Spessard Holland Iii
1955 - 2014
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Spessard Lindsey Holland, III

Spessard Lindsey Holland, III, son of William Benjamin Holland and Claudia Croy Burton, was born in Lakeland, Florida, on September 23, 1955. He lived his first seven years in Winter Haven where his father practiced law but was a resident most of his life in Tallahassee, Havana, and Carrabelle, Florida. Spessard died surrounded by his family on August 4, 2014, at the age of 58. He was a proud namesake and grandson of former Florida governor and U.S. Senator Spessard L. Holland, Sr.

A 1973 Florida High School graduate, Spessard subsequently earned certifications in electronics and in radio and television repair from Lively Vocational-Technical School. He worked for many years at Monk's Office Machines, a local family-owned business, followed by its corporate successors Danka Corporation and Konica Minolta, Inc. His ability to repair complex machinery was unparalleled, which he always attributed to the close team of professionals with whom he worked. His clients loved him.

Spessard married the love of his life, Theresa "Cricket" Gunnels, on November 28, 1997, in Apalachicola, FL. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed and respected all aspects of the natural world. He deeply loved the sea and underwater life. Some of his happiest memories were of fishing with his brother and friends in the Gulf. Spessard also enjoyed working with his hands and inventing. He built two wonderful homes, one in Havana and the other in Carrabelle, largely with his own hands, with some help from loyal friends.

Spessard is survived by his wife, Theresa "Cricket" Holland of Havana, Florida; mother, Claudia C. Burton, and brother, William B. Holland, Jr., of Tallahassee; sister, Claudia "Toi" Holland McBride and her husband, Dr. Randy McBride, and their son, Wyatt McBride, of Fairfax, Virginia; stepson, Delaney Johnson, and granddaughter, Rylee Johnson, of Tallahassee and Bristol, Florida, respectively; aunt, Gail Croy of Tallahassee; and numerous loving cousins and other relatives.

Spessard was preceded in death by his father, William Benjamin Holland; paternal grandparents, Spessard L. and Mary G. Holland; and maternal grandparents, George P. and Minnie L. Croy.

Spessard requested that memorial contributions be made to Big Bend Hospice (1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308; www.bigbendhospice.org), the ALS Association (1275 K Street, NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20005; www.alsa.org), Carrabelle Cares (701 Marine St, Carrabelle, FL 32322; www.carrabellecares.org), or to a charity of the donor's choice.

The Memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee (120 West Park Avenue Tallahassee, FL. 32301)

Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com)






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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014.
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23 entries
August 28, 2014
Dear Cricket: I was so saddened to hear about your husband's passing. You had left so suddenly that I didn't even get to say good-bye to you. I'm sorry for your loss and hope you will contact me when you are able. Love your friend-Carol Kennedy 284-1993
Carol Kennedy
August 10, 2014
Spessard leaves behind great memories for his family and friends and he will be missed. My heart is with you, Cricket, and his family.
Marty Wright
August 9, 2014
Deepest condolences to you all on your loss. Cricket, I have missed crossing paths with you at work and was so sad to learn of Spessard's illness and passing. Take care.
Robin McCallister
August 8, 2014
Spessard was a dear friend. I will miss our long talks and his smiling face. He was truly a great man. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.
Donna Honcell
August 8, 2014
Hugs and prayers to you Cricket.....I have no other words as my heart is heavy for you. Love you, Phyllis Kirkland
Phyllis Kirkland
August 7, 2014
I didn't know Spessard personally, but through his Son Delaney I new he was a great man. The inspiration he put on Delaney was awesome. I feel Delaney's strong outlook on life is an example of Spessard Holland's teachings.
Donny & Becky Godwin
August 7, 2014
I met Spessard in 1996 when we both worked for Danka. I lost touch with him over the years. He was a very good man.
Tracy Rainey
August 7, 2014
Cricket and the Holland Family:

My deepest sympathies and best wishes to you all. I have fond memories of Spessard back when we were kids just hanging around doing what kids do. I know that he has has found peace after his fight with this illness. May you find peace after now he has moved to the next place.

Bill Moore
August 7, 2014
To all of the Holland family. I was heartbroken to hear about the loss of Spessard. Though I hadn't seen him in many years, I will always remember him as an old friend who was an important part of my growing up all those years ago. God bless, Katherine Leigh Reeve
Katherine Leigh Reeve
August 7, 2014
one of the really good guys always a pleasure to see him
Lew
August 7, 2014
To the Holland family - my grandfather,Bob McClure Sr., worked for Governor Holland many years ago. So I have heard wonderful things about him my entire life. I am so sorry for your loss - prayers are with you and your family.
Leila McClure
August 7, 2014
It was an honor and honestly fun to work with Spessard for 15 years at Monks Office Machines.He was a dear friend and truly one of the kindest people i have ever known. Love You Brother!
Ken Nichols
August 7, 2014
I had the pleasure of knowing Spessard in high school .... he was always a joy and a very caring person. Peace be with you and your family. Much Love, Debbie Easom-Hill
August 6, 2014
So sorry for the loss of a fine man. I'm an old family friend from Bartow - my dad was friend of Spessard's dad. Haven't been close but still sorry to hear this news. Wishing healing and happiness for the family in the months ahead.
Christopher Pipes
August 6, 2014
Dearest Cricket, Roberta and I were so saddened to read of the loss of your husband. He must have been a wonderful gentleman. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.
Roberta and Jim Patty
James Patty, MD
August 6, 2014
Spessard was a good person,friend and a great co-worker. Always willing to help anyone who was in need. He will be missed by many who had the pleasure to know him. Look over us buddy till we meet again.
Phil & Marie Mola
August 6, 2014
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Steve Edwards and family
August 6, 2014
Dearest Cricket and Family,

I cannot even comprehend the grief and sadness that you are all feeling to have such an amazing person taken far too early from you. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Spessard for the last 10 years or so when he was working on the dream home in Carrabelle. Spessard was one feisty, fun-loving, hardworking, gentle, enlightened spiritual kind of guy that never lacked for something to say?. He will be dearly missed….wishing him tight lines and following seas.
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kind Regards,

Debi Williams
debi williams
August 6, 2014
Spessard was always a nice delightful person when he would come to our office to service our copier. He always was smiling and loved to share stories about his Mother. He will be missed. May God be with his family in the days ahead.
danielle peterson
August 6, 2014
Spessard was our copier repairman and was always a delight, loved hearing about stories he shared about his Mother. He was always smiling..he will be missed. May God be with his family thru the days ahead
danielle peterson
August 6, 2014
Spessard had a gentle spirit with his kind ways He was such a talker. I always enjoyed hearing about how he built his houses. I so enjoyed going to the Carabelle house especially.I know he loved it there and fishing was his passion. He was concerned about Cricket and his mother. We all assured him they would be surrounded with our love. Spessard will be missed with a place in our hearts always.
Marjorie Granger
August 6, 2014
'May the Lord's peace and comfort be with you in this time of loss.
Steve Scott Family
August 6, 2014
Spessard was a white-hat kind of guy, always rising to the highest and best for family and friends. When we talked last, he spoke of his love and concern for the love of his life, Cricket (Theresa), and the fact that he regretted so much that you and his mother, Claudia, would have to suffer along with him. He was well aware of his own fate and faced it bravely with his mind made up to make things as easy as possible for you and his mom. Spessard is loved and cherished by all who know him. I hold the Holland Family in my heart at this precious time of Spessard's passing. The beauty of this gentle soul will be missed.
Donna Anderson Burns
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