Benton County


Prominent in the business circles of Holladay is John Randolph Holladay, who was born in Benton county on the 17th of October, 1878. His paternal grandfather was George Washington Holladay and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Randolph Mathews, both natives of this state. His parents were John Milton and Rachael Blanton (Mathews) Holladay, both of whom are deceased. His father, John M. Holladay, was born in Carroll county, Tennessee, August 22, 1840. He was of German and English descent. He remained with his parents till the commencement of the war and then enlisted in the Fifty-fifth Tennessee Confederate Infantry, at the organization of which he was elected third lieutenant and served till captured at Island No. 10. After remaining in prison at Johnson's Island for several months he was exchanged and when his regiment was reorganized at Jackson, Mississippi, he was elected second lieutenant, which command he held till the cessation of hostilities. On July 28, 1864, he lost his right arm at Atlanta, Georgia, but still retained his command. At the close of the war he returned to Carroll county, where he remained about two years. In 1866 he came to Benton county. He entered the mercantile business in 1867 and continued in that business for more than thirty years. During this time he held the offices of county court clerk and tax collector of Benton county. He was married October 13, 1869, to Rachael B. Mathews, a native of Benton county, to which union two sons and two daughters were born: Lena M., George B., Meta K., and John R. John M. Holladay died February 18, 1898. His wife, the mother of John R. Holladay, was born November 5, 1842, and was of Scotch-Irish descent. She died January 7, 1887. The subject of this sketch, John R. Holladay, was educated at the Holladay Independent Normal College, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science at the age of fourteen years. Ill health prevented a further continuance of his studies. Later he took a course in Draughon's Business College at Nashville.

After putting his textbooks aside he taught school for two years, at the termination of which time he entered the stave and lumber business with his brother, G. B. He was active in the conduct of that enterprise three years, but because of failing health he disposed of his interests and for a number of years has been a rural mail carrier. In this way he has been able to be out of doors and has recovered his health to a great degree. In 1910 Mr. Holladay assisted in the organization of the Bank of Holladay, of which institution he was elected president. He has since held this important office and his innate executive ability has proved a dominant factor in the success of the bank, which is one of the most reliable institutions in Benton county. In Benton county, on the 6th of October, 1907, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Holladay to Miss Mary Lee Tucker, a daughter of McAllison and Louise (King) Tucker, natives of Tennessee. Upon the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Tucker enlisted in the Confederate army and was captured at the battle of Franklin in 1864. He was sent to Johnson's Island, where he remained until the close of the war. He is living, at the age of eighty-three years. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Holladay three children have been born: Meta Lee, John Randolph, Jr., and Will.

Politically John Randolph Holladay gives his allegiance to the democratic party, having firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Church of Christ. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World, and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he is a Master Mason. Mr. Holladay has contributed much to the growth and development of Holladay and his friends are legion.

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 3