Peter Osborne Holliday, Jr., DDS.
July 9, 1921 - January 20, 2007
PETER OSBORNE HOLLIDAY, JR.
July 9, 1921 – January 20, 2007
HIGH STREET CHURCH
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
11 o’clock a.m.
Rev. Rhett D. Baird, Officiating Minister
LeNelle Boyd, Pianist
Rev. E. Arlen Goff, Song Leader
PETER OSBORNE HOLLIDAY, JR.
July 19, 1921 – January 20, 2007
PRELUDE - Bach's #1 in C Major
SOUNDING OF THE CHIME
OPENING WORDS Rev. Rhett D. Baird
A COMMUNAL SPEAKING OF THE 23RD PSALM
Need One Another # 468
Recorded Music - "Deep Peace" by the
High Street UU Church Choir
REFLECTION BY THE MINISTER - EULOGY
AN INVITATION TO A BRIEF SHARING OF MEMORIES (facilitated by Rev. Baird)
READING Crossing the Bar – Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Spirit of Life”
Spirit of life, come unto me,
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of life, come to me, come to me.
The Lord’s Prayer
I come to the garden alone,
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AT THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR
DR. PETER OSBORNE HOLLIDAY, JR.
HIGH STREET CHURCH
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2007
Rev. Rhett D. Baird
SOUNDING OF THE CHIMES
OPENING WORDS BY THE MINISTER
As the minister of this church, I welcome you to this place, this time, this gathering – to honor and celebrate the life of DR. PETER OSBORNE HOLLIDAY, JR.
On behalf of his family who are gathered here, we thank each of you who has chosen to be here at this hour to honor DR. HOLLIDAY.
And on behalf of the friends who have come to honor him and to be with the family at this time, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to his family.
To gather in honor of the completion of a life is one of the most important rituals in which humans can participate.
We gather to grieve, to mourn, to remember, to celebrate, to give thanks, to be with his family.
We gather to give thanks for life and to be filled with gladness that we have the capacity to store cherished memories….and to revisit those memories anytime we wish.
We gather to be reminded again of the fragility of all life…to allow ourselves to be embraced in the sacredness and holiness of this special time together.
To know deeply that we humans need each other as we walk our journey from birth to death…we need each other in times of joy and in times of sadness…in times of weakness and in times of strength.
It is comforting to us as humans to know again and again that we are part of something larger than ourselves…that each of us is an important and critical link in the procession of generations…a procession that has been going on longer than our minds can imagine and will continue into the future beyond our ability to create pictures in our minds.
Each person here is connected to this gentle man by genes or choice or chance. Every person here will carry their own special and cherished memories. Later in the service, I will honor the presence of those memories by providing a very brief one-minute opportunity for perhaps no more than a half dozen gifts of a special memory – a gift given with love and care to this family – perhaps even from some who knew him as a young man.
A COMMUNAL SPEAKING OF THE 23rd PSALM
I invite you to join me and each other in a communal speaking of the 23rd Psalm. I have chosen the the King James Version since that is probably the more well known ). As we speak these words together, I invite you to reflect upon the likelihood that many of your parents, grandparents and generations hundreds of years back spoke these words as they sought support and spiritual sustenance. And may we know again, that these words, or words similar in translation and intent, have been spoken for over two thousand years as part of the Jewish scripture and later valued highly by Christianity and others all over the world.
PLEASE JOIN ME NOW:
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT.
HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES;
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS.
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL;
HE LEADETH ME IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE.
YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
I WILL FEAR NO EVIL;
FOR THOU ART WITH ME;
THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME.
THOU PREPAREST A TABLE BEFORE ME
IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES;
THOU ANOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL;
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME
ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE;
AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER.
HYMN: “ IN THE GARDEN” ( WORDS ON THE BACK OF THE ORDER OF SERVICE)
RESPONSIVE READING: “ We need one another” # 468 in our hymnal
We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.
We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.
We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation, and need to be recalled to our best selves again.
We need one another when we would accomplish some great purpose, and cannot do it alone.
We need one another in the hour of success, when we look for
someone to share our triumphs.
We need one another in the hour of defeat, when with encouragement we might endure, and stand again.
We need one another when we come to die, and would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey.
All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.
REFLECTION BY THE MINISTER
When Dr. Holliday welcomed me into his home, I knew I was in the presence of a gentle and wise man. When he took me on a tour of what was important to him, I knew that he was aware that he was a part of nature. When we talked, it was a joy to be in his presence. And I could feel that he wanted me to know that he was in my presence. And I felt affirmed as a person.
