James “Doc” Holiday, 93, of Harrodsburg, husband of Mary Alice Carey Holiday for 69 years, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville surrounded by his family.
Born Oct. 26, 1919 in Washington County, he was the son of the late Hansford and Ada Masters Holiday. He was a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church. He was the proprietor of many establishments that served the public in the auto and hospitality industries, most notable Harrodsburg’s Bluegrass Motors and Pioneer Restaurant, which once served Elvis Presley, and the Fuzzy Peach Nightclub in Washington County. He was a skilled car dealer, bus driver, pilot, musician, an avid motorcyclist and an aficionado of fine food, drink, bluegrass music and cheer, and he never met a person he didn’t like.
He is survived by four sons: Jimmy (Frances) Holiday, Dennis (Shannon) Holiday, Jerry Holiday and Billy (Barbara Robinson) Holiday, all of Harrodsburg; six grandchildren, John William (Donna) Holiday of Harrodsburg, Laila (Brian Stine) Holiday of Willisburg; Crystal Nicole Holiday of Shelbyville, Charles Brandon Holiday of Lexington, Thomas Scott (Christine) Holiday of Lawrenceburg and James Tyson Holiday of Harrodsburg; six great-grandchildren, Benjamin Wilson Holiday of Louisville, William Harlan Holiday of Harrodsburg, Carey Layne Elliott, Caleb Lee Elliott and Olivia Reagan Stine, all of Willisburg, Charles Gavin Holiday and Kyler Zane Combs, both of Lexington and Ella Mavourneen Sallee of Jackson, Tenn. and Karlee Teegan Holiday of Lawrenceburg; six step grandchildren and eight step great-grand children; surviving cousins Jim and Joyce Powell of Mackville, Sue and Jack Pearson of Harrodsburg and Joyce Keuhr of Louisville.