James E. Holley, Sr.

james holley, sr.

James E. Holley, Sr., 82 of Middletown, CT departed this life on Friday, October 1, 2021.  Born April 6, 1939 in North Carolina to the late Lillie V. Rankins-Anthony and Stewart Holley, James was the third child of twelve children.  He moved to Middletown, CT in 1955 to work with his brothers.

James was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Clarence Holley and Marvin Lane, a sister, Thelma Holley-Jones, a daughter, Lynette Chatfield, and a grandson Kenyon Gaskins.

James is survived by his wife Delores Holley, sons James Holley, Jr. of Middletown, CT, Michael Gaskins of Brooklyn, NY, Darrell Holley of Manchester, CT, daughter Lenora (Holley) Webb of Stockbridge, GA, stepdaughter Roxane Holloman of Bristol, CT, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by five sisters, Lillie M. Hardy, Shirley (Freeman) Tomlin of Middletown, CT, Barbara A. Holley of Meriden, CT,  Jessie (Anthony) Watford of Meriden, CT, Cora Anthony of St. Petersburg, FL, three brothers, Stewart Holley of Middletown, CT, William Anthony of Meriden, CT, and Burt Anthony of Aurora, Il, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, and was baptized into their faith in 2002.  He received his H.S. diploma from Sheehan High School in Wallingford, CT.  He worked at American Cyanamid for 42 years in Wallingford, CT, and retired from there in February 2001.

While growing up in NC, a couple of his favorite activities were fishing and swimming with his siblings and friends. At the same time he was given the nickname Bro Rabbit. As he got older, modifying his cars, racing the 1967 Firebird, and playing Bid Whist became his favorite things to do.  His ability to fix almost anything was amazing.

Friends are invited to visit with his family on Wednesday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. His memorial service will follow in the funeral home at 12:00. For those who were unable to attend the in-person service, a Zoom link is available here: James Holley Sr. Funeral. Password to view is 2bDd?V1R.



Visitation: October 13, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


Funeral Service: October 13, 2021 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


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  1. Sorry for the loss of the part of the family member James E holley I will keep you all in prayers in a time of sorrow,s my heart goes out to the whole family always in my prayer,s an my heart love 💕 always Claudia warley ,

  2. To the entire family of James E. Holley. My family and I send our love, condolences, and prayers. I am so truly thankful to God that our lives connected down through the years. God’s blessings upon you all.

  3. Deepest condolences to the Holley family. May God continue to bless and give you strength as you go through this difficult time.

  4. Our Dearest Hollie Family
    The Dupree-family wanted to express our deepest condolences to you all at this difficult time and to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and it will stay that way for we know it is hard now but the sting of death can carry on so we are very sorry for the loss of your beloved one.

  5. Grampa,

    I will never forget the amazing impact you had on me throughout my youth and adulthood. You will forever be an inspiration to me. I love you!

    Your grandson,


  6. Grandpa James,

    I have many fond memories with you. You should me how to rack the yard, talked about your car. Jermaine and I always enjoyed spending the night staying in the basement we always made you laugh. I know there is no more pain for you and I take comfort in that.

    Love You Always 🙏🏾

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