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6/27/16

Death of a Classmate - William C. Holland - 15th Co




His favorite color was blue--Carolina Blue!!! And his favorite sport was every sport that UNC was playing.

William Gaston Holland, 86, passed away on June 14, 2016, at the Robin Johnson House in Dallas.

A man who received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina prior to joining the United States Navy and attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Graduating from the Academy, William served four years as a Naval Officer. After serving his country proudly, he returned to the University of North Carolina where he received his law degree. Mr. Holland was an elected Judge prior to practicing law in Gaston County for many years. He was a big part of our community and will be greatly missed but never forgotten. William's family had a close connection with the formation and development of Gaston County. His great grandfather Daniel William Courts, served as treasurer of the State of North Carolina, and his great-grandfather Jessee Holland was a founder of Gaston County and provided the land for the location of the first courthouse in Dallas. James White, also a great-grandfather was a North Carolina State Senator who introduced the legislation which created Gaston County, then a part of Lincoln County. Dr. Ephraim Brevard Holland also a grandfather was a Civil War surgeon.

William's father, Dr. George Courts Holland, interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York before he practiced medicine for 28 years in Bluefield, WVA. He also practiced Law, earning a Law Degree after he became a physician. Dr. Holland was Mayor of Bluefield, WVA for several terms.

William was the son of the late George Courts Holland and Osie Douglas Pasour Holland. At the time of his parent's marriage, they were 54 years old and 26 years old respectively. They lived in Dallas where they raised their six children. William's father was 65 years old at the time of his own death and William was only one year old. William is preceded in death by two sisters: Ellen White Holland Shuford and Margaret Diana "Peggy" Holland Farrar; three brothers: George Courts Holland II, Daniel Courts Holland, Sr and James White Holland Sr. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 22 years, Jessie M. Holland.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held 2:45 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Dallas Baptist Church, 407 West Trade Street, Dallas, North Carolina with Reverend Barron Lee and Reverend Eddie Piercy to officiate the service. Music will be under the direction of Ralph Peedin and organist Ted Huggins. Active pallbearers are Courts Holland, Reverend Barron Lee, Ken Harris, Mike Cloninger, Harry Runyon and Reverend Eddie Piercy.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Graveside and committal service with military honors accorded by the Gaston County Honor Guard and the United States Navy will follow at Long Creek Cemetery, 210 Long Creek Church Road, Dallas, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested by the family to be given to Dallas Baptist Church - Senior Adult Ministry, 407 West Trade Street, Dallas, North Carolina 28034.

Those wishing to express words of sympathy and share fond memories are asked to visit William's guest book at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored and compassionately serving the family of William Gaston Holland.

Carothers Funeral Home
312 West 2nd Ave
Gastonia, NC 280524093 
(704) 867-6337 

Published in Gaston Gazette on June 16, 2016


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