I am honored to share with you information gathered from the family for you to hear and learn and know.
Dr. Holliday, also known to many as Dr. “Pete,” loved to learn. He also loved books. He had a large library, with an extensive collection of special editions of the classics that he ordered over the years. He read them All. As the son of an attorney from Washington, GA—who literally “pulled himself up from his bootstraps” to attend college; later becoming a Juvenile Court Judge in Macon—Pete was not afforded the luxury of an Ivey League education, and greatly admired his friends who were so privileged.
He graduated from North Georgia College (which was a junior college at that time), and then came to Mercer University, where he roomed with Ferrol Sams, the distinguished author of “The Whisper of the River,” and other works. (The lead character in that book is named “Porter Osborne,” after Pete.)
He received his DDS from Emory University in 1945, and joined the Navy, where he served for a couple of years in China. He returned home and began practicing Dentistry in Macon in 1947. He then married his beloved wife, Mary—57 years ago.
He wished for more formal education, however, and continued to read and study all he could, including innovations in the sciences. Dr. Pete’s life was greatly informed by such men as Albert Einstein—particularly his “Essays on Humanism”—Cooper’s work in Aerobics; Adelle Davis’ “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit;” the magazine, “Scientific American;” and the writings of Linus Pauling, whom he called, “one of the greatest scientists America ever produced.”
Dr. Pete also carried his love of learning over to his chosen field—Dentistry. Until just a few years ago, he regularly attended Continuing Education courses of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the Hinman Dental Society, in order to be certain that he was proficient in the most current Dental Procedures available for his patients.
More than money or anything else, Dr. Pete wanted to leave his children with a legacy of education. He worked hard to insure that they all went to good colleges—as indeed they did. Peter III became a Neuro-Surgeon; Lucy, a Dental Hygienist; Lindsay, a Dentist; and Mary, a para-professional at Vanderbilt University, where her husband, Ben, is a Cardiologist.
Although the circumstances of his death were Very tragic, the legacy of Dr. Pete’s and Mary’s life is present—8 of their 9 grandchildren are here with us in this space today. (Their granddaughter, Dorothy, is in Malawi, Africa, teaching school, and could not be with us. However, their granddaughter, Jane, Is here; and is expecting their first Great Grandchild in May.) Their grandchildren are the living legacy of Dr. Pete and Mary-- vibrant, intelligent, and full of life! If you have seen the website tributes at HollidayDental.com, you will have noticed that Dr. Pete was primarily noted as kind, sweet, intelligent, compassionate, studious, deliberate, and a Gentle-man; and these traits live on in the generations which follow him.
HEAR NOW A SPECIAL READING SELECTED BY THE FAMILY - THE LAST THREE VERSES OF “A PSALM OF LIFE” BY HENRY WADWORTH LONGFELLOW
“Lives of great men all remind us
SPECIAL MUSIC “Amazing Grace” Alison Johnson
AN INVITATION TO A BRIEF SHARING OF MEMORIES ( FACILITATED BY Rev. Baird)
For a few moments at this point in the service, I would like to call forth a communal ritual of honoring Dr. Holliday, a kind of celebration of our capacity to store and cherish and share precious memories. If you would like to share with this family and this gathered community a very brief not more than one minute gift of a personal memory of your tie or connection with Dr. Holliday that you will carry all your days, you are welcome to come forward and line up to my left.
As you complete your one minute gift for this family, you are invited to exit this area and quietly return to your seat.
( CLOSE THIS SECTION WITH THESE WORDS )
“ we give thanks for our memory, our capacity to recall cherished memories and to revisit those memories anytime we wish.”
A READING – SELECTED BY THE FAMILY –
Sunset and evening star,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Twilight and evening bell,
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
A CLOSING REFLECTION
We are all very much a part of every person with whom we come in contact throughout our lives. In this very real sense, Dr. Holliday will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew him and loved him for many generations to come.
Life is not fair. We do not know the numbering of our days. We do know that birth and death are the two most profound and mysterious and sacred acts. We have no choice but to accept them both and do our best to learn to dance in the space between our birth and our death.
May we always find ways to say ‘yes’ to life and be filled with thanksgiving for the blessing of every new day. May we learn and act upon new ways of being kind to each other, honorable and just and loving in all our relationships.
May we know again that love lives eternal and that the cherished memories of Dr. Holliday will be carried forward into the days ahead by every person here today whose life is bound to his by love and affection.
HYMN Spirit of Life # 123
THE LORD’S PRAYER
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
THE SERVICE IS ENDED
minister, casket and family exit – followed by congregation
followed by processional to graveside at Riverside Cemetery
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