Alden William "Shorty" Holloway, 87, died peacefully surrounded by
family at Kadlec Medical Center on January 1, 2013. He was born on January 26, 1925
in Moko, Arkansas.
He started his music career at age 5 sitting on the counter of the country store
singing a song and sang base vocals at church. Shorty lived in the Tri-Cities for
69 years. He worked on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a teamster
driver and on the Alaska pipeline. He became a professional musician who entertained
thousands throughout the country with his live performances, records, CDs, and television
Some of the artists he performed with were Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagner,
and others. Shorty was an accomplished musician who played the guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo,
and steel guitar.
Shorty not only loved his music but also his family. Many summers were spent fishing
at the lake house he and Polly built. He also traveled to Puerto Rico, Fiji, Australia,
Alaska, and a Caribbean cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Shorty is survived by his wife of 68 years, Polly Holloway. They met at Salem High School
in Salem Arkansas. After graduation, Polly moved with her family to Washington State.
Shorty followed his high school sweetheart to Washington and they were married in Sunnyside
on September 20, 1944.
He is also survived by his daughter Dianne Greenwald (husband Wendell Greenwald), son
Aaron Holloway, and five grandchildren: April Knight (husband Ron Knight), David Wilde
(wife Melinda Wilde), Megan Holloway, Kate Holloway, and
Zach Holloway, as well as sig great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Kadlec for their
support and compassion during this difficult time.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Memories at Sunset Event Center at 915 By-Pass Highway, Richland, WA at 3:00 PM.
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