leave a mark that you never forget.
    I will miss Rick very much, but I am glad he isn’t in any more pain and now he can spend his days watching over us and laughing at all the silly things we do – as he always did find laughter in everything.
    God Bless Rick Holley and his family.
    Rick you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. I met Rick while I was working for an environmental consulting company and we needed his help in lead based paint testing. While my career changed I remained close to Rick and was able to continue a friend and working relationship. We had so much fun on trips and playing golf. When I needed a good laugh he knew I would call him. I will always have wonderful memories. Thanks Rick

  10. I have so many fond and wonderful memories of Rick. The times we had on Youth Retreats will probably stand out most. He was always so much fun on our long bus rides. His sense of humor and laughter were so contagious and I cannot imagine what the week would have been like had he not been a part of it. He was an amazing inspiration over the past 5 years and I feel very fortunate to have known him. He will be truly missed. I know the Angels have accepted an extraordinary person into their loving arms and I pray knowing that will be a huge comfort.

  11. Rick Holley was my brother, my friend, and my boss! He truly was an amazing person. His love of playing sports was quite true.You knew when you got hit my Rick, he played the game to the fullest.Having sat through one pitch softball at twenty below was a test of fate. But I did it and enjoyed every minute with him. He will greatly be missed and I loved him dearly. Joey Burn

  12. Didn’t know Rick personally but learned a lot about him from one of his employes Joey Burns who is distraught over Ricks death. I learned that Rick worked every day using a specially designed computer and ran his business. Most of us would have just gave up and waited on death but this guy didn’t give up and I feel the world has lost a giant of a man. Rest in peace my friend you earned it.

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