February 11, 1942 ~ November 6, 2019

Born in: Indianapolis, In
Resided in: Indianapolis, In

Esley J. Hollowella


Esley, better known as “BUDDY”, was born to Nolan and Dorothy (Hill) Hollowell on February 11, 1942.  He was the third of seven children.  Buddy had always enjoyed nature.  He could spend hours fishing and being lost deep in his thoughts.  He was a master level chess player.  his other pastimes were playing dominoes, cards and listening to jazz.  Buddy was a great old fashioned “shade tree mechanic”…until the tools and engines switched to the metric system.

In 1959, at age 17, Buddy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps…Mama and Daddy had to sign for him to go in.  While in the military he earned is GED and was baptized.  His service ended in 1962 after a short time in Laos.

A while after he returned home, Buddy married Essie Mae Elliott and had two children.  He worked at Diamond Chain and with the railroads, to name two of his jobs.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Essie; brother Nolan, Jr. and sister, Dorothy Dimple Jenkins.  Surviving him are his daughter, Devona; son, Marcus and wife, Suzanne; grandchildren, Jahni Cooper-Hollowell and James Davie-Hollowell.  There are dozens of nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends bereaving his loss.

Esley made his transition on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

The family followed Buddy’s directive for cremation November 11.




Memorial Gathering: November 15, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Memorial Service: November 15, 2019 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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