In Memory

Jack Holley (PHS -Teacher And Coach)

Dr. Darrell Lee Holley also affectionately known as “Jack” of O’Fallon, Missouri, was born on February 14, 1931 in Flat River, Missouri, a son of the late Earl Benton Holley and the late Leola Bertha “Tince” (Wininger) Holley. Jack went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the age of 91. 

Dr. Jack entered the US Marine Corps. in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954. While in the Marines he traveled to Korea, all over the Pacific and Pearl Harbor. Jack was a talented drummer and played in various bands during his service including: the Marine Corps Big Band and the Marine radio and television show called “At Ease”. In addition, he also served as an instructor at MCRD San Diego Field Music School. After his five years with the Marines, Jack traveled back home and took a job at a smelting plant in Herculaneum.

Dr. Jack returned to college in 1955 where he earned five degrees: A.A., B.S., M.A., Education Specialist, and Ph.D. He spent forty-four years in public education in Missouri as a teacher, coach, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. In 1985, Dr. Jack formed the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC). This organization is a “protected self-insurance program” or pooling arrangement that was designed to provide property and casualty coverages for member school districts. This program grew from 45 districts to approximately 475 districts. 

Jack's first teaching position was at Fredericktown in 1958. He taught history and physical education and coached football, basketball and track at the junior and high schools. In the summer, he ran the city parks and recreation program and was a lifeguard and swim instructor at the pool.

Dr. Holley was high school principal, teacher and coach at Doe Run, where his basketball team's record was 25-6. There he recalls helping a player's mother earn her GED and go to college; she is now a retired teacher.
He was a teacher and coach for the next six years at Pattonville before serving as its director of business for l O years. He installed a computer in the Pattonville business office in 1968.

He was associate superintendent of business affairs for the Special School District of St. Louis County and later for the Mehlville School District. He also served as interim superintendent for one year at the Special School District.

During his administrative career, Jack was a member and officer in the Missouri Association of School Business Officials, or MOASBO. He also was a national speaker on school finance and computer applications as a seminar consultant for IBM, and his programs were used by school districts across the country.

In the mid-1980s, schools encountered an insurance crisis with very high insurance rates in the commercial market. Jack led MOASBO to sponsor legislation that would enable Missouri public schools to organize and develop a property and casualty insurance program owned and controlled by public school administrators. The Missouri United School Insurance Council, or MUSIC, was created. It has saved school districts millions of dollars in premium costs. Jack served as executive director of the council for 12 years. Under his leadership, the program grew to include about 40 school districts, mostly in the St. Louis area, and then to more than 200 districts statewide. Today MUSIC has 480 member districts. Since his retirement in 1997, the council has presented 54 annual $2,000 college scholarships in Dr. Holley's name.

Those who remain to treasure his memory include his loving and devoted wife, Erma (Britton) Holley of 66 years; two daughters: Terri Lee Riffee (husband, David) and Amy Tinsley (husband, Barry); foster son, Randy Tracy (wife, Jodi); seven grandchildren: Matthew Riffee (wife, Amanda), Tracy Riffee, Daniel Riffee (wife, Ashley), Kyle Tinsley (wife, Sandy), Kayla Brownlow (husband, Mark), Claudia Holley and Jacob Holley; eight great grandchildren: Tyler, Owen, Jude, Killian, Emma, Kinsley, Tinsley, and Benjamin; A host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

In addition to Dr. Jack’s father and mother, he was preceded in death by his son, Randall Scott “Randy” Holley; grandson, Randall Scott "Jack" Holley Jr.; two brothers: Dr. Harold Benton Holley and Joseph Earl Holley; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Rev. John Leonard and Allie Minnie Britton as well as dear brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and extended family members.

A time of visitation will be held on Saturday, November 12th, 2022 from 9:30 AM until the time of his Funeral Service at 12 PM at Huchens-Stygar Funeral Home, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St Charles, MO 63304 under the direction of DeClue Funeral Home of Potosi. Dr. Randy Curtman will be officiating Dr. Holley’s service. Musical selections will be “Sweet, Beulah Land”, “It Is Well”, and How Great Thou Art”. Interment and final prayers will follow at St. Francois Memorial Park, Bonne Terre, Missouri. 

*In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marine Corps Musician Association, 7 Moultrie Court, Beaufort, SC 29907. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

DeClue Funeral Home was honored to have served and ministered to the family of Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley

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11/08/22 04:24 PM #1    

Rich Akins

Coach Holley was the best basketball technique and game coach I ever experienced in high school and college!   His folksy sayings made things stick in your brain.  Like "sucking eggs" when he was referring to certain defensive situations....  I don't believe we ever lost a basketball game due to "coaching error". 

He was also very friendly and had a constant smile on his face!  He was genuine and real and was the penultimate "team" coach.  I have lots of positive memories as a result of my years knowing him!!  May he Rest in Peace!!   

11/09/22 11:46 AM #2    

Robert Hotchkiss

There is so much about him and his life that I never knew.  He really had an impressive life. He was trully a great coach and a mentor to me.  I have nothing but really good memories of him throughout life and I feel fortunate that our paths crossed in my early years.  RIP coach.

11/10/22 07:43 AM #3    

Phil Sullins

Really liked Coach Holley and Coach Houston, both great guys.

11/10/22 10:46 AM #4    

Donald Kimmel

My initial remembrance of Coach Holley was during an assembly in the PHS gym. He played drums on stage to the tune of "Midnight in Moscow". Everyone in the audience was blown away by his talent that few of our classmates knew he possessed.

I also had him in Drivers Training and remember his witty comments about students driving ability (not mine, of course) and the car that had dual controls on passenger side where he sat. He would take us over on the steep decline coming out of parking lot at Holman Jr. And make us stop half way up the decline, set the parking brake and then teach newbies how to feather the clutch and accelerator then releasing the parking brake without killing the engine or rolling back down the decline. I think the training car may have had a clutch or two replaced during the school year.

I was also the last player cut from basketball tryouts. He was a very good evaluator of talent - cuz I had very little of it..... Never held that against him...........

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