HOLLAND, Willard Raymond "Chic"Graveside funeral services for Mr. Holland, age 95 of Cookeville, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Elmwood Cemetery in Springfield, TN. The family will receive friends Friday evening, November 12th from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Chapel of Dyer Funeral Home, and Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN. "Chic" died Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born October 29, 1915 in Robertson County, TN to the late Gilbert Ezbon Holland and Bessie Jane Dorris Holland. Mr. Holland was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cookeville, The Noon Rotary Club and volunteer with the Cookeville Depot Museum. He also held the distinction of being a founding member and past President of the TMEA and the TVPPA. He also served Cookeville as manager of the Cookeville Electric Department for thirty years and was the Safety Director for our City. "Chic" was very active in our community. serving as a volunteer with many local organizations. His family includes a son, Willard R/ Holland, Jr. (Jean Fort) of Savannah. GA and two daughters, Bettye Pupo-Walker (Enrique) and Sandra Heinrich. both of Nashville. He was grandfather to ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild and a loving companion, Christine Clifford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Byrum Holland; his parents; a sister, Peggy Jo Holland Tilley; a daughter, Melba Mitchell and sons-in-law, Bill Mitchell and Rick Heinrich. DYER FUNERAL HOME, (931) 526-7158.
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Published in The Tennessean on Nov. 12, 2010