Dr. Clayton Glenn Holloway, 74, of Wilkesboro passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Rose Glen Village. He was born Sept. 2, 1945, in Wilkes County to Ira Glenn and Ethel McCurdy Holloway.
He attended Lincoln Heights High School (class of 1963) and graduated from NC A&T State University in Greensboro, with bachelor of science and master of arts degrees. He continued his education at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he received his PhD in English in 1975. After receiving post-doctoral teaching fellowships via Fulbright (Department of Education) and the Lilly Foundation, Dr. Holloway began his professional teaching career as a counselor and instructor at NC A&T State University in Greensboro (until 1969) and Iowa State University (until 1972). He then obtained an assistant professorship in English at Appalachian State University and joined Hampton University in 1976 as an associate professor. By the time he retired from Hampton University, Dr. Holloway was an Old Dominion Distinguished Professor of Humanity and had served as a university trustee, a reviewer of proposals for the National Endowment for Capital Humanities and an elector for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities.
Dr. Holloway was an avid reader and prolific writer and often shared his pieces with friends and family. He was a member of the Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, College Language Association, Mid-Atlantic Writers Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
His additional interests included walking, reviewing films, traveling and refinishing antiques. He loved spending time with his family and would often leave without notice because he did not like formal goodbyes.
Dr. Holloway was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Billy and Robert Holloway; a sister, Sylvia Holloway; and a half-sister, Myrtle Gore.
Surviving are his only daughter, Lynn Holloway of Hampton, Va.; his brothers, Thomas Holloway of Greensboro and Walter “Clyde” Holloway of Winston-Salem; his sisters, Lois Saner of Boomer and Betty Carlton and spouse, Julius Carlton, of Moravian Falls; and a host of nieces, nephews and greats.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Miller Funeral Chapel. A private burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ira and Ethel Holloway Scholarship Trust fund.
Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.millerfuneralservice.com.