Dr. Rhodes Burns Holliman, age 86 of Dublin, Va., died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his home in Dublin. He was born on Feb. 28, 1928 in Birmingham, Ala., and was the son of the late Cecil Rhodes Holliman, Esq. and Ruby Eugenia Burns. He attended primary and secondary schools in Birmingham, Ala. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and qualified for an A.B. degree in Clinical Psychology at Samford University, Birmingham. He was a graduate of the University of Miami with a Master’s of Science degree in Parasitology, and after Army service, obtained a Ph.D. degree in Medical Microbiology from Florida State University. In recognition of his research in tropical medicine at Virginia Tech, he was awarded a fellowship in medicine by N.I.H. to pursue his medical education in South and Central America and was elected as a Fellow in tropical medicine by the faculty of the L.S.U. School of Medicine. He returned to Guatemala on occasions to provide health care to Mayan Indians. This work was interrupted by terrorist activities. He retired from Virginia Tech as a Professor Emeritus of Biology in 1991 with 29 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Biological Scientist in research, development and testing of chemical, biological and radiological weapons at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, during the Korean War. He was a Deacon Emeritus of the First Christian Church in Pulaski, Va., and member at large of the American Legion. His faith in Jesus Christ was enhanced by his love of religious music. He sang in various church choirs for over 70 years. He was a member of the American Men of Science, American Society of Tropical medicine and Hygiene, Who’s Who in the United States, Outstanding Educators of America and others. He received the Omicron Delta Kappa Award, Phi Sigma Award for Research, and many others. His vocational interests led him into paleo-osteopathology where he worked on a number of archeological sites in the United States and Canada, identifying human skeletal diseases. In retirement, he became the repository of family history, manuscripts and photos. He proved a 14-generation patriarchy of his surname from 1572. His ancestors were among the first Virginians (Jamestown 1650), four fought in the Revolutionary War, one in the War of 1812, and 77 for the Confederacy.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Phyllis Anne Jackson Holliman of their home. He was the father of two sons, Dr. Cecil James Holliman, M.D. of Hershey, Pa.; was predeceased by his second son, Dr. Daniel Rhodes Holliman, M.D., from Blacksburg, Va., and preceded by his sister, Cecile Youngblood from Alabaster, Ala. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Monica Eller Banks and her husband, Robert, of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Jackson and his wife, Janet, of Pulaski, Va., and Bobby Jackson and his wife, Martha; a daughter-in-law, Clara Fugate of Radford; four grandchildren, Mark Holliman and his wife, Gila, of Edinburgh, Scotland, Jennifer Holliman, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Will Holliman of Radford, Va., Maggie Holliman of Roanoke, Va.; step-grandson, Christopher Banks of Charlotte, N.C., along with a great great-granddaughter, Maya Holliman, of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Winn, and the Rev. Dr. John Dunstan, Interim Pastor of First Christian Church (DOC), Pulaski, Va., officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held Monday, May 12 at noon at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, Va. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, make memorial contributions to the St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Memphis, Tenn.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.