Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered State flags displayed at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and at all State facilities throughout Fayette County be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk Friday, April 25, 2014, the day of memorial services for former Senator Robert K. "Bob" Holliday, who passed away February 28, 2014.
A graduate of the West Virginia Institute of Technology and Marshall College, Holliday was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates as a representative of Fayette County in 1962, 1964, and 1966. During his tenure, he served on the Committees on Mental Health and Penal Institutions.
Holliday was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1968, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 as a representative of the Eleventh District. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Committees on Labor, Education, Interstate Cooperation, and Health and Human Resources. Holliday was successful in his efforts toward enacting legislation abolishing capital punishment in the state and creating the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University in Huntington.
Holliday was the long-time publisher of The Fayette Tribune, The Montgomery Herald, and The Meadow River Post newspapers. He was widely recognized and received many awards for his contributions to the community, civic affairs, and the citizens of West Virginia.
Bob Holliday is survived by his wife, Deborah Ann (Bragg) Holliday; his son, Kelvin Holliday (Betty); his son, Stephen Holliday (Kelly); his son, Robert Holliday (Molly); his son, Brandon Holliday; his daughter, Kathy Eddy; his daughter, Tracey Thompson (Jeremy); his son, Jeff Nichols; eleven grandchildren; his brother, Larry Holliday (Faye); and extended family and friends; and was preceded in death by his father, J. Kelvin Holliday, and his mother, Kathleen Harris Holliday.
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