George L. Holloway Jr.


George L. Holloway Jr., 75, a labor union activist for many years, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Howard Park United Methodist Church, 5020 Gwynn Oak Ave.

Mr. Holloway, who lived on Howard Park Avenue, retired in 1980 from the international staff of the United Auto Workers, on which he had served since moving to Baltimore in 1963. He helped with contract negotiations and did other work for locals in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Holloway went to work at the International Harvester plant there in 1947. He was among the first black machine operators at the plant. He became a union committeeman after helping to organize the plant workers.

From the late 1930s until 1947, he worked as a Pullman car porter. As a member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, he signed up more than 500 new members in 1942.

He began working in 1936 at a Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Memphis, but became a porter after helping in an unsuccessful union organizing drive there.

The Memphis native was a graduate of Manassas High School and attended the Tuskegee Institute for three years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Hattie Johnson; a son, George L. Holloway III of Clinton; two brothers, Samuel White of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. Robert B. Holloway of St. Louis; and three grandchildren.

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