Peter Osborne Holliday, Jr., DDS.
 July 9, 1921 - January 20, 2007

The Universe
My fondest memories of G-daddy were gazing at the stars together
while he taught me astronomical things, walking down the paths at his
house, washing his car, and learning how to drive from him...

- Mary Lindsay Collins (granddaughter)
L->R:  Peter Osborne Holliday, IV, III, and  Jr. with cousin Jack Bentley behind; at funeral of Jackson Riley Holliday
 Visitation at Hart's on Tuesday evening was planned for 6:00 until 8:00, but visitors stood in line until 10pm. 1-23-07
 Funeral was on Wednesday at 11:00am at High Street UU Church.  1-24-07

Memorial  - Tributes
My mother and I wanted to convey our sympathy to you
and your family on the loss of your father. 
You are in our thoughts.

Lee & Jane MacWilliams

Saddened to learn of your Father's
death, how fond my whole family
has always been of Dr. Pete!! Will
miss him as I know you all will.

You and yours are in our prayers -
Jean Stafford
I read this in the paper this morning, and it broke my heart. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Much love,
Jeannie Webb Hodges
Love and Prayers to you all.
Katherine & David Kalish
Dr. Pete was my dentist for 40 years. He was kind and considerate of his patients, always concerned for their welfare. His quiet manner calmed many nerves reclining in his chair.
When I returned to Macon as an adult I asked around "What dentist do you recommend?" One hundred percent
of the replies were  " Dr. Pete Holliday" and so our association began.
He would frequently ride his bicycle past my house and would stop for a minute or two to say hello and how are you. I appreciated that friendliness from a busy man out for relaxation.
I shall miss him as will this community 
My thoughts and prayers are extened to Mary, the children and grandchildren.
Tena Roberts
We are so sorry for the loss of your father.  I was devasted when I read your email this morning.  Brad's grandfather lived off of Forest Hill on Hill Place. If we can do anything for you or your family, please let us know.  You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. 
                         Take care,
                                 Brad and Jennifer Roberson
I am so very sorry to hear about this terrible accident.  I have the utmost respect for you and your family and grieve for you and with you because of this loss.  I have looked at the tribute you posted and especially loved the 1949 wedding picture along with the family picture at the end. 
I'm sure his patients did love him (as yours love you) and he will be sorely missed.
With sincere sympathy,
Mary Ann Richardson
Why did I suddenly think about your Dad Sat. Jan 20?
Your Dad was special to me, as you know. He was so kind and welcoming to me each time I saw him. When I was new to CDDS meetings, he was a safe fatherly figure to me.
He once stopped by my office after shopping at Ace Hardware, just to say "hello" to me. Such a random act of kindness meant a lot to me. It made me feel special to him.
Perhaps he thought he had some influence on my decision to go to dental school, after having worked under him as a hygienist. If so, he was right.
He was a perfect example of a kind gentle-man.
This is so sad, I just want to cry and cry.
Sheila Shah, DMD

Lindsay and Marie, all my love goes to you, Faira and your family, for the unspeakably tragic loss of your dear father and father-in-law.  More than words can say, I feel the tremendous pain you are suffering.  I wish I had known your Dad, to whom this community owes so much and whose passing at any age is untimely.  Your Dad raised and guided your family to embody the essence of what we all need to live for:  each other, being there for real people and not just ideals.  Your Dad leaves a legacy as the head of a very special family who warms and enriches the lives of countless persons, young and old, throughout the decades.  His influence lives on by his example and he will never be forgotten. 

I hope to embrace you very soon.

My deepest condolences,

Gigi  Cabell

I am so sorry... am at a loss for words. I was out of town and this is the first i heard of it. Please know ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers and PLEASE let me know if there is anything that i can do for you or your family.
Vic Jones

Dr. Holliday,
We are very sorry to hear about your dad.
May God Bless,
Johnny and Linda Mullis

 Sorry to read about Your Dad's death. Please know if there is anything I can do to help let me know.

 David Corr
Dear Lindsay and Family,
We were devastated to learn of your father's death last night.  All of us are so very sorry for your, as well as the greater community's, loss of this dear, dear man.
As our family dentist and friend these many years, we all held "Pete," as our daddy called him, in the highest esteem.  We know your mama is heartbroken and pray that God's loving grace will help her through this.
We only hope that this tragedy will open the community's eyes as to the critical importance of keeping neighborhood streets safer, instead of turning them into worse speedways than they already are. 
With love and heartfelt sympathy,
Ruth Birch Sykes and the Ellis Birch family
I am so deeply sorry to hear this news. I am in shock. Your father was such a good man and I am deeply troubled that this has happened to him and your famiy. This is such a tragedy. I am in South Dakota and leave the country on Tuesday for the Netherlands, will return at the end of the month. I am sorry I am not home to offer help to your family in some way during this terrible tragedy. Oh Lindsay, I am so deeply sorry. This incident is so troubling. I liked your father so much. You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers during this time.
Leslie Sparrow
We were very saddened at the news of Dr. Holliday's death.  Steve has been a patient of both Dr. Hollidays for the past 40 years. We are residents of 647 Forest Hill Rd. and hope this will cause the "powers that be"  to think twice about widening this road. Our deepest sympathy is with the entire Holliday family at this sad and tragic time.  You are in our prayers and may God be with you and give you peace.
Steve and Sheriel Veader
647 Forest Hill Rd.
Macon,Ga. 31210

Dr. Holliday has been my dentist since around 1968 and Bill started going to him probably the late ‘50s or early ‘60s.


I have commented many times that I wished I had a medical doctor that I had as much confidence in as my dentist.  In all the years that I saw him, if he said something needed to be done, I did not question him.


