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Holoman, publisher of Los Angeles Herald Dispatch, passes at 70 From
The Seattle Medium (July 29, 2009) John Henry Holoman, publisher of the Herald Dispatch
in Los Angeles, died on July 24. He was 70. The cause of death was not
Holoman was born on March 21, 1939 in McCaskill, Arkansas to Maejordie
and Cashie Holoman, the third of five siblings: Theodies, Frank, Barbara
and Donnell. He was affectionately known as "Sonny" to his family and
The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1943. John flourished in
his new surroundings. An avid athlete and scholar, John developed a
network of friends with whom he remained close until his passing. Though
they met for the first time at camp in elementary school, it was while
attending Lincoln High School in Kansas City where John fell in love
with Lucille Foster.
While studying Business Administration at Lincoln University in
Jefferson City, Missouri, John and Lucille married in 1958. In 1959 they
welcomed the birth of their daughter, Stephanie, on January 9th and
moved to Los Angeles six months later. He began a job with the U.S.
Postal Service. On October 23, 1960, their son Eric was born.
While working at the Post Office, John became a licensed real estate
broker and began a long career in real estate sales and development,
during which he worked on one of the first African American home
developments in Los Angeles County, Centerview, in Gardena, where the
family resided for a number of years before moving to View Park, and
then on to Lafayette Square.
In 1965, John went to work as an executive for Allstate Insurance. In
1974, John went on to work for Reynolds Aluminum where at the height of
his career he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was
named Salesman of the Year.
In the early 80s, he left Reynolds Aluminum for Home Savings. It was
during his tenure at Home Savings and Loan that he became known as the
"Original Urban Banker" and later became instrumental in founding the LA
Urban Bankers. He was among the first African American Senior Vice
Presidents of a major banking institution in the U.S.
As a business leader and activist, John became concerned with manner in
which the African American experience was being reported in the
mainstream press and decided along with Lucille in 1982 to acquire and
publish the Herald Dispatch where they worked closely with Stephanie who
managed day-to-day operations.
In the late '80s, he and Eric began Holoman Food Service where they
owned and operated 17 Church's Fried Chicken restaurant franchises.
Throughout his career, John was the recipient of numerous awards and
commendations from city, state and federal elected officials and never
stopped working; consulting for Diageo as well as family holdings well
into retirement. John was a founding member of the Black Business
Association and a member of the Board of Directors, as well as a Board
Member of the Consolidated Realty Board, Past President of the West
Coast Black Publisher's Association and a member of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association.
His interest in politics transcended partisan ideology and John,
previously a Democrat, registered and ran for the State Assembly as a
Republican in 1974, later changing his party affiliation in 2008 in
order to vote in the California Primary for our first African American
President Barack Obama.
John's civic and social activities included serving as a member of the
boards of Morehouse School of Medicine, Jackie Robinson Foundation,
founding member of the City Club on Bunker Hill and member of the
Jonathan Club, LA Guardsmen and the "Number 1" member of the LA Rat
John was deeply committed to mentoring and developing future generations
of young people as a Pop Warner coach for a number of years.
John was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother
Theodies. John H. Holoman leaves to treasure his life and legacy his
devoted wife Lucille, his children Stephanie and Eric, grandchildren
Tony, Eric and Simone, great grandchildren Tony III and Chace, siblings
Frank, Barbara, and Donnell, daughter-in-law Terri, granddaughter-in-law
Kisha, brothers-in-law John M. Foster, Charles L. Foster, Elmer D.
Garrett, sister-in-law Barbara L. Garrett, best friend of 65 years
William "Wick" Rogers and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at First
AME Church in Los Angeles.
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