Thomas Grady Holland
Thomas Grady Holland, 86, went to be with his
Heavenly Father Thursday, January 18, 2007,
Thomas was a loving husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather. His church, family and friends were very dear to him. He had a wonderful gift for gab and never met a stranger. Ann Demrow, one of his daughters, said,
"If we could pick and choose our earthly parents, I truly believe my brothers and sisters
and I would have still chosen him for our father. He taught us truth, honesty, and
integrity, and he lived by the Golden Rule. He knew something about everything there was
nothing he couldn't build or repair. He was Mr. Fix-It .
He always had a smile on his face and a kind word in his heart."
After returning to Miss., Thomas began his 35-year tenure at the G. V. (Sonny)
Montgomery VA Medical Center in Engineering Service in Jackson. He retired in May 1981. He
was an active member of Midway Baptist Church for over 50 years where he served as a Deacon
and as a member of various church committees.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Fennis G. and Edgar Felton Holland; and sister, Lillian Ruth McAdams. Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Alice V. Holland; two sons, Dr. Thomas V. Holland (Debbie) of Milton, Fla., and Samuel G. Holland, Clinton; six daughters, Lynda Lackey and Alison D. Furr (Tim) of Madison, Brenda S. Hamilton (Scott) of Daphne, AL; Ann H. Demrow (Greg) of Clinton; Regina L. Dennis (Jeff) of Las Cruces, N.M.; and Karen J. Holland of Keo, Ark.; Grandchildren Kim Richardson (Pepper) of Sumrall; Kirby Lackey (Shawn) of Tupelo; Tommy Holland, Jacksonville, FL; Michael Holland (Christina), Macon, GA; Mattie Jones (Tim), Milton, FL; Ron Demrow (Laura), Clinton; Elena Dennis, Las Cruces, NM; Joeray Holland, Keo, Ark.; Bryant and Bethany P. Furr of Madison; Great-grandchildren Kristin Sanford (Eric), Hattiesburg; Nicole and Jamie Stafford, Sumrall; Lacey and Stacey Demrow, Clinton; and Seth Jones, Milton, Fla..; brothers Luther E. Holland (Gayle) of Raytown, MO; Alton D. Holland (Juanita), Charleston; and Kenneth B. Holland (Mary) of Lake Charles, La.; sister Ruby W. Howard, North Fort Myers, Fla., and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Midway Baptist
Church, 5609 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS 39209, or to American Ex-Prisoners of War, 3201 E.
Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010-539.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 1/21/2007.