Dr. Holliday was always so formal and for years he would say, ‘Mrs. Moon, how are you doing today’?  One day I was in the chair and he came in and said ‘Sue, how are you doing today’?  I cannot tell you how surprised I was.  From then on he called me Sue. 


Such a gentle man.  I am so sorry for your loss.  He will be greatly missed.


Sue Moon

To Lindsay, Peter, Mary and Lucy and Mrs. Holliday,

I was shocked and saddened. I mourn this kind of calamity to Dr. Holliday
more than you can know. Our family is left with fond memories of his
gentle soft spoken manner, his devotion to being the best in his field and
above all being a good father, husband and friend to his children's close

Brink Brinkley
We are so sadden by the death of Pete. I hope it will be of some comfort to you to know how much happiness all of you children brought to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jean and Jap Hogan
Dear Doc:
I am so sorry to hear about your dad.  I know it was a shock to me as it was to you.  Please accept my condolences to you and your family for this terrible loss.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time and I am here if needed.  Thank you for the friendship you and your family have shown me it's been a prayer and a gift.
God Bless
Lindsay,  I am so sorry to hear of the terrible accident that took your father's life.  Our community has sustained  quite a loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marie and Faira as well as the other members of your family.  Sincerely.  Frances Dixon
Lindsay, Please know that I am thinking of you and the family during this tragic time.  I stopped in to see your mother today.  She seems to be holding up well under the circumstances - but, as I told her, shock is a blessing at times like these.  It is what makes it possible to get through it.  I know how devastated all of you are.  It is a tragedy beyond belief.  Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Cynthia Patterson
Lindsay  I was deeply saddened to hear about DR Pete.  He has always been one of my dental heroes.  I will miss him and Dentistry will miss him.  Bill Argo
My deepest sympathy Lindsay.  I'm thinking of you.  Mary Wilder
We just heard a message from my Dad on our answer machine.   We are SO sorry and shocked.   We loved your Dad and wish your family strength through this.
Stan & Susan Rosen
Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast
91 Walker Street
Lenox, MA  01240
Dear Lindsay,
  Kay and I were heartbroken at the news of your Dad's tragic death. Please
know that your family is in our prayers and will continue to be.Let me
know if We can be of assistance during this difficult time. I will be more than
willing to see any emergency patients while you are out of the office.
                                                                                                  Sincerely, Don and Kay
Donald B. Benton,Jr.DMD
4128 Arkwright Rd. Ste.B
Macon, GA   31210-1707
478.475.1980 Voice

My mother and the rest of my family are out of town in Charleston, Mississippi. I just called them to tell them of the awful tragedy.  We are all just stunned.  As one who loved his father, I know your loss. 

We are all so blessed to have had him in our lives, community and neighborhood. 

I first remember Dr. Pete down at the Hart Building in 1955 then later at the Wesleyan Building.  Dr. Pete was such a gentleman, so soft and considerate.  I treasure the many Saturdays that He and I rode to Forsyth, ate breakfast and rode back.  Once on a Century Ride, my chain broke.  He stopped, helped me fix it and get back on the road.  How many had a chain breaker on a Century Ride?  Only those ready to stop and help!  When someone sagged He always would go back, “hook” them on to his wheel, and bring them up to the group.  This was his heart: to help those that he could.  Wouldn’t the World be great if it were full of Dr. Petes?  It is certainly worse for his loss!

God bless you all during this time!  If we can be of any help, day or night, please call!  There is nothing I can do to fix this but I will stop and come!  Nothing is too small to ask!

In Christian Love,

Mr. & Mrs. David H. Israel,

Tal & Taylor!


        You probably don't remember me but your dad was our family dentist
for many many years. I think my mama still went there up until her death in
2004. My daddy Ed Sell, III also went to your dad.  You and I worked
together in the mid to late 80s on a project at the Cox TV studio called the
Georgia Rythym Show. I was in high school then. Anyway, I saw the article in
the online version of the Macon paper and was deeply saddened. I remember
your dad as kind caring man, and that's says a lot about a dentist who I
last saw in my teenage years. I hope you and your family find peace and the
Lord be with you.

G. Scott Sell

Quail Ridge Ag and Livestock Services
Livestock Nutrition and Services

Scott, Nancy, Josh, and William Sell
1975 Quail Rd.
Sylvania, GA 30467

Web -

I am so sorry.  I guess you already know that Pete was one of my favorite people in the whole world.  He was my dentist for 56 years.  He always took time with me and was concerned about my life and general health -- diet, exercise, rest -- as well as my teeth!  He NEVER hurt me.  I loved him.  I never will forget the time he talked with me at length when I was in his dental chair, while the mayor of Macon, B.F. Merritt, waited for some time in the chair next door.  Needless to say, that conveyed to me that his thoughts and advice to me were important.  I will miss him very, very much.  My heart goes out Mary and to all of you.  He loved you very much.


Molly Mitchell Jones
(Mrs. Stacy V. Stringer)
I am so saddened by the tragic accident and the loss of your dear 
Dad. I will always see him riding his bike on Forest Hill Road, 
riding his lawn mower, clearing away trash thrown out in our yards by 
careless drivers, but most of all I will see his friendly smile and 
wave as I came out of my driveway. For 36 years the Sparrows and the 
Holidays have been neighbors and I could not have asked for more.

Please give Mary and all your family my sincere sympathy. Red and I 
were married 50 years and I know what it is like to suddenly lose the 
one you love without any warning.

Love and prayers to all of you,
Grace Sparrow
Dear Lindsay and family,

   Kenny and I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family.  I started going to Dr. Holiday when I was 12 years old, 46 years ago.  He was the most patient man I have ever known.  I was terrified of the dentist to the point of getting physically sick when I went and he constantly reassured me until I
finally overcame my fear.
   Our whole family  is deeply sadden at the great loss.  Please know that you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.  Please give our regards to your family.

