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Coach Benny Hollis

Coach Benny Hollis is absent from the body and present with the Lord.

Funeral services honoring the extraordinary life of Benny Hollis, 71, of Monroe, LA will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe with Rev. Warren Eckhardt and Rev. David Worthington officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.

Benny was born on July 13, 1939 in Bernice, LA and passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011 at his home, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Benny was a faithful Christian servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of North Monroe Baptist Church since 1970. He was a Deacon and taught Sunday School for many years.

Benny was preceded in death by his mother and father, Aunean Green Hollis and Aylmer Hollis, as well as, his brothers-in-law, Drew Nolen and C.L. Hinton, Jr. and best friends, Lenny and Jo Fant.

He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, De'Lane Cooper Hollis; son, Jay Hollis and wife Jennifer Richardson Hollis; daughter, Bonnie Hollis Texada and husband, Dr. Richard Texada, Jr.; two precious grandchildren, Emily Claire Texada and Evan Hollis Texada; sister, Ernestine Hollis Nolen; sister-in-law, Carolyn Cooper Hinton; nieces, Kim Hinton Adams, Connie Nolen Humphries, and Molly Nolen Apple; nephews, Randy Hinton, Aaron Hinton, and Paul Nolen; aunts, Ruth Lovelady Farrar and Helen Colvin; as well as many great nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and friends.

Benny was a graduate of Bernice High School and Northeast Louisiana University. He also attained his Masters Degree from Northeast Louisiana University. Benny coached basketball at St. Matthews High School, Neville High School, Louisiana Tech, and Northeast Louisiana University. He was also the Athletic Director at Northeast Louisiana University and University of Tennessee-Martin. He accomplished many honors through his career and loved all the young men that he coached. After retiring from N.L.U. in 1994, he became the Athletic Director at University of Tennessee-Martin for six years. Three of his most treasured honors were Mr. Louisiana Basketball (1982), Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame (1988), and the ULM Hall of Fame (2003).

Benny was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered as a giving person, always serving others. He knew the importance of tradition and was a true southern gentleman.

A special thanks goes to William Bryant, Mattie Higgins, Pear Lee Elliott, and Ruth Grey.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the North Monroe Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pallbearers will be Paul Nolen, Del Vines, Bob Anderson, Carl Kilpatrick, Jere Stripling, Roger Green, Barry Bailey, and Mike Vining.

Honorary pallbearers are Randy Hinton, Aaron Hinton, Joe Green, William Bryant, and all of his former players that he coached in high school and college.

Online Registry/Condolences:

Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Rd., Monroe, LA.

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Published in The News Star on Mar. 14, 2011.
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April 10, 2011
I was fortunate enough to be a student and basketball player at st. matthews high school; coach hollis first job out of college. I really looked up to him and respected him. he was a very dedicated coach, and a great tribute to the coaching professon. God rest his soul.
wayne lasuzzo
March 16, 2011
Our prayers and sympathy to the Hollis family. Benny was a good man admired by all who knew him.
Henry & Linda White
March 15, 2011
De'Lane, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ann Paine
March 15, 2011
Coach Benny convinced me at a young age that a short person with not as much athletic ability could play basketball and make an impact. Defense son defense. How I remember the time he took with me at La. Tech Camps along with Coach Scotty and Coach Eagles. Without his passion to teach even 10 year olds the game I would not have had the success I had in High School to play the game and make a diffrence. Above the physical things he taught the most important was that men of integrity, character, and courage was even more worthy and he lived it ! Thanks coach and to all of the family, my condolences and prayers are with you in the days to come. Richard Kilpatrick, Ruston , Louisiana
Richard Kilpatrick
March 14, 2011
Though we occasionally sparred during my time covering NLU athletics, I never left Coach Hollis' office without thinking that he was a good man to deal with. Infinitely reasonable and quick to find something to laugh about in good and bad times, Coach was one of the good ones. Jack Mitchell (Little Rock, AR)
March 14, 2011
As a freshman at Northeast, benny was our floor proctor in our dormitory. He was always able to keep us "under control" in spite of our ongoing "kid stuff." He had a sense of humor even when he was mad as a "wet hen" and he displayed a unique leadership quality for a young man during those years. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all of the ULM family.
Larry Rambin
March 14, 2011
What a wonderful family! We'll miss Mr. Benny,but we know he's smiling down on us from heaven. Love and prayers to the Hollis family. Love, Amy, Jay, Caroline and Joseph St, Romain
Amy St. Romain
March 14, 2011
I have many wonderful memories of Coach Hollis. Most of all I remember his sense of humor. No matter how tense the situation was Benny could always break the tension with a gentle jab or poke to your funny bone.

I will miss Benny's slip-up-on you and disarming negotiating skills too. He was a good role model for all.
Ed Biersmith
March 13, 2011
I have so many wonderful childhood memories growing up at the Hollis home. Love and miss you, Mr. Benny. Always, Darla
Darla Harvey
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