Per request, 90-year-old Lonnie Holloway was buried on Tuesday in the front seat of his 1973 Pontiac Catalina. The unusual service, which took place at Rock Hill Baptist Church in Saluda, South Carolina, also included Holloway’s hunting guns, placed in the trunk, and some extra cash – a $100 dollar bill placed in his pocket. Apparently this was the final wish of Holloway, who had died a week earlier on September 3.
Apparently Lonnie Holloway was known around town as the kind of guy to be “stylin’ and profilin’”, or at least according to his cousin Leila Dunn. Another cousin, Johnny McCloud, said, “He was a unique individual. He said when he died, he didn’t want to leave his guns here because somebody might take them and shoot somebody, so he took them with him.”
The pastor at the service had this to say: “This day will be burned in our memories for years and years to come because ‘us’ ain’t never seen nothing like this before.” The hundreds in attendance responded, “Amen.”
After Lonnie and his ’73 Catalina had been buried, a concrete slab was put atop the grave site to keep looters away from the guns or the car.