Death of U.S. House Nominee (James) Terry Holcomb (R-TN) (c1946-2011)
- (James) Terry Holcomb was the Republican nominee for Congress from Tennessee-5 in 1986 and in a January 1988 special election. Obit didn't state where he died (presumably Nashville) or the exact date of death (though it would be January 2011) or where he is to be interred.
HOLCOMB, James Terry "Terry" Age 64 of Nashville, TN and formally of Washington, DC. Preceded in death by his parents, Bettye and James William "Bill" Holcomb. Survived by his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Holcomb; daughter, Wendy Holcomb Burch of Nashville; sons, James "Jimmy" Terry Holcomb, Jr. of Los Angeles and David Wayne Holcomb of St. Louis; grandchildren, Isabella Holcomb, Anastasia Holcomb and Jack Holcomb; brother, Tony Holcomb. Mr. Holcomb was a graduate of Vanderbilt University; he also received a MA from the University of Memphis and ABD from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Holcomb's life included several career paths: 1968 to 1985 he focused on communication education and theatre; 1986-1997 he was a political activist, government employee, and international consultant with U.S. government agencies, foundations and the United Nations; from 1998 forward he was working in international business and marketing. He had recently returned to teaching at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. He also taught at Montgomery Bell Academy, Walter State Community College and the University of Tennessee. In the political and international arenas he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th district, in 1986 & 1988; Chief of Staff for the Honorable James M. Inhofe, US House of Congress; Trainer for the Foreign Service Institute; Project Director with International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) for Ukraine and Interim Project Manager for Russia. In the field of international business and marketing he was Director of International Sales for Europe and Asia with Election Systems, a consultant for Davis Cabinet Company and President of Holcomb Trading Company. Visitation will be at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, 5120 Franklin Road on Sunday, January 30th from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, January 31st at 11 a.m. The service will be Monday, January 31st at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider the American Heart Association - 1818 Patterson Street 37203; 615-340-4108.
Assistant Professor (Cumberland University)
B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1968
M.A. University of Memphis, 1975
Office Location: Labry Hall, 226
Mr. Holcomb joined the Cumberland faculty in January 2010. He has broad experience in education, performing arts, government, business, and international consulting. His work includes seventeen years as a teacher and twenty-five years as a communications professional.
His teaching and performing arts experience includes three years at Montgomery Bell Academy, where he received the Bell Dedication Award; seven years as Assistant Professor and Director of Theatre at Walters State Community College, where he was named "Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year" in 1978; and a Karl Bickel Fellow at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was founding director of the Germantown Theatre in Germantown, Tennessee, 1973-1976. He has conducted numerous communications seminars for U. S. Government agencies, including the Foreign Service Institute of the U. S. State Department, the National Park Service, NASA, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Defense.
Mr. Holcomb has completed assignments in government and international projects that include service as: Chief of Staff to a member of the United Congress; Chief of Party in Moscow and in Kiev for the International Foundation for Election Systems; Communications Consultant in Kazakhstan for the U. S. Information Service; and Assistant to the Commissioner in the Tennessee Department of Conservation. He has provided on-site election assistance to numerous organizations including election authorities in South Africa, Liberia, Moldova, Romania, Estonia, Guyana, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
Mr. Holcomb devoted much of the past ten years to work in international import/export business. He was Director of International Sales, Europe and Asia, for Election Systems and Software, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska; and Director of Sales and Marketing for Davis Cabinet Company, Nashville, Tennessee. He manages design development and quality control for clients and manufacturers in China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He has also worked as communications and marketing consultant to a number of businesses, including Preston Trucking Company in Maryland and the National Power Corporation of the Philippines.
Mr. Holcomb is a poet and playwright whose work has been published in Southern Theatre in 1974 and 1975. He has a number of articles published by the International Foundation for Election Systems, including: Election Day: A Model Democracy Curriculum, 1994; Russian Students Practice Democracy, 1998; and Leadership in a Democratic Society,1992,translated into Romanian (1992), Hungarian (1993), Russian (1994), Estonian (1995), and Ukrainian (1995) and used in leadership training seminars.