NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With great sadness to the family but also the joy of Salvation, Sara Russell Holleman went home to be with the Lord on September 12, 2013. Sara’s smile and unbounding love for her family and the Lord will always be remembered.
She was preceded in death by her father, John G. Russell, and by her sister, Mary Rose Russell Dunn.
She is survived by her husband, Wallace Key Holleman; her mother of age 97, Sara D. Russell; her children, Allison Holleman Hancock (Bryan), George Russell Holleman, and Wallace Key Holleman Jr. (Anne); and six beautiful grandchildren, Russell, Catherine, Jenna, and Holly Hancock, and Hannah and William Holleman.
Born in Paducah, Ky., she was a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and an Ole Miss Rebel, whom she cheered for at every opportunity for her lifetime. She married Wallace in 1964 and embarked on a life that became about family and adventures and unselfish efforts for the well-being of those around her. Her life was her family — a dedicated husband, three children and six grandchildren. She loved them all dearly. Sara also loved music. She held a music degree and played piano and violin as long as she could, loving it for the joy of it and for the value of putting her talents to work for the enjoyment of others.
She also loved her church, Immanuel Baptist, and the many dear friends and caring folks that shared their love. Sara and Wallace were two months into their 50th year of marriage together.
Sara was a “southern lady” to the fullest. She held high morals, laughed whether there was a reason or not, valued class, style, and high expectations, put faith and family above all, and always had an encouraging word for those near. All of her children and loved ones hold dear the special hand-written notes from along the way that encouraged and reminded them of Sara’s support and of God’s power and love.
Pallbearers were Beryl Vick Jr., Walt Conn, Forest Moorehead, Jim Auer, Dr. Harry Brigance and Godwin Harrison. Honorary pallbearers were Sara’s six dear grandchildren. A visitation was held from 2 until 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 15th of September, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd.
A funeral service was held at Immanuel at 11 o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 16th of September, 2013. The burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry or the organization of one’s choosing.