David Levelle “D.J.” Holliday, 4, was born Dec. 19, 2014 to David L. and DaVette Holliday. He was a happy, healthy, strong and extremely bright child with an infectious smile. D.J. was diagnosed in the summer of 2018 with an extremely rare cancer and lost his fight Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
D.J. attended exercises and agility training at The Little Gym located at Landstown Commons in Virginia Beach. There, he excelled in running, jumping and walking on the balance beam. He demonstrated great leadership abilities. All of the other children would stop and follow his lead, sometimes to the dismay of the teachers. One teacher commented, “Everyone knows and loves D.J.”
At two years old, he attended Emmanuel Episcopal Day School. He astonished his teachers because he could recognize and read, not only his name, but all of his classmates’ names. Being an avid reader and a tech-savvy child, he mastered the use of Bible Story Applications, YouTube, ABC Mouse.com and other learning tools on his iPad, tablets and smartphone.
D.J. spent a lot time with his friends, Daniel Tiger, Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob Square, and his best friend, Thomas the Train. He enjoyed puzzles, painting, coloring, building cities with his Thomas the Train Superstation and building blocks with his dad. He also loved making music with his personal miniature instruments and had a heavenly singing voice.
D.J. was preceded in death by his older sister, Monica Turner; paternal grandmother, Rachel Spraggins; and paternal grandfather, David Taylor.
He leaves to celebrate his life, legacy and cherished memories, his parents, David and Davette Holliday; grandparents, the Rev. David and Hattonia Holliday; aunts and uncles, Sandra Hudson (Henry), Charles Spraggins (Sam), Ernest Spraggins (Michele), Shawn Allicock, Antawn Holliday (Olga), Brenda Moechoe, Alethia McRae, Carolyn Taylor and Vernon Darden (Janice); special little cousins, Sydney, Peyton and Jazmine; and a host of other cousins, great-Aunts, great-uncles other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of D.J. Holliday to Edmarc Hospice for Children, 516 London St. Portsmouth, VA 23704; Ronald MacDonald House, 506 Alexander St., Durham, NC 27705; and Duke Pediatric Bone Marrow Family, 1400 Morreene Road, Durham, NC 27705. Please make checks payable to Duke University with PBMT FSP in the memo line.
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