Otis David Hollman Sr.


Otis David Hollman Sr., was born on July 6, 1938 in Thomaston, Georgia to George and Bessie Hollman. Thursday, December 2, 2021; he departed this life at OSU East Hospital at the age of 83.

Otis attended Drake High School in Thomaston, Georgia where he was born and raised. In 1957 he left Georgia and made Columbus, Ohio his home. Soon after he married Joanne Riley, they had six children together, Alvin M. Hollman, Melvin David Hollman, Otis David Hollman Jr, Venus R. Hollman, Anthony Bernard Hollman, and Christal D. Hollman. He also shares a son with Blanche Washington, Demetrius Hollman. He embraced the title of father to, Kenny Brown, Donta Washington, Heather, Jason, Aaron, Avery (grandfather).

Otis was a hard worker his entire life. Motivated by the love of his children he provided for his family. He worked numerous construction jobs. When he relocated to Columbus shortly after he gained employment at White Castle Corporate office for 40 years working his way up to maintenance engineer supervisor, until his retirement. He ventured out starting his own heating and cooling business providing training and mentoring.

Otis enjoyed nurturing and protecting his family sharing his many skills giving others opportunity for success playing golf, traveling, cooking, enjoying life. He was very compassionate and kind to those he met. He befriended everyone; he met no strangers.

Otis is preceded in death by his parents, George and Bessie Hollman; brother, William Hollman; sisters, Mary Jean and Beverly Jeanelle; sons, Alvin Melvin Hollman. He leaves to cherish special memories, his grandchildren, devoted children and their mothers, long-time companion, Barbarah Richardson and children, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He shall be truly and deeply missed by all who loved and knew him.

Private Visitation 11:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 12:00 PM Thursday, December 9, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Mask, Social Distancing and Tickets Required. Entombment at Union Cemetery Association. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The HOLLMAN Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com


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Condolence Messages

  1. My sincere condolences to Otis’ loved ones. I knew him for over 40 years and worked for him in his last 4 years at White Castle. He was a kind-hearted, one-of-a-kind character who cared deeply for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by so many.
    R.I.P., Big O.

    • India Granderson, Ernestine Granderson-Owens and Family

      Our condolences to the family. We are praying for strength, peace and understanding during this time.

  2. My condolences for the loss of your Dad praying for the family.

  3. Our condolences from the Clarkson family. Tam and Pam sending love

  4. Otis was a great asset to White Castle and I enjoyed by time working with him. Y our family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Otis was a sweet, kind, and helpful man who I worked with at White Castle. I admired him for his inner peace and grace and quick, quiet smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family who loved and treasured his life.

  6. My condolences to Otis’s Family. I have fond memories of him working at White Castle’s home office. May he rest in Prace.

  7. SIP Uncle Tiny❤️

  8. My sincere condolences and prayers to Venus and her family!! R.I.P Mr. Hollman!!

  9. Jacqueline Watson Gonzales

    My prayers and condolence to the Hollmans and Blanche Washington. May you find peace in arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  10. My condolence to the family. From nephew in nyc

  11. arianna hollman

    i love you in miss you everyday papa tell Gdad i said heyy for me papa i love you papa from nunu

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