Sincerely,  Kenny & Dianne Davis (Randy, Ricky & Denise)
Gordon, Georgia
Lindsay, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. What a horrible accident. I hope your mom is doing okay. Let us know the funeral details.
Nelda Greene
Beverly and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.  Your Dad's life was an example for all to follow.  We will never forget visiting with you and him last Monday night after the Walton visitation.
We are here for you in any way that you need us.
Jim & Beverly Hall
Jane and I were shocked to hear about your father's accident.   You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.   Bob Vedder
In a world of so few heroes, your dad was one of my heroes.  He had taken care of all my children and me for some forty years, and had a gentle spirit and kind manner that we treasured.  What a tragic loss to you, your family, and this community.  We will not see his like again, in this town, in my lifetime.
My love to you and yours,
Joni (Woolf)
Dear Lindsay,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad and the accident. He was our family dentist for many years, before you took over for him.  Such a gentle man he was and will be missed by all of us. I see that God has really blessed him with a wonderful family. I pray that God will comfort you all, as only HE can.
Mary S. Mullis
Forsyth, GA
Dr. Stewart, Benham and I were so very very sorry to hear about your father's death. Besides being our dentist he was a dear friend to us. As said by many others he was a very kind, gentle man and a caring person He has touched the lives of countless people during his many years of practice. We will miss him very much.
Please know that you and family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
God bless you all,
Dr. Benham Stewart,Benham and Louise Stewart
You and your family have my deepest sympathy and prayers.  May God strengthen you during this time.
Mickey Adams

I’m very sorry about the loss of your Father. I hope you are well. You are a true friend of the community. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.


Billy Ray Kimbell

I was so sorry to hear about Doc. it was a pleasure to have known him, he
was such a great guy, I loved talking to him about his knives, I wished I
had made him one, we had talked about he and I designing a knife and me
making it for him..My prayers are with the family, I sure will miss seeing
him when I go in for my appointments. He will be missed by all who knew him,
I think Macon was a better place to live because of him, Keep up the good
work Lindsay!
Bill Sowell
Lisa and I were stunned to read the news.

We are thinking about you.

Paul Fisher
We are so sorry.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Frank and Lou Bentley

I am so sorry.  Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time.



Program Director, Dental Hygiene

Middle Georgia Technical College

I am so sorry for your great loss. My prayers and wishes for the return of happy memories are with you. Yours in Peace, Tanya Melville, Montessori of Macon.

Carolyn and I were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. P.O.'s sudden death. He was truly a gentleman in all the definitions of the word. A man like Dr P.O. will never be forgotten by his family, friends, and patients. His life had a purpose, he touched so many with his talent and joy of life.

We first met him in 1979 when, upon moving to Macon, we needed a dentist. He was the most caring, careful man in his practice of dentistry and took wonderful care of us.
May God richly bless you in this time of sorrow and guide your heart to all your good memories of him.
Harold and Carolyn Lemley.

Lindsay, Marie and Faira—

I just wanted you to know that my family and I are holding all of you and your family close as you struggle with the shock of the sudden death of your Father and Grandfather. I never knew your dad Lindsay, but he must have certainly been a lovely person to have raised a son with a spirit as kind and gentle as yours.   My prayer for you is one for peace and strength as you face the days ahead.

 With deepest sympathy, 

Tina, Seth, Logan and Nicole Clark
Rev. Tina Cansler Clark

Spiritual Care Coordinator

Bereavement Coordinator

Hospice Care Options

Macon, GA  31201

I did read the article and am so sorry about your dad's death.  I know what a wonderful dad he had to be and certainly he was a mentor and role model for all of us how came thru CDDSand GDA during his leadership phase.
> Clark Carroll

Lindsay and Marie:

Please accept our heartfelt condolences from the extended Haywood family for the loss of your father. Your family has always treated us as part of your family and we have always thought of you all as part of our extended family. I still clearly recall your presence and caring at the time of my mother’s illness and death, and I will always cherish our friendship for that reason and many, many more.

 For as long as I can remember growing up in Macon and within the Mercer University community, your father seemed larger than life and always greeted me and mine with gentle kindness, genuine interest and warmth. He was apparently an excellent family role model, consummate professional and community citizen, and he has left this legacy firmly in your and your family’s hands. The Macon community has greatly benefited from Dr. Holliday’s activism and sense of duty over the last 50 years or so, and I hope and pray that some of his passions for improving his community can still be pursued and realized.

 Please call on us for anything.


Robert (Bob) Haywood, Unit Lead
Long-term Community Recovery Team
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Mississippi TRO
220 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
228-385-4828 (desk)

My deepest sympathy.  You and your family are in my prayers.  Your Dad was  such a sweet and gentle soul.  He will be deeply missed.
Kara Moore
Lindsay, Marie, Faira, Peter IV, and family-
My heart is heavy and deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Holliday. He was truly a gentle man. His loving kindness radiated from his twinkling eyes. One could always feel his concern for others and that it was genuine. I know how blessed I feel to have known him and cannot imagine how blessed you must feel to have had him in your lives.  I hope you all can draw strength from knowing that an entire community hurt with you and are offering prayers for your comfort.
With love- Talisa Hanson
Our deepest sympathy to all the Family in your tragic loss .
GOD makes very few perfect men , but Pete was one of them .
Thanks for sharing the Precious Memories wit us .
Fleming and Merle Childs
Pete has been my Dentist for almost 50 years and he had been my husbands for even longer than that.  I am very saddened by his death.  He was a talented and caring Dentist and I will really miss him. When my oldest son Duncan, who is still a patient, was very young he came out from an appointment with Pete and announced that he reminded him of a cool cloud.  When I asked him what he meant he said "  when Dr. Pete is working in my mouth  I know his hands are in my mouth  but I can't feel him.!!" I think that's the ultimate compliment from a 6 year old.  
We will all mliss him.   Kitty Walker
Dear Doc Lindsay and the great group in your office.
Dr Pete was truly a fine man. I am terribly saddened by his death.
He became my dentist in 1960 when I got married to one of his patients,
who was then Carolyn Wellborn. Carolyn passed away in 2004.

