Judge Harry T. Holland (1925 - 2014)

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Holland, Judge Harry T. Born on June 25, 1925 in Vina, Alabama to Mericous V. and Elizabeth Holland. He died in Dallas, Texas on July 17, 2014. He lived in Phillips County, Arkansas until he enlisted in the Marine Corps in early1942. After boot camp at Camp Pendleton, he was shipped to the South Pacific where he took part in the taking of Guadalcanal and other islands. As did many other marines, he contracted malaria and was sent to a hospital in New Zealand. After he recovered, he was sent back to join the marines at New Caledonia, New Hebrides, and Okinawa. He then served in China until his enlistment was over. He began as a marine private and by the end of his enlistment had become a sergeant. Harry retuned to Arkansas and entered Arkansas State as a junior having acquired freshman and sophomore credits through military testing. He graduated with a degree in history. At Arkansas State, he met Retta Holland and two years later they married while he was working on his Master's Degree in History at Southern Methodist University. He entered Law School at SMU and completed two years of study before he was called back to finish his USMC Reserve term. He was sent to Korea and took part in the Punch Bowl and other operations. He was a sergeant but had many duties beyond that because many officers had been killed leading the men in battle. He returned to SMU and after losing 2 semesters of law school, still graduated with his class. After several years in private practices, he became a judge with the Office of Disability and Adjudicatory Review where he retired at the age of 80 after 35 years of service. He had fond memories of the many friends with whom he worked. He is survived by wife, Retta; son, Eric, son, Jeff and his wife, Melissa; daughter, Margaret, and granddaughter, Heather. The family wishes to thank the personnel for the loving care he received at The Highlands in Dallas. Graveside service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM at Restland Memorial Park.


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Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 18, 2014
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