In Memory of Jim Holloman
James H. Holloman, Jr.
May 27, 1946 – February 7, 2024
James H. Holloman Jr. affectionately known as Jim, and later Pops, was born May 27, 1946 in Wichita Falls, TX. On February 7, 2024, he passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his devoted family.
Jim spent his wonderful childhood in Frederick, OK. He played sports and raised Hereford cattle and horses, all while excelling in school. Jim took pride in being a Boy Scout where he achieved the highest honor of Eagle Scout. His quest for knowledge led him to graduate early from high school and begin his pursuit of higher education at the University of Oklahoma, earning a degree in accounting with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He did so in just 3 years, graduating in 1966. He followed his calling into the field of law, attending OU law school from 1966-1969, graduating with highest honors. In their first year at OU Law, he met his future wife, Lynn, and they began their lifetime love story. During their 56 years of marriage, he often told of the beautiful and smart young lady from Covington who took the best lecture notes while he played cards in the basement. He studied her notes, paving his way to the top of the class, achieving membership in the Order of the Coif. Jim loved his country and served it well as a Captain in the United States Marine Corp Judge Advocate Division from 1969 to 1972. He earned his final degree, a Masters of Law in Taxation, from NYU in 1973, graduating 2nd in his class. Jim loved his time in New York City, later encouraging many young associates from Oklahoma City to also pursue the same path in tax law, eventually establishing a scholarship to further his legacy. He and Lynn returned to Oklahoma City where they raised their four children, Amy, Erin, Matt, and Andrew. Jim practiced law for 50 years, the majority of his time at Crowe & Dunlevy where he chaired the tax department. He was regarded by his peers as a foremost expert in taxation, trust and estates, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and employee benefits. He cherished his time mentoring many young lawyers in their professional development. One recently recalled “he was a true mentor for me in every sense of the word. He was a gentleman, full of wisdom, patience, integrity, and kindness.” Throughout the decades, Jim always took great pride in helping his clients navigate complicated legal, financial, and family issues.
Jim believed in giving back to his community. He served as President of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation from 2003 to 2006, as a trustee from 1996 to 2006 and continued to serve as a member of the Foundation’s investment committee. He was also an active member of the Board of Education of Deer Creek Public Schools from 1988 to 1998, serving as Board President for three years. Throughout his life, he served on countless other committees and groups.
For anyone who knew Jim, the true joy of his life was his family. Whether as a coach or just a fan, he seldom missed a game of any of his children. He also found joy in watching his grandchildren compete. He was an even bigger champion of his family in their educational and professional pursuits. He challenged his children and grandchildren to strive to apply their God given gifts to the best of their potential. His love for family and travel led to many adventures across the country and abroad, including trips to the Olympics, the Holy Land, Europe, and countless “Griswald style” family vacations.
Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather who lived his life graciously serving them and countless others. His deep abiding faith was the cornerstone of this love. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7. Jim was a devoted member of Faith Bible Church for many years.
He is survived by his wife Lynn; daughter, Amy Adams, her husband Kip, and their twin daughters Katie and Abby of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Dr. Erin Holloman Scott, her husband Tim, and their children Jase, Lexi and Jake of Edmond; son, Dr. Matthew Holloman, his wife Ashley, and their children Hadley and Hudson of Edmond; son, Dr. Andrew Holloman, his wife Padgett, and their children Sloan, Davis and Ellis of Tampa, FL; sister Judy Bohannon and her husband Ron of Sulphur; sister Jane McCullough and her husband John of Edmond; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all who he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his parents Willa Jean and Dr. James H. Holloman Sr.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Faith Bible Church, 600 N Coltrane Rd., Edmond, OK. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Legal Clinic of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 7868, Edmond, OK 73083, trinitylegal.org; Oklahoma City Community Foundation, 1000 N Broadway Ave, OKC, OK 73102, occf.org; or Faithworks of the Inner City, 1300 S Byers Ave, OKC, OK 73129, faithworksokc.com