I have three fond memories of Dr. Pete that I would like to share.

When Dr Pete's old office in the Wesleyan Annex burned, I watched as Dr Pete
saved his patient records by throwing them down from the window of his
office to one of his employees on the ground. The firemen had let him in the
office before the fire had reached that end of the building.

Dr Pete once saw me on Sunday, Mother's Day, when I had a dental emergency.
He met me at his office that night and took care of my problem.

My five children were also his patients.
Once, when my son John was a little boy, he was in Dr Pete's chair sound
asleep and Dr Pete had his mouth propped open with a small block of wood.

Dr Pete had not given him anything to put him to sleep, he was just
comfortable and resting in the hands of the master dentist.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Dr Pete's family and to his
staff at the office. We all will miss him.
Tom Haskins
Dear Lindsay, So sorry to hear about your loss.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
Jack Jenkins
My deepest condolences on your loss.
Angelia Hoomes
Franco and I are so sorry about your father.  He always waived as we passed, I'm sorry I never really got to meet him.  If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Angela Tomey

Lindsey, just want to say how shocked and sorry Jeff and I are for the sudden loss of your dear dad.  My husband Jeff knew him over many years from cycling.  My cousin Nina Mixon worked for him at his practice.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  We are unable to be at the service, as Jeff's mother passed away in Springfield MO yesterday, so we are departing tomorrow and will be gone the rest of the week.

Nancy White, RN, FACHE
Director, Senior Health Services &
Government Relations
350 Hospital Drive
Macon, GA 31217
(478) 464-8171
(478) 464-8144 (fax)

My family would like to send our condolences to you and your family during this tragic lost of your father. If there is anything I can do for you, Please, do not hesitate to contact me. Again, our hearts and prayers goes out to you.
Bill Glover
Lindsay-----I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please, let me know if there is a special organization I could send a monetary tribute to in his name. You and Marie are in my prayers----Betty
Betty G Rose
Art Director
HHB Advertising
1873 Hardeman Ave Ste A
Macon GA 31201
478-464-0236 fax

I'm in shock.

I know this is a great loss for your family and all who work with you.

Your Dad always inspired very warm, caring and smiling memories, even in the times that he wasn't smiling at us. I'll miss him.

Love and sympathy to you and Marie and your entire family.

Tommy Haywood

We are so very sorry to hear the news about your Dad!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t find out till late Sunday. 

Know that ya’ll are in our thoughts and prayers!

If there is anything you need, just let us know.  We will be by to see you.

We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan, Joy, Jil

P.S.  We had decided to get on the bandwagon with you about Forest Hill, but now we are more determined than ever!

Dear Lindsey,
What a wonderful man your father was!

He was a true "Southern Gentleman"; kind, compassionate, caring, loving, respectful, selfless, likable, sincere, friendly....etc! The list of positive adjectives to describe him is endless.

He was a GREAT man and dentist. His patients I've had the pleasure of meeting ALWAYS speak of him as if he is a dear friend. He will missed by many.
My condolences to you and the rest of his family.
My prayers for him and all of you.
GOD does work in mysterious ways. Understanding everything HE
does will be revealed to us when we are with HIM.
Dr. Pete understands now.
With love and prayers, Jimmy and Kate Arnold

I am SO sorry about your Dad and what you and your family must be going through.  Every time I ever met your Dad, whether it was when I was in and out of your office on Brown's Mount business, or when we both were on the mayor's recycling committee, I always felt so peaceful and that he had such a gentle soul. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Mary Gatti

We were all shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Holliday’s untimely death over the weekend.

 Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with the Holliday Family, in this terrible time of loss.

We will be happy to assist in any way we can, just let us know.

With our deepest sympathy,

The MacKay Family

Oh Lindsay.  I cannot stop crying.  Your father was a fine man, loved by so many.  Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Jean Weathers
Uncle Lindsay,
Thanks for organizing and creating the tribute to G'Daddy. I miss being home with everyone intensely. You must have the hardest time being at the office surrounded by so much of what he did every day. Or maybe it's a comfort, a way to feel close again. I wish so badly I had been able to see him once again. The picture you sent me of Nana and G'Daddy looking out the window of their house by the Christmas tree seems to be his only farewell to me.
Anyway, the entire family, particularly my dad, you, Lucy, and Mary are in my thoughts. I love you (give my love to Marie and Faira) and hope everyone is alright.


I just learned of the tragic loss of your father over the weekend. Debbie and I are very sorry and will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

 Warmest regards,


 Jack P. Gibson, CPCU, CRIS, ARM

International Risk Management Institute, Inc.

12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1450
Dallas, TX, 75251


I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family.  We will keep you in our prayers.

