Anthony L. Holloway
Sunrise: April 21, 1964 ~ Sunset: November 4, 2019
Anthony Lambert Holloway was born on April 21, 1964 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He died on November 4th following a short illness. Anthony was the youngest child of U.S. Air Force man Wardell Holloway, Sr and Mary Francis Holloway. Soon after his birth, the couple moved their family to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, NE, near Omaha, where he was raised in a Christian home.
“Tony” as he was lovingly called excelled in school and in sports. It was one particularly odd shaped ball that caught his attention and would keep it for the rest of his life. Tony began playing football with Pop Warner, continuing through Bellevue West High School and into college. One of his most cherished moments was when the top ranked NCAA, Division 1, University of Nebraska Cornhuskers came calling. He played as #45 and #95 under the watchful eye of sports legend, Coach Tom Osborne and other Huskers greats.
As a starting defensive end, Tony’s aggressiveness helped lead the team to many victories and conference championships including the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls. Tony played with the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs, but a knee injury suffered during a play threw a dash in his NFL career. Tony recounted that play occurred when a 300 pound lineman fell on his knee twisting it.
Determined to win, he went back to Lincoln, completed his degree while still under scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Physics. Later, he earned a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management
Tony ran Positech computer consulting most of his life dividing time with his Fortune 500 employers including AIG/Sun America, GE Capital, and Harman International. He often took work related phone calls and worked well into the night to brainstorm system problems. It’s the same kind of work ethic that he taught to his online and classroom students at ITT Technical Institute.
In addition to his loving parents, students and Cornhusker teammates, Tony leaves to mourn his passing. a loving wife, Carol; three adult children. Devonte Anthony, Brittany Alexandra, and Blair Anthony; lifelong friend Elaine Kirby, Devonte’s mother. He will be especially missed by his ride or die, day ones. His eldest brother, Wardell, Jr. (wife Mary, daughter Tanya and son Wardell III), Allan (son, Jabari), Lori (husband Michael, children Taleya and Michael), and Andre (daughters Corin and Kalisha). His siblings were his biggest critics and his biggest cheerleaders, and Uncle Tony certainly loved teasing his nieces and nephews.
Tony, we will miss your lively debates on every subject. We will miss your barbecues by the Pacific Ocean, barbecues in the backyard, and barbecues in the kitchen. We will miss your Thanksgiving, Christmas and anytime cooking. We will miss how you challenged your kids to “figure it out” – problem solve. We will also miss how you were on the internet and intranet while everyone else was asking. What’s that?
We will also miss hearing about “the Butler” and how it will make us millions. We will miss miss you trying to explain to Carol why the kids’ pet bunnies, Hippity and Hop, should be allowed to roam the house free as birds.
We will miss you renaming the families’ Tzu-poodle, Lov Vee to Mutley, while claiming you had the hold on all the dog world. We will miss your playfulness with Lori allowing her to ride her “grown self” on your back like in childhood. We’ll also miss your conversation with your dad and brothers about business and the world. We’ll miss how you could make all the ladies laugh, but especially your “ma”.
We will miss your handstands on land and deep dive plunges in the pool. So many other stories shared by Husker’s great David Bryan, #58, and childhood friend, Derek Barnes, about your escapades. We’ll miss your own stories about Doug, Paul and the fellas. We’ll miss how you opened your own home up to a former coworker turned best friends after life dealt a temporary blow.
Mostly, we’ll miss your charm, fantastic wit, and contagious smile. A handsome, towering figure who could walk in the room and brighten up anybody’s day. Standing 6 feet 3 inches tall, 190-210 pounds with the confidence and the ability to challenge us all. Tony, you were our families’ dream maker; you still are.
Visitation: Friday, November 8th, 6:00 p.m., followed by Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.
Graveside Service: Saturday, November 9th, Noon, Bellevue Cemetery, 1303 Lord Boulevard, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Family footnote: So many of Tony’s dearest friends are finding out late. Our deepest apologies. We looked for you. Everything happened so fast. We love you.