SWANSBORO - Mr. Edward Earl "Peanut" Holland Sr., 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville. A private family interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Swansboro.
Peanut, a native of the Belvoir community of Pitt County, was a graduate of Belvoir High School and attended North Carolina State University. He was a veteran having served in the United States Marines Corps during the Korean War. He began his working career in retail sales at Baker and Holland Hardware in Greenville and later spent 20 years employed with Blount Harvey in Greenville. For the past 25 years he and his wife owned and operated Bits N Pieces Island Clothing at Emerald Isle. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Swansboro.
Peanut was preceded in death by his first wife, Hilda Allen Holland in 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Myra King Holland; son, Ed Holland Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Winterville; stepdaughters, Lori King Garrison and husband, Delbert, Leigh King Lawrence and husband, David, all of Winterville, and Layne King Johnson and husband, Tim, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; stepson, James H. King and wife, Sallie, of Camden, S.C.; grandchildren, Edward "Trey" Holland III, Tyler and Kari Braxton, Clark Wallace, Justin Lawrence, Cory and Cara Johnson, Hope, Heather and Hannah King.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Swansboro, Building Fund, 614 West Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, NC 28584-8450.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Dec. 30, 2009