Amy and Mike Loden
Hi Lindsay, It is with incredible sadness and disbelief that I heard about your father this morning.  In such a time  there is little to say or do.  I want  to pay your entire family  deepest condolences on behalf of my whole family.  Instead of sending flowers or a card, we would like to donate to one of your father's favorite charities in his honor, if you will share that information with us after everything has settled down a little.  And please let us know if there is anything else we can do.  Has the service already occurred?  I think my parents would like to attend if it's not too late. Today I will go to the temple in L.A's Chinatown and pray for you, Marie, Faira, family, and friends. Much love, Chenny Gan
Lindsay - please accept and pass along to your Mother, siblings and other family members my condolences.  He was practically the only dentist I have ever known (from age 6), and I enjoyed a second relationship more recently as he taught me how to be a proper bicyclist.  His was a life wonderfully lived, and all who knew him are better for it.
Walter H. Bush
Schiff Hardin, LLP
2300 One Atlantic Center
1201 W. Peachtree St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
o 404.437.7011
Lindsey: Your father's death this week was one of the saddest stories I have ever read in the paper. It was almost unbearable to read the circumstances under which he died. He was my dentist for 52 years, and I have never know a more gentle and kinder person in my life. I won't ever visit your office again and not think of him, and I know he going to be missed by everyone who knew him. My sympathy to you and your family.

Ed S. Sell, III
Sell & Melton, LLP
577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1400 (31201)
P. O. Box 229
Macon, Georgia  31202-0229
Direct Telephone 478-464-5335

 The world is a better place because Pete Holliday passed through.
What a gentle, kind, sensitive man.
Norman Abramson
Dear Lindsay,
I received word from Argen Edwards that you just lost your father to a terrible accident.  I know this is a terrible shock to you and your family.  I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you.
Ann Mauney
with Georgia Peace in Atlanta

I'm so sorry about your dad. I hope he went without pain.

If he's anything like you, I wish I'd known him.

Travis Fain 

Dear Lindsay,
I was so deeply saddened to read of your father's tragic death.  I'm sure this was a great shock and loss to you, your mother, and all your family.
Your mother and her parents were close family friends, and I have many fond memories of them.  We lived next door to the Dozier's when I was a small child, and I always affectionately called your grandparents Grandpa and Grandma Dozier.  Your mother was about twelve years older than I, and she was my idol.  I thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen...and she was.  She had both inner and outer beauty.  The wedding picture of your parents brought back fond memories.  I attended their wedding in 1949 when I was eleven years old, and to me, they were Cinderella and Prince Charming.  When she met and married "Pete," as we always called him, we grew to love him as well.  He also became our dentist, and after I married and moved to Atlanta, I would still go back to Macon for my semi-annual visits to the dentist.  In my opinion, there was no other dentist.  In 1959, my mother, Mildred Weaks Porter, went to work for your father as his bookkeeper and receptionist, and worked for him until she retired in 1975.  He was such a kind, gentle man, and was so good to my mother.  She looked on your family as her extended family, and loved each one of you.
Please give my love to your mother.  My prayers are with all of your family during this very sad time.
Joan Weaks Nelms
Marietta, Georgia
I'll be praying for you and your family.

Scott Bruckmair
190 Blackshear Circle
Dublin, GA 31021
(478) 274-9170
Doctor Peter,
I did not know your father but wanted to send a message of sympathy. You did surgery on my back in 1996.  When I learned of your father's tragic death, I remembered the hurt of my own father's passing and just wanted to let you and your family know that our hearts are touched by your sadness and loss. Please know that you will be in our prayers.  Robert Miller and family-Milledgeville, Ga
Doc, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God grants you comfort in your time of sorrow.

Doug Silvia
   I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It is always hard to loose a parent. a guy's dad is a very precious person and please know that your family is in my prayers.
Deepest Sympathy,
Rev. K. Nelson Miller 
Macon Cemetery Preservation Corp.
this poem has always helped me.

Do not weep for me

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripen grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swifter uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Author Unknown

Dear Lindsay,
I am so sorry to hear about the death of your father.
He was great dentist and a nice person.  
The talk I had with him during the last CDDS meeting seems like yesterday.  He told me the Macon City Club building is as old as he is. We discussed practicing dentistry into his 80s which is something he was going to teach me.  I will miss him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Amy Z. Lee
To all the family of Dr. Pete Holliday:
Under your father's leadership you have become a fine family and I am especially grateful for the contributions one part of your team -- father and son -- made to my own dental well-being.  In addition, they have provided encouragement to the Fore(In)Sight Foundation created by Dr. Bernard C. Murdoch with which I have been affiliated.  Inquiring minds seem to gravitate in similar directions and I appreciate the exposure to Holliday thinking -- always in a truth-seeking mode.
My best to you all as you share your loss while at the same time sharing many wonderful memories.
Sandra C. Lewis

In such a sad time as this, it is hard to find the proper words to convey our shock and dismay at the news of your father’s passing. He will be remembered warmly by the many people that he touched in his active life.

Having known Doc Holliday my entire life as a good neighbor, my best dentist, and a true gentleman, I commemorate his full life of service to his country, community, and family. We admired his blend of intellectual curiosity and athleticism while maintaining his mellow demeanor.

We send our best hopes for your family as you cope with your loss.

Scott and Fina Knapp

Richardson, TX


I am so sorry.

I never met your dad but after reading all these warm tributes I feel I
know who he was.  It also explains a lot about who you are.

I saw him down the end of the hall once when I was in the office for one
of your “procedures”.  Doctors call everything they do, a "procedure".

I’ve been in a lot of offices where the old guy has a desk and still has a
ceremonial position in the firm. I think that’s respectful and that was my
first thought. Today I read that he was still practicing. It’s a fortunate
person that finds so much reward in what they do that, retirement and a
beach condo in Florida would never occur to them.

I’d bet that he carried fewer regrets than most of us.

You are a worthy son and now, sadly, you will have to carry on without him.

I am so sorry.


