The Springhill-North Webster Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Dr. Sam Holladay has been chosen as the Christmas Parade Grand Marshal for 2023. The Chamber Parade is set to roll on at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 25, with a fun theme of “Elves on Parade”. The parade will start at South Main Mall and proceed north on Main Street turning right on Clinic Street traveling around the Civic Center and stopping at the triangle. Immediately following the parade, the public is invited to attend Christmas in the Park hosted by Springhill Main Street. There will be free carriage rides, barrel train rides, caricatures, bounce house, games, and face painting. Food trucks will be available for food purchases. Santa will also be in the park for pictures. Bring your own camera.
Dr. Sam Holladay, Jr. has dedicated his life in Springhill caring for patients at Springhill Medical Center and Doctor’s Clinic. Dr. Holladay went to public schools in Louisiana and attended Northwestern State where he earned his M.S. degree. He later earned his Master of Education at LSU-Baton Rouge. He taught high school and coached at Baskin, Louisiana for two years. He decided to attend New Orleans LSU Medical School where he graduated in 1957. He completed his residency in 1959. He moved to Springhill on July 1, 1959, and two days later began work at Doctor’s Clinic and Springhill General Hospital. The hospital at that time was located on First Street NE. In the early 70’s, a new hospital and clinic was built and now known as Springhill Medical Center and Doctor’s Clinic. Dr. Holladay retired from full-time practice at the age of 75 and continued part-time at the clinic and emergency room. He completely retired the year of Covid. He is currently 94 years old.
Dr. Holladay during his career worked with LSU medical students, President of Webster Parish Medical Society, and Delegate to Louisiana State Medical Society. He is a member of Springhill Methodist Church and active in many activities. He is married to his lovely wife Frances. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and football, especially Springhill and LSU.
Again, the Chamber encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the day to kick off the Christmas season with shopping at the Mistletoe Market, Pictures with Santa in the Civic Center, participate in the Cocoa Crawl, run in the 5K race, Christmas parade at 5 p.m. and end the night with Springhill Main Street in the park!