Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Leland Holland , Sam Holland, Bill Holland and Margarite Holland at the home of David M. Holland in Fairplay, TX

Leland, Sam, Bill and Margarite at Fairplay, TX

Leland Holland , Sam Holland, Bill Holland and Margarite Holland at the home of David M. Holland in Fairplay, TX

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  1. All but James William Holland (called Bill in this photo) have died. Leland Holland died recently:

    Leland Holland

    Funeral services for Mr. Leland R. Holland, 84 of the Del Ray Community in Panola County, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2008 at First United Methodist Church in Carthage with his sons, Steve, Tim, and Terry Holland and Reverend Rick Shepherd officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. A graveside service with full military honors will follow in Walton Cemetery under the auspices of the V.F.W. Post # 4002, Longview. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Holland went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday morning, November 12, 2008 in Carthage.

    Leland R. Holland was born May 5, 1924 in Fairplay to Mordie and Lois Allison Holland. Mr. Holland was a lifetime farmer and rancher in Panola County. He was known for his expertise in hay forage production, and was often consulted by ranchers seeking his advice. He was also a building contractor for over 20 years, building numerous homes in the East Texas area. Leland served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. He served as Sunday school superintendent at Ebenezer United Methodist Church for 40 years. He was a longtime 4-H leader and member of the Panola County Junior Livestock Committee. He served on the Panola County A.S.C.S. board for several years and was president of BUILD EAST TEXAS in 1983. He served on the board of education for the Carthage I.S.D. from 1973-1983. He was a three time president of the Panola County Cattleman’s Assn. Mr. Holland was instrumental in the planning and construction of the new state of the art Carthage High School, as well as the Panola County Youth Expo Center. He was presented the Panola County producer of the year award in 2000 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Bill Clements Memorial Award for outstanding leadership in agriculture in 2001 by BUILD EAST TEXAS.

    Mr. Holland is survived by his wife of 66 years, June Holland; three sons, Steve and wife Cindy, Tim and wife Sue of Shreveport, and Terry and wife Debbie Jo; one brother Bill of Henderson; six grandchildren, Jodie, Josh and wife Stacey, Jason and wife Kristin of Rogers, Ark., David and Matt of Shreveport, and Khakie Jo. Mr. Holland is also survived by Steve and Cindy’s adopted daughter, Rosa and her daughter Devin and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Serving as pallbearers are Mr. Holland’s grandchildren.

    If desired, memorials may be made to the Walton Cemetery Assn., c/o Mrs. Milford Groves, 130 CR 228, Carthage, TX 75633 or the Ebenezer U.M.C, c/o Mrs. Lavern Wall, P.O. Box 622, Carthage, TX 75633.

    A guestbook may be signed online at

    Courtesy of The Panola Watchman Online