She was the daughter of the late John A. Sherfey and Lelia Watson Sherfey. She lived on the same farm in the Knob Creek community all her life. She was the “Historian of Knob Creek.” She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, faithful church servant, and respected community leader.
She married her high school sweetheart, George Holley in 1946. She was a full-time homemaker until 1968 when she became a rural letter carrier, retiring in 1993.
She was a charter member of the Boones Creek Historical Trust and its treasurer for many years. She served as co-chairman of the Washington County Historical Association. From them she was awarded the Samuel Cole Williams award for outstanding contributions to historical preservation. Her greatest preservation thrust was the construction of the Knob Creek Historical Museum, housing artifacts from her family and community from life in Knob Creek back to its settlement around 1790. She served as president of the Jonesborough Association of Genealogists and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2013. People called her from all over the United States seeking information on ancestors from this area. She belonged to First Families of Tennessee, harking back to James Range and Barbara Hanner. She also belonged to the Civil War families of Tennessee, harking back to her grandfather’s (David P. Sherfey) four- year service in the Union army. She belonged to the Watauga Railroad Historical Association, the Historical Alliance, and the Boones Creek FCE. She served a term on the Farm Bureau board.
She was a member of Knob Creek Church of the Brethren, where she had been song leader. She had previously taught Sunday School for 30 years at Snow Memorial Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Helen Sherfey Billings. Left to cherish her memory are her husband George Holley, daughter Deanna Carey of Gray, son David (Dorothy) Holley of Limestone; grandchildren Preston Holley (Christy) of Limestone, Crystal (Paul) Davidson of Bristol, Laurel (Brian) McManus of Johnson City, and Lacey Holley of Limestone, and great-grandchildren Rebecca, Elizabeth, Christine, Mary Catherine, and Samantha Holley, Millie Adkins, and Alexander McManus.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm with services to follow, led by Terry Ward and Jeff Stout. A private family graveside will be held at a later date. Pallbearers will be, L.D. Simmons, Keith, Preston Holley, Paul Davidson, Bob Davis, and Harold Hollifield. Honorary pallbearers will be, George Boy, Gene Bryant, and Ed Bowman.
Memories and Condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37601, (423) 610-7171 is honored to serve the Holley family. This obit was written by Mrs. Holley’s loving family.