The Star Herald
I have fond memories of Dr. Gary Holdiness. He was a giant of a man; loved his family, country, his heavenly Father and the people he served.
Dr. Gary was not a typical doctor. He was bubbling over with personality. He did not wear the typical suit and tie that doctors usually do.
I had a great friend that passed away some time ago and was well known to diagnose his own ills. He would tell me that he had an appointment with Dr. Gary and he would spend several days doing research on the computer on his problem at the time and he and Dr. Gary would sit and digest the information; he brought.
I can see the smile on Dr. Holdiness’ face as they exchanged ideas.
Now Dr. Holdiness loved his community and he loved the Natchez Trace Fiddlers Convention and Contest. I am very proud that I was able to work with him and seek his advice along with his wife Donna. He also was an amateur radio operator and he and Johnny Boswell loved their bikes.
Now let me close with this. I was at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital several years ago visiting a patient. As I came down the elevator, there was Dr. Holdiness sitting at the desk with his nursing staff, as all doctors do. He was reviewing their patient cases and giving instructions for the day. I recall the pictures of all the doctors on the wall across from him and asked him if the top one was him.
He laughed and said, “Yes!” I asked him if he had his staff working. He then laughed and said, “I do. When I jump, they jump.”
He then bounced up and down in his chair. And, low and behold, the staff followed suit and jumped up and down in their chairs.
Everyone was laughing and Dr. Holdiness watched me as I walked down the hall with that great smile on his face.
Thank you, Dr. Holdiness and may God bless.
Eugene B.Hill, Jr.