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Willis R. Holland

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LUCAMA — Willis “Bill” R. Holland, 90, died Monday, June 15, 2020.

Funeral was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Barnes Holland; daughter, Alice H. White of Wilson; granddaughter, Rachel W. Johnson and husband, R.G. Johnson, of Wilson; great-grandson, Corben Riley Johnson; step-granddaughter, Laura Carver and husband, Stephen Carver, of Clemmons; step-great-granddaughters, Kyndal Carver, Khloe Carver and Kennedy Carver; sisters, Annie Lee Barnes of Fremont, Doris Godwin of Lucama and Betty Faye Raper of Kenly; brother, Jimmy Holland and wife, Judy Holland, of Wilson; sisters-in-Law, May B. Pittman and husband, Stearle Pittman, of Greenville and Barbara Ritter and husband, Phil Ritter, of Madison, Wisconsin.

Relatives who have preceded him in death are an infant daughter, Wilma; infant son, Steven; parents, Albert M. and Cassie Lee Sullivan Holland; sisters-in-law, Sybil B. Lucas, Lucille Holland and Ruby Holland; brothers, Albert, Rupert, Willard and Wallace Holland; and son-in-law, Ray White.

Mr. Holland is a graduate of Lucama High School and the Durham Institute of Barbering. He served in the Army Medics from 1951-53. A year was served in a general hospital in Japan attending the wounded from the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge, he attended barber school and married Frances. He then joined her in Kinston and worker there until 1960. They moved back home to Lucama with their 11-month-old daughter, Alice. He opened his shop in Lucama and worked 61 years until June 2014. He was a member of Kenly Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Kenly Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 237, Kenly, NC 27542 and to the Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Road North, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive N., Wilson; www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.