Erving P. “Sonny” Holliday

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Erving P. “Sonny” Holliday age 80, Sunrise December 16, 1940 and Sunset April 13, 2020 passed away peacefully.

Preceded in death by parents, Clarence Jackson and Bessie (Boarders) Jackson; brother, William Jackson; sisters, Gloria Peters and Evelyn Jackson; son, Bashon Rose Sr.; daughter, Laureen Holliday; and grandson, Bashon Rose Jr., Ronald Stephens and Deacon Raymond Wheeler; brother-in-laws.

Erving graduated from East High School. After high school Sonny relocated to New Jersey for many years, he sang with Bobby Hendricks and the Drifters. He graduated from Kean College in 1982. Sonny was retired as a licensed welder. Sonny was a former member of the VFW Post 3764 Men’s Auxiliary and the Olentangy Elks Lodge 521.

He is survived by life partner of thirty-three wonderful, wonderful years, Hazel Ellison (Little Sister); sons, Gregory McQueen, Brian Rose, Orlando Holliday, and Ricky Holliday; daughters, Bridget Rose, Tracy Holliday, Lorraine Holliday, Phyllis Holliday and Nicole Holliday; sister-in-law, Lois Stephens (Florida), Sandy (Rev. Joseph) Finn of Roselle, NJ., and Chrystal Wheeler of Somerset, NJ; 33 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Jimmy Austin, Roger Brown (Gypsie), Lowell Latham, Ruth and Bobby Hendricks, and Audrey Davis and a very special niece, Patricia Peters.

Private services Thursday, April 23, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Aunt Hazel, words can’t express how much my heart breaks for your loss. You can certainly take pride in knowing that you took EXCELLENT care of Uncle Sonny and you left nothing undone. May God’s grace and peace sustain you during your time of sorrow. Weeping shall endure for a night, but joy, sweet joy will cometh in the morning.

    I love you,
    Ramona

  2. Dear Aunt Hazel and family, my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Monica

  3. I thank God for your many years here on earth Sonny, and thank u for the many years you and Hazel shared together; may your soul rest in a heavenly peace. Love Valerie

  4. To My Dear Sister Hazel , Our Hearts are Broken For The Loss of Your Loving Husband and Our Brother Inlaw! It Hurts So Much Not Being With You At Such A Time Like This Please Know That We Love You and We Will Continue To Keep You In Our Prayers!! Remember Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal!! I Love You!!

  5. Bobby and Ruth Hendricks

    Helen we can’t begin to tell you how sad this news has made us. Bobby and Sonny have been friends since they were little boys and we are so glad that they got back in touch with each other. They enjoyed singing together and talking about the old days when they were growing up. I’m so glad that we spoke to him a few weeks ago. He will always be be loved and surely missed. Deepest condolences from Ruth and Bobby Hendricks.

  6. My Dear Sister Hazel please find comfort in knowing that you are not alone My heart was broken when I heard God called Sonny home JOB WELL DONE MY SISTER 33 years of Companionship was not an easy task but you did it you TOOK CARE OF HIM like he was a KING and SPOILED HIM ROTTEN my hats off to YOU !
    I can’t be there with you in person but I am there with you in spirit REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER-IN-LAW May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Bring you peace and comfort now and forever more
    LOVE AND MISS YOU Cookie

  7. Ruth and Bobby Hendricks

    Hazel, we can’t begin to tell you how sad this news has made us. Bobby and Sonny have been friends since they were little boys and we are so glad that they got back in touch with each other. They enjoyed singing together and talking about the old days when they were growing up. I’m so glad that we spoke with Sonny a few weeks ago. He will always be loved and surely missed. Deepest condolences from Ruth and Bobby Hendricks.

  8. Michael & Michelle Hairston

    Dear Hazel, I pray the peace of knowing Jesus Christ surrounds you and gives you strength. Although Sonny is gone, God has not left you. He holds you in His bosom. I also pray that you will live life with vigor and purpose because God has more in store for you.

    Once again my heart is deeply crushed, we have lost the last patriarch of our family, Erving “Sonny” Holiday. My grandmother, my mother, and her siblings have passed on, they are in the presence of the Lord. A generation has finished their life’s journey.

    There’s not enough tears to fill the hole in my heart, not enough glue to put the broken pieces together again. But there is a Balm in Gilead and there is healing in His wings. (Mal. 4:2) I submit to His sovereign will. Be blessed.

    Peace and Love,

  9. To my Loving sister Hazel first of all my heart pours out nothing but love and very fond memories of Sonny sharing time together will never be forgotten Raymond Sr. and Sonny together was monumental their conversations were intellectual ,humerus and most of family oriented my most memorable time with Sonny was when he came over our house to talk with Raymond about retiring from his job you see the two of them worked in construction for more than thirty yes after their conversation Raymond felt comfortable about retirement and that’s the kind of man Sonny was . His conversations were to the point and most of honest even though he used a lot of cuss words- So my third sister you can lean on me now as I have leaned on you I’ll always be there .i love you with all of my heart.
    Your Baby Sister Chrissy ( CW)

  10. Dear Hazel, may God rap his arms around you with his love, and encourage while you are mourning. Lots of love to you Necee from Tennessee.

  11. Joe & Tosha White

    Aunt Hazel, I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well – wishes during this time of loss. May you find strength and comfort in the presence of the Lord. My heart is broken and deeply saddened by the loss of uncle Sonny.

  12. My Dearest Auntie Hazel, My heart breaks for you as you lay your life long partner to rest. We all loved Uncle Sonny but God loved him best. We are all there in spirit with you during this difficult time. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding. Love & miss you.

    Nichelle (Nikki) Green

  13. Dear Hazel, I was sorry to hear that Sonny had passed. Not able to be there with you physically but you know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you, Linda

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