Dear Dr. Lindsay and Family,
I just wanted you to know that I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Pete. He was such a sweet and gentle man.
Not only do I feel fortunate to have known him but also to have learned from him while working with you.
I can still hear him tell patients about the importance of Vitamin C for their overall health and how Linus
Pauling was one of the greatest scientist America ever produced. Dr. Pete was without a doubt one of the
greatest dentist ever known and he will be sadly missed. I bet Linus Pauling greeted Dr. Pete at the Pearly
Gates! ; )
I am so glad I got to see him last Tuesday when I came in for lunch. He always had a smile and he always
made me feel like family.
Let me know if there is anything I can do.
Wendy Kriss, RDH
Dear Doc, Marie, and Faira,

Chenny just told me about the elder Dr. Holliday.  You
are all the dearest and finest of people; though I
never met him, I'm sure he was the same.  I know
nothing I say will keep the pain from you, so I won't
try.  But know that others will help you light prayers
for your father's spirit now, and for the blessing and
comfort of you all, as well.  Never fear that you are
alone.  You're in our thoughts even now.


Welund him be wurman wræces cunnade,
anhydig eorl earfoþa dreag,
hæfde him to gesiþþesorge ond longaþ,
wintercealde wræce; wean oft onfond,
siþþan hine Niðhad onnede legde,
swoncre seonobendeon syllan monn.
Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg!   -Deor
"I was driving to work the other day in the rain. In the fog I saw a tree, leafless and solitary. I was overcome with an ominous sadness. It was a feeling of being on the bottom of the ocean with all the weight of life above me. But as I came closer I realized there were other trees behind it, evergreen trees, in the fog."

-message from Wes Tanner, GC&SU creative writing major, friend of Faira's
It has always meant so much to me to share my grandfather's love of nature and the environment. He was the first person who ever showed me the wonders that are held in the night sky.  His meticulous concern for the world around him, both the physical world and the intellectual realm, was truly an inspiration. I think it would only be appropriate that donations be sent to the Georgia Conservancy, in his name. I will always remember attending the meetings at Callaway Gardens with him and my grandmother.    
- Lucy Faith Collins
To: The Holliday Family, Dr. Lindsay & Staff
We are truly sadden to hear of the accident and passing of Dr. P. O. Holliday, Jr.
We were fond of Dr. P.  I (Virginia) especially admired his gentle spirit and his soft spoken voice.
Dr. P. made going to the dentist a pleasant experience.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.  May you be blessed with peace, comfort and strength in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Royce and Virginia Gallemore

Dr. Lindsay and Family,

I want to express how much I admired and respected Dr. Holliday.  He was such a gentleman I trusted him as my dentist.  When I became your patient I realized how much you were a reflection of your Dad.  May you and your family find peace during this time of loss.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Frank Stewart

Dear Dr. Lindsey Holliday and Family

I am so sorry to hear about Dr.Peter Holliday.  May you'll find comfort in all the wonderful memories left behind by him.

Take care

Dilani A. Silva
Dear Marie,
I am saddened to hear of your father-in-law's tragic death. It must be quite a shock. Sudden deaths can be even harder than extended illnesses, because you have no time to prepare for the end. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I am also glad we have regained contact. Let me know how it is going.
Hugh Janney
Lindsay, Our family was saddened by the loss of Dr. Pete.  We will always remember him as a kind and gentle dentist over the past 40 years. 
With our sympathy,
 Lou Bailey, Al Bailey, and Steve Bailey

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We will miss a truly fine gentleman. 

 Strud and Sue Nash

Dear Lindsay, Marie, Faira,
I just learned of your father's death.  I understand the shock your family must be feeling, having experienced my sister's untimely death 3 years ago.  Words cannot effectively express our sympathy and love for you and your entire family at this time.  Please know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace.....
Cheryl, Dru, and Abby
Cheryl M. Crumbley
Financial Analyst
Empire Financial Services, Inc.
121 Executive Parkway
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Dear Lindsay,


As a leader over the past 20+ years in the many struggles to preserve and protect Macon’s nationally significant cultural and natural treasures, and the City’s quality of life, you were always your father’s son - kind, persistent, meticulous, generous, determined.  May his gentle spirit live on in your continuing efforts, which unselfishly benefit this and future generations. Our thoughts are with you, Marie, Faira and your extended family.


Sylvia Flowers

Master Ranger, Retired

National Park Service

Ocmulgee National Monument

Dr. Holliday a.k.a. G-daddy, to me, was an amazing man I learned so much
from. My fondest memories of G-daddy were gazing at the stars together
while he taught me astronomical things, walking down the paths at his
house, washing his car, and learning how to drive from him. G-daddy
touched my heart in a very special way and also the hearts of my friends
who had met him. I love G-daddy and will miss him tremendously, but he
wil be remembered for the way he lived, not how he died. R.I.P.
- Mary Lindsay Collins
Dear Lindsay, Marie, Mrs. Holliday and family,
We were shocked and heartbroken when my brother Scott, who lives in Macon, called to tell us of this tragic loss.  We have loved your family for so many years.  I have such fond memories of seeing our parents reminisce and laugh at dental meetings throughout the years.
My Dad moved to an assisted living facility in Statesboro in November.  I am going over to share this sad news with him this afternoon.  He and your Dad belonged to a generation of dentists that loved their profession and served their patients with the highest level of care.  You and Joe have had the rare opportunity and privilege to practice with and learn from two of the masters of dentistry.
This world has lost a truly great man, but it gives me comfort to think of my Mother and Dr. Holliday greeting each other in heaven.  What a wonderful reunion they are having!
Please know that Joe, Dad and I will keep your family in our prayers.  May you feel the peace and comfort that only Christ can give. 
With love,
Jan Rackley Griffin

Dear Lindsay,

 I am sorry to learn of your father’s death.  It’s always very difficult to lose one’s parents, as I know from personal experience.  Please accept my sincere condolences on this sad occasion.


 John Pattan

A special man

With the sudden death of Dr. P.O. Holliday Jr., Macon and Bibb County have lost a very special gentlemen. The mark of a life well lived is in how a person is remembered by those on which he made a lasting impression.

