Donald Lee "Donnie" Holbrook, 52, of Chattanooga died on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from injuries sustained in a plane crash.
A longtime resident of Chattanooga, Donnie was owner of Holbrook Performance Inc. since 1992. He was an avid drag racer and a member of the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) and traveled the world as a goodwill ambassador for the NHRA and touring with Top Fuel Dragsters. He was a national record holder in the drag racing industry and mentored many in the industry. He was a sponsor for the National Championship of Alcohol Funnycar.
An avid pilot, Donnie was a member of the National Pilots Association and had obtained five certified licenses.
He was also a private investigator and avidly enjoyed four wheeling, dirt biking and guns. He was a member of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his step daughter, Annette Joyce; grandparents, Hugh and Mary Holbrook, Luther Baughn and his mother in law, Mae Martin.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Holbrook; Mother, Pauline Holbrook (Wayne) Kelly; father, Marion Holbrook, both of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; brothers, Greg Holbrook, Cleveland, TN and Steve (Patricia) Holbrook, Kennesaw, Ga.; grandson, Tyler Joyce; grandmother, Nina Baughn, Chattanooga; three nieces, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, July 5, at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Reverend T.D. Burgess officiating. Burial will follow at Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life or St. Jude Hospital.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 4, from 3-8 p.m., and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.