Deaths of Note

Published on January 18th, 2016 |


William K. Holton, one of the first ‘Buckhead Boys,’ dies at age 93

William Kendrick Holton, who was among the first group of “Buckhead Boys” and grew up in a house at 3325 Peachtree Road where the Intercontinental Hotel is now located, died Jan. 11 at the age of 93 at his home in Brookhaven.

William K. Holton

William Kendrick. Holton

Holton was born in Charlotte N.C., but came to live in Atlanta as a young boy. He attended North Fulton High School where he was a Drum Major and a successful track and field participant. Shortly after graduation, he was inducted into the Army during WWII. He later entered the Army Air Force and completed 4 years of service.

Holton counted among his friends the former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Congressman Charles Weltner. He was also a long time member of the “After Hours” single’s club and met his second wife, the former Lou Rita Keehn, at one of their functions.

The couple spent many Friday nights at McKinnon’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, where they were part of a recent documentary about senior’s activities in Atlanta. They were also featured singers in periodic cabarets at McKinnon’s.

Holton had several notable ancestors, including his maternal grandfather, George Washington Moore. Moore, along with George V. Gress, produced one of the first patented Jukeboxes.

Holton’s great, great grandfather Thomas Jefferson Holton signed the original Charlotte N.C. city charter and founded its first newspaper, “The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal,” published from 1830-1835. The name changed to the “Charlotte Journal” and finally to the “Charlotte Whig.”

His grandmother Rachel Regina Jones Holton became one of the first femaile newspaper editors in the country when she took over the post after her husband’s death in 1860. His father, Gilmer Herriott Holton, was a member of the “Sons of the American Revolution.”

Holton is survived by his wife Lou and four children; Mrs. Barbara Bermingham, Mrs. Donna New, Carl Holton and Steve Holton, as well as seven grandchildren.

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