I first met Dr. P.O. in 1979 after moving to Macon and in need of a dentist. He was a most capable, remarkable, and gentle man who was tops in the dental profession. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and patients.

Harold Lemley
Posted on Tue, Jan. 23, 2007

My heart goes out to your family at this time of tragic loss.
Our community has lost a very fine gentleman indeed.
You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

                                Carl Hunt Hays III
Lindsay, I was so shocked and sorry to learn of your father's death. I know
you were very close and that he will be much missed in the community as in
your family. You are in my thoughts and I wish you strength during this
difficult time.
Heather Duncan
                                                                                                A. B. BRINKLEY,  MD            
       My family & I would like to express our sincere condolences to you & your family. I`m sure you know how well respected your father was. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Sincerely,
                                                                           .........Sammy Deep & Family
Dear Lindsay, I was saddened to hear about your Dad.  I went to Peter's this morning and then came by your office, but didn't want to disturb you.  It must have been a terrible shock to your Mom and Faith.  Daddy and I were amongst his first patients and I've always enjoyed seeing him either personally or professionally.  He was the best.  I can't be with you tonight, but I'll be there tomorrow. 
Please tell the family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 
Sincerely, Carson Flournoy
Sympathy, love and prayers.
Lois and Kenneth Martin
Dear Lindsay,
What a nice tribute to such a nice man!
     We were all very saddened when we heard the news of Dr. Pete's death.  It's a hard thing to accept when someone dies suddenly.  It's even harder when it is someone like your dad, who embraced life like he did by the way he lived and cared for himself.  He was very special to Mom, Dad and me.
     I recall just recently, when I came by your office, seeing your dad's truck and hoping that he was in the lab so I could say hello.  He was there and it made my day a little brighter.  
     I am sure he is proud of you and your staff by the way you have conducted business this difficult week.  Dr. Pete will surely be missed.
Jim Stallings
Dear Lindsay, Marie and Faira,
John and I are very saddened to hear about the tragic loss of your father.  Mary Gatti called me with to let us know about your father and another loss of my friend, B. J. Cain.  So John and I have both of your families in our hearts and prayers.
John and Betty Schaefer
Datil, NM
TO the Holliday Family:

Dad and I just learned of the sudden and unexpected death of Dr. Pete. We
are just in shock. Dad, especially, is just distraught at Pete's passing.
They have been friends for many, many years. Pete was, also, the dentist to
my Dad, Judge Joe Patterson, Jr. and to my late Mom, Alice Pauline Justice
Patterson, and to me as long as I lived in Macon. We send to you our
heart-felt and sincere condolences at this very sad time. The entire
Holliday family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if we can
do anything for you. Dr. Pete was a wonderful, kind, gentle man who shall be
missed terribly by all who knew him personally and profesionally.He was
"one-in-a-million"! We shall always remember him quite fondly.

With deepest sympathy and friendship,

Judge Joe Patterson, Jr.
 and daughter, Jo Alice Patterson Welton and grandson, Patrick Joseph Welton
Dear Lindsay and your family,
I just heard about the tragedy in your family and I wanted to offer my sincerest condolences for you and your family.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. 

With my sympathy,
Jill Franklin
(Formerly Environment Georgia)
NH PIRG campus organizer
I've been lucky enough to have known Pete Holliday since way back when he owned a Porsche 911, and have had the pleasure of bicycling with him.  In September 1984 Pete and several of us cycle-camped the length of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway (some 640 miles) from north to south in 10 days.  Here are a few excerpts from my journal about that trip, which Pete really enjoyed:
"Entertainment was provided by Pete's circus-riding antics.  His new bicycle had a triple chain ring, but the front derailleur wasn't properly adjusted, and it wouldn't shift from the middle ring to the small using the shift lever.  But Pete figured out that he could bend down and with his right hand nudge the chain from the middle ring to the inner one, while at the same time steering with his left hand, the bike wildly gyrating, usually swooping leftward into the oncoming traffic lane, at which time Pete would peek up, realize he was about to depart the pavement, and twist sharply further leftward, making a complete loop around and heading back in the general direction of the correct lane..."
"Pete was an early riser, used to getting up at 5 am every day at home, and when he'd awaken we'd start hearing zippers unZZZZZZZZipping his sleeping bag, then unZZZZZZZipping the fly netting, then unZZZZZZZipping the outside tent door, before he could walk to the bathroom.  We knew when he got back because the Zipper parade was performed again, in reverse order, but adding a tent window unZZZZZZZipping and several unZZZZZZippings of various pannier bag pockets as Pete searched for something..."
"Every morning Pete walked around the campsite and woke us all up at 5:59, except one morning he woke me at 5:50 saying "Don, is today the day you wanted me to wake you up 10 minues earlier?"  It wasn't..."
Pete contributed immensely to our joy of that bicycling trip, and it was clear no one enjoyed it more than he did.
Bob Jacoby and I drove down to Macon from time to time to have lunch with Pete, December 8th of last month being our most recent visit.  We'll miss him.
Don Trantow
Buford, GA
Lindsay, Lucy and family,
When I think of your dad, gentleness, quality, and ethics immediately come to mind. I have to share a couple of episodes that contributed to my going to Holliday Dental for over 45 years.  
When I was a child, I hated going to the dentist and constantly complained about it.  Finally, my mother changed dentists, and we began going to Dr. Pete Holliday.  I never complained again.  It always amazed me that he was aware of the slightest flick of an eye or facial muscle.  Dr. Pete would stop what he was doing and ask if it hurt.  Then, he would take whatever means necessary to ensure that I felt no further pain.
After I married, Horace was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi.  I began going to a dentist there.  One of the first comments from that dentist was that the previous dental work that had been done was of the highest quality.  Then, the dentist recommended extensive additional dental work including numerous crowns.  I went home and called Dr. Holliday.  He looked at my dental records and advised that the work was not necessary.  I never went to another dentist again (until Lindsay began practicing).  I would see Dr. Holliday on our visits to Macon.  I always appreciated the fact that Dr. Pete never recommended unnecessary dental procedures.
My children grew up going to the dentist with the Hollidays, first Dr. Pete, then Lindsay.  Today two of them return from New York and Connecticutt for their dental appointments here.  The McSwain family recognizes that Lindsay learned gentleness, quality, and ethics from his father.  What wonderful attributes to pass on to your child!
Your family's loss is a loss to our community and the dental profession.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Horace, Gloria, Ginny, Suzanne, and Lauren McSwain

