Hollis Cone

  • Born: January 14, 1942
  • Died: January 26, 2014
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Dunbar Funerals and Cremations

3926 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205

Tel. (803) 771-7990

Tribute & Message From The Family

COLUMBIA - Memorial service for George Hollis Cone, 72, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from noon until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A reception will follow the service at Defender Services, 9031 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209.
Mr. Cone died Sunday, January 26, 2014. Born in Pensacola, Fla., he was a son of the late George Bliss Cone and Annie Clyde Miller. He was raised in Cottageville, S.C. and was a 1964 graduate of The Citadel. Mr. Cone served on several executive boards including the Indian Waters Council Post 553 Boy Scouts of America, past executive board for South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, Board of Directors for Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), and Clemson University Pace Board. Mr. Cone served as past Lions Club President in Irwin, N.C., and was a member and supporter of the Citadel Brigadier Foundation. He was a long time supporter of March of Dimes, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association. During his career he served as the CEO of Defender Services.
He is survived by wife, Deborah DuBose Cone of Columbia; son, Ashley C. Cone (Kristin) of Columbia; daughters, Dr. Courtney O'Brien (David) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Dr. Holley D. Cone of Charleston; grandsons, Spencer Hewitt, Holden Cone, and Branson Cone. Mr. Cone is also survived by stepson, William H. Hussey III (Amber) of Charleston; step grandsons William Hussey IV and Hudson Hussey.
Mr. Cone was predeceased by his first wife Beverly Baker Cone.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, PO Box 423, Columbia, SC 29202; The Heart of the Healer Alliance (www.heartofthehealer.org), P.O. Box 1505, Black Mountain, NC 28711; or The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Salt Lake City, UT 84096.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I wish you the best in your travels! You destroyed mine. 12 years wasted just because you couldn't stand to lose!

Posted by Joycelyn    August 18, 2014

Just found out.... Amazing memories.. My heart goes out to all of your family. An amazing man and father..prayers and love for a very special family.

Posted by Michelle Gentry - Surfside Beach, SC - Childhood father's friend   February 11, 2014

The world has truly lost a wonderful man who knew the real meaning of kindness and love . I had the pleasure of working with Hollis for 28 years as a Defender employee and as his friend . I will always remember his smile and sense of humor . Hollis will be truly missed and Heaven has gained a loving soul, From Carol and I love to Deborah and the entire Cone Family

Posted by wayne huggins - columbia, SC - co-worker   February 05, 2014

Courtney - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have always held you and your family in such high regard and remember so many great times with all of you...you, Ashley and Holley are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy. Kathy Sanders Hollis

Posted by Kathlyn Sanders Hollis    February 01, 2014


Deborah, my heart is so heavy. What a wonderful man, gone to soon. Daddy and I send all our love and prayers. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Till we meet again. Love you Deborah.

Posted by Brandy Sessoms - Roseboro, NC - friend   January 31, 2014


We will miss you Hollis I know my father BC will enjoy talking to you again . We will miss you Hollis. You were a great man and father.

Posted by Kathy Inabinet Laney - Myrtle beach, SC   January 31, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss, what a wonderful man, who will be missed by so many! My heartfelt sympathy to you and the family.
Meredith and Robert Repik

Posted by Meredith Repik    January 31, 2014

We are thinking of you during this time of sadness. We will miss Hollis more than words can express. His kindness, humor and generosity will never be forgotten.
Dudley and Sandy

Posted by Dudley Jones and Sandy Stohlman - Savannah, GA - Cousin with wife   January 31, 2014

We will miss you Hollis I know my father BC will enjoy talking to you again . We will miss you Hollis. You were a great man and father.

Posted by Kathy Inabinet Laney    January 31, 2014

I would like to express sincere condolences to the family of Hollis. He was a childhood friend and schoolmate.

Posted by Carl Strickland - Cottageville, SC - Friend   January 30, 2014

Robert and I were deeply saddened when we heard of Hollis' passing. Robert grew to know Mr. and Mrs Cone while training their dog, and kept in touch with them throughout the years.

On behalf of Dog Training in Your Home, Robert Varney, and myself, we offer our sincere condolences to Mrs. Cone and their family. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Julie Davis - Columbia, SC   January 30, 2014

We regret we can't be there tomorrow or Tuesday. Our deep condolences.

Posted by Elizabeth & David Richardson - Belmont, MA - cousin of Deborah   January 30, 2014

A very unselfish and great person who help make the world a better place.

Posted by Ed Linser - gastonia, NC - friend   January 30, 2014

Sending all my love and prayers to Deborah and family. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kathryn Mackey Dillon - Jupiter, FL - friend   January 30, 2014

Dear Ashley and Kristen,

We are sorry to hear about Hollis. Just want you to know you are in our thoughts.

Lee and Barbara Collims

Posted by Lee and Barbara Collins - Columbia, SC - Friend   January 30, 2014


What a Great guy and one of two classmates that ever visited me since I live on the West Coast and have for the last 45 years.
I have many, many memories with Hollis while attending The Citadel. We had some great times and he was never anything but the best friend you could ever ask for !

My prayers and loving thoughts go out to all of his family, many friends, and fellow classmates. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Joel Archer - West Sacramento, CA - Classmate   January 29, 2014

We're very sorry for your loss. Hollis was a good man. Wish we had not lost touch.

