Morris Holland, retired


Morris Holland, retired

TUPELO — Morris Boncille Holland, 82, died Jan. 29, 2008, at The Green Houses at Traceway after an extended illness.

Services were held Feb. 2 at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Pallbearers were Sid Ayres, Warner Bradford, Glenn Cossitt, Johnny Elliott, Jack Gadd, Ricky Pipkin, Louis Prather and Don Taylor.

Burial was in the McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat.

Mr. Holland was the father of the Rev. Wade Holland and father-in-law of the Rev. Ginger Holland of Pontotoc, both clergy members of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Mr. Holland was born March 7, 1925, to the late Fredrick and Viola Daniel Holland. He lived in Hickory Flat for 79 years prior to moving to Tupelo in 2004. He was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church. He retired from the Irwin B. Schwabe Co. in 1992 after 48 years of employment.

He was involved in Lions Club, youth baseball, was a loyal supporter of Hickory Flat School, served as alderman of the Town of Hickory Flat and was the local National Weather Service observer for more than 20 years. He loved gardening, fishing and working on volunteer building projects including renovation of the Wesley Foundation building at the University of Mississippi and the Hickory Flat Elementary School building.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Other survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Emily Johnson Holland of Tupelo; son, Lynn Holland of Tupelo; and four granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, 250 Wolfe St., Hickory Flat, MS 38633; or The Green Houses at Traceway, 109 S. Broadway, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802.