Thomas Irvin Holman, Jr.

October 23, 1921 ~ August 6, 2020 (age 98)


Thomas Irvin Holman, Jr., Officer, Attorney, and CEO

Born October 23, 1921, Springfield TN to Thomas Irvin Holman and Bess McMurry Holman. Died August 6, 2020 in Danville, KY.

Springfield High School, class of 1939. Cumberland College, Lebanon, TN. University of Tennessee Law School, Knoxville, 1941-43. Served in the U.S. Army 1942-46 as a Military Policeman and Second Lieutenant. Assistant Adjutant and Personnel Officer, Manila, The Philippines, 1945-46.

LLB, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1947. Admitted to GA and TN Bar. Partner in Stephenson, Lackey, and Holman law firm, Nashville, TN. Faculty, YMCA Law School, Nashville, TN. President, First Federal Savings and Loan Association. CEO and Chairman of Board, Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan Association, Nashville, TN. President, Tennessee Savings and Loan League. Proofread all laws passed by the Tennessee State Legislature for 40 years, along with his wife Shelley Fitch Holman. Member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Danville, KY.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Irvin Holman, III, of Montgomery Village, MD; his daughters Mary Jean Holman, of Orlando, FL, and Shelley Holman Bigelow, of Danville, KY., five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. His beloved wife of 46 years, Shelley Fitch Holman, died in 2014.

Everyone who knew Tom Holman knew that his motto was “Be Determined.” Being determined enabled him to survive the Great Depression, World War II, several bouts with cancer, and other challenges. Being determined had also enabled him to be prosperous and successful in the military, the legal profession, and the Savings and Loan industry. He had an invaluable perspective, having lived during the administrations of 17 U.S. presidents. His intelligence and curiosity were notable throughout his life, and he never stopped learning, including tackling the iPad at age 98.

A private family service will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Family Services Association or Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. 

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