Mark & Susan

Posted by Mark and Susan Gullette - Nashville, TN - friends   January 29, 2014

True southern gentleman with a very kind heart. Although retired I still have a letter he sent me over 25 years ago. Will be missed greatly!!

Posted by Parker Martin - Columbia, SC - Business related   January 29, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Every time I had the pleasure of being around Hollis he was so kind and always had a smile on his face. I know he is going to be greatly missed! You and your sisters be sure to cherish all those special memories and hold them dear to your heart!
Love and hugs,

Posted by Whitney Catalano - Columbia, SC - Sister-in-law   January 29, 2014

•Someone as special as Mr. Hollis will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Posted by Maria Santana - Hopkins, SC - co-worker   January 28, 2014


Millie and I are deeply saddened to learn of Hollis passing and wanted to express our condolences to you and your entire family.
We have not met Hollis's children but look forward to meeting them in the future.
I have been fortunate to share many occasions with the Dubose and Cone families and hold same as cherished memories.
Every time I saw Hollis he had a warm, infectious smile, firm handshake and conversations filled with laughter.
With our sincere sympathy and love,
Paul Grimsley and Millie Strome

Posted by Paul Grimsley - Hampstead, NC - Friend   January 28, 2014

Hollis, thank you for all the fond memories I had growing up with your kids. I will never forget the July 4th cookouts, the vacations and Clemson football games. You were always a class act and touched many with your kind heart and gentle soul. Prayers go out to the family with my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Gary Gerstenberg - Friend of the Cone Family   January 28, 2014

This was my wonderful boss for 23 years and best friend since 1978 when I meet him. He had a heart of Gold and loved all people from all the janitors and laborers that worked for him on up. I cannot begin to Honor this man and do justice to him. He believed in me and my ability to do the job even though my education was all on the job training and school of hard knocks . Thank you Lord for putting him in my life I am a better person because of him .He will alway hold a special place in my heart. Go rest high on that mountain. God took a good one home. <3>

Posted by Georgia Seagle - Columbia, SC - Controller of company for 23 yea   January 28, 2014

so sorry for your loss he was a great person. The varney family

Posted by robert varney - lugoff, SC - friend   January 28, 2014

Hollis I will miss your smile and wit. I know your family will find comfort in memories shared. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Joye Hanna - Columbia, SC - Employee   January 28, 2014

Hollis was a great man that held a special place in mine and Mandy's heart. The times we shared with him were always the good times. My best memory of Hollis was in December of 2008. During a time of tragedy in mine and Mandy's life, Hollis, Debra, Bill and Amber invited us to join them for a quick getaway to NYC to "heal". Hollis's straightforward, sit back and enjoy attitude was just what the doctor ordered. I will miss you Bubba!

Posted by Will Davis - Murrells Inlet, SC - Friend   January 28, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family, during this difficult time.

Hollis was such a great man.

Shirley Middlebrooks Spires

Posted by Shirley Middlebrooks Spires - Irmo, SC - Friend   January 28, 2014

Please know I am thinking of you. Thoughts and prayers your way. God bless.

Posted by Kathy Kivett    January 28, 2014

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your Loss. May each passing day reveal to mind a fresh new memory of one you loved so dear. May you find comfort in knowing there are those who care deeply.

Posted by Jimmy and Marilyn Floyd - Little River, SC - Friends   January 28, 2014

Sending love and condolences from North Carolina.

Posted by Wellie and Tara Jackson (friends of Mandy and Holden Dubose)    January 28, 2014

The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends our deepest sympathies to the Cone family.

Posted by Greg Dunbar - Columbia, SC   January 27, 2014

Family Album

January 2011
Hollis & Yancy

Family Album

Hollis and brother-in-law Charles DuBose
Hollis "Bubba" with Hudson

Family Album

Poppy with boys at school for Grandparents' Day
Thanksgiving 2008

Life Stories

Ashley, Courtney and Holley,

I am so sorry for your loss. You all have been on my mind constantly these past few weeks. I will never forget all of our wonderful 4th of July celebrations at the beach. Hoping the happy memories of your Dad will bring you comfort now and always!

Dear Deborah and Hollis's children. We are so saddened by the loss of Hollis. There will forever be a whole in our hearts and a day will not go by without the thought of him. He not only became a co-worker with Jaggy but a close friend. Deborah, who could ever forget the good times had at your house and ours or the Clemson games. Memories we will cherish the rest of our lives. The last time we saw Hollis was at Sanjay!s wedding and his laughter filled the room, along with Vhis sweetness and kindness. Deborah, remember the time John Earl at our house came around the corner with a towel on his head and a belt around his hand going to scare Jaggy like a snake charmer, and Hollis swimming in the pool and jumped up to give Jaggy a big kiss? How about the time Hollis and all of us were looking for John Earl and he was sitting on our silk carpet trying to make it fly? Memories he gave us to last a lifetime. He will be greatly missed. Our love to all of you. Jaggy and Nancy

We send our deepest condolences in the loss of a true friend and mentor to many who worked for Hollis over the years. We will always remember his wonderful smile and humor. His desire to see "The Best" in others and always giving of his time and sharing his talent with all he met.

Deborah I know Hollis was your soul mate and true love - thank you for sharing
Him with all of us over the years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.

Hollis was an amazing person and will be missed !

Sending hugs and much love to you and your families.