Ralph K. Hollowell Jr.

Published 6:18 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 25, 2012

Ralph K. Hollowell Jr., 79, of Suffolk, Va., passed away June 25, 2012. He was born in Tyner, N.C., to the late Ralph K. and Cora Peele Hollowell Sr. Ralph served in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant in the Strategic Air Command. He retired as the vice president of the Bank of Suffolk. Ralph was a member of First Baptist Church of Suffolk and the men’s Bible class. He was a former member of the Cypress Ruritan Club, Lion’s Club, TPA, and the Suffolk Golf Association. Ralph was an avid golfer during his early years, until his health declined.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 57 years, Catherine Brinkley Hollowell; daughter, Karen Hollowell Gaduyon, of Sunbury, N.C.; grandson, Noah Gaduyon; brother, Stuart Hollowell and wife, Velma, of Panama City, Fla.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Lassiter and husband, James, of Florence, S.C.; brother-in-law, F.J. Brinkley Jr. and wife, Betty; several nieces, nephews and close cousins.

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The family would like to thank the staff at Sentara Obici Hospital as well as the staff at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation for their kindness shown during Ralph’s illness.

A funeral service with military honors will be held Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk, VA 23434, with the Rev. Charles W. Thompson and Dr. Thurman Hayes Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 237 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434, or the American Cancer Society, Suffolk chapter, 604 Constance Woods Drive, Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.