Obituary for Abigail Holley (1982-2021) – Greensboro, ND

Holley, Abigail Coy


Abigail Coy Holley flew like a shooting star across our Greensboro skies. After a brave and brief battle with cancer, Abby was welcomed into the loving arms of her faithful Lord Jesus on Reformation Sunday, October 31st. Everyone who knew her was aware that her relationship with him was the most important thing in her life and informed about everything she did.

Abby moved to Greensboro in July 2019 to complete her PhD in singing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Blessed with a beautiful, warm mezzo-soprano voice, she sang the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and the Principessa in Suor Angelica at UNCG during her short time in Greensboro, and she performed with the Greensboro Opera in Pagliacci and last summer in Eastern Music on festival collaboration, Summertime and the Livin ‘is Easy. “Before coming to Greensboro, she was a lead solo singer on productions of The Gondoliers, The Yeoman of the Guard and The Pirates of Penzance with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston also a gifted teacher, she served as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the UNCG School of Music, leading classes in Singers’ Diction, Class Voice and teaching private singing lessons.

Abby not only immediately impressed everyone who heard her sing, but also with her wonderful skills as a pianist. Abby was a mainstay and favorite in the Well-Spring Life Plan community, playing music from the 1930s and 1940s and classic films during dinner hours and for a special program that was taped and broadcast to all Well-Spring residents. She also played the piano at services at Christ Covenant Church and served the community with the passion and love she played with.

Abby was definitely an “old soul” and loved classic literature and movies, and often joked that she was born of the wrong generation. Originally from Houston, Texas, she was an avid swimmer and loved the beach. She was excited to move back to the country’s mid-Atlantic region near the Atlantic Ocean, where she and her family vacationed in Ocean City, NJ. She and her husband David loved their frequent trips to the Outer Banks and tried to visit as many lighthouses as time allowed. Abby also had a love of tall ships and decorated the living room with many model replicas of the Mayflower, Cutty Sark, HMS Victory and others.

Abby leaves behind her loving husband David and his three sons Jordan (Madison), Jonathan and Joshua. She is also survived by her father James Coy, mother Susan Coy, and brother Ian Coy from Houston. You will miss her sweet Siamese cat KoKo and her companion Lily very much.

The family welcomes guests to Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel on Sunday, November 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and Abby’s life begins at Christ Covenant on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm Church with the Reverend. celebrated officiating Neil Stewart.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made at Christ Covenant Church, 811 Jefferson Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410. Online condolences can be found at

Published by Greensboro News & Record on November 6, 2021.

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