Carolyn and I will miss “Pete”.  He was our dentist over 43 years.  So kind and gentle.  And Lindsay is a lot like that.

Jerry and Carolyn Chalker

Dear Lindsay,
Mary Anne and I, like all of Dr. Pete Holliday's patients, benefited from his gentle, wise, and immensely competent work.  It makes us happy to think of how joyful Dr. Pete will be to watch over your work at Holliday Dental.  You and your siblings and all of your children will continue to provide him so much pleasure in the years to come. 
May God bless each of you and your mother,
Tom Richardson
My mother emailed me with the news yesterday - so very sad.  I have been thinking all day today about my dentist, Dr. Holliday.  I think I started going to him somewhere around 1961.  He was one of the few constant memories in my life outside of my family - same gentle voice and manner, same location.  I cannot imagine what you all are going through.  Words are not enough........

Terri Fluker
Lindsay and family and office family,
I was shocked and so saddened to read the terrible news of the accident.  My first thoughts were that he was such a kind and gentle man. Dr. Pete pulled my first baby tooth and I am 57 years old! He was always my family's dentist
 (and then  Lindsay  when he came into the practice). Even when we lived elsewhere, we came back to Macon to Dr. Pete.
Dr. Pete left quite  a legacy- a wonderful family and friends who will carry on the work of the many causes dear to him.   That is the best tribute of all.
Sybil Roberts Willingham
Dear Holliday Family,

I want to express my deepest smpathy to the Holliday family in the lost of Dr Pete. It was such a tragic
lost. I was one of  Dr. Pete's patients for over 30 years and he was an excellent dentist. He was such
a kind, gentle and caring person. He will surely be missed by all. My thought and prayers are with
you and his staff.

Marsha McElhenney
Hi.  Sorry and shocked to hear about your dad.  Missed telling you that Sunday at church.  Will be there this wk.  You have been in my thoughts.
James Vandiver
To the Holliday Families:  Our prayers are with you during your time of sorrow.  Dr. Holliday III has been our family Dr. for numerous years.  We love him.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (Mat.5:4).
Behula Fleming & Family
Dorothy Downing & Family
Betty Liggins & Family
Carol Martin-Buck & Family   
Dear Lindsay and Marie and family --
Your dad was one of the kindest, gentlest people I've known.  I was fortunate to have known him pretty much all my life because of his association with my Uncle Jimmy and my father.  In later years, we always had a nice visit when he made his weekly trips by the garage.  I know he loved his family.  He lived his life according to his beliefs, and was an inspiration.  Over all these years, I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. The number of lives he touched was evident by the crowd at the visitation.  He'll be missed by us all.

Suzanne and I have the entire Holliday family in our thoughts and prayers.

John D. Cassidy
Dear Holliday Family,
    I am so sorry about your great loss.  Dr Pete was my dentist since I moved to Macon.  He was so kind and gentle that I did not consider changing to another.  I will miss him greatly. I just cannot put into words how sorry I feel about this tragedy.  Such a good, kind man must be in heaven but that is not much comfort when he has been taken away from you in such a terrible fashion.
 I wish for you some peace. 
Love betsy robinson
I was so sorry to hear about your dad. Please accept my deepest condolences.

-- Charles E. Richardson
I am not going to dwell on the sorrow of losing Pete Holliday. I am not going to morn or despair over the lose of Pete Holliday. Instead, I am going to dwell on the joyous moments, hours and days that I have spent with Pete Holliday.
Whether we were bicycling or having lunch, I will always remember his friendly smile, I will always remember his gentleness, I will always remember his kindness. I hope I can inheret these great qualities from Pete Holiday so that I can be like him. I hope I am a better person because I knew Pete Holliday.
I could write and tell several joyous and fun-filled bicycle ride stories that Pete and I shared. But I am not going too because I want to be selfish and keep those great times to myself so I can remember all the good times we shared.  
There is a story about Pete having lunch and in walks a mushroom and asks Pete if he can buy him a drink. Pete says you are only a mushroom. The mushroom says, "You are correct, but I am a fun guy".
Do not grive over the lose of Pete Holliday. Do not morn over the lose of Pete Holliday. Pete Holiday was a fun-guy.
Be thank full we knew Pete Holliday as long as we did.
bob jacoby
Dr. Holliday lived right across
the street from my home in Macon. He was a good friend of my folks for
many years! And me also. He had a Porsche like mine for many years. The
first picture of him in China shows a Hallicrafters shortwave radio that
he loaned me when I was a surgery patient at Warm Springs about 1950.
The rifle in the picture is a 1903A3 springfield serial# 3336219 that I
swapped him one of my dads dental chairs for about 1952. Dr. Holliday
was killed by a speeding car while getting his morning paper a few feet
from my folks mail box .

Our dad was president of the Central District Dental
Society when Dr. Holliday was Secretary. The web site info. was sent to
me by Harold Griffin, a friend who attended his relatives wedding to one
of the Hollidays recently..

Don Clark  3-30-08 

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