Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Jerry O’Neal Holland Sr., went to be with his Heavenly Father on August 31, 2020. He passed to Eternity with his wife of 62 years, Jeannie, and his five children, Jerry Jr., Mike, Sherri Taylor, Christi Johnston, and Nikki Gibbs, by his side.
Jerry was a Godly man and a member of Union Valley Baptist Church for over 32 years. He was a dedicated, loyal man who loved his Lord, wife, family and country dearly.
He was born September 1, 1938 in Dyess, Arkansas. A man of humble beginnings, he was raised with his 7 siblings, Darrell, Arthell, Wendell, Eula, Lee, Carrell, and Joyce, by his loving and nurturing parents, Vernon and Icelean Holland. He was a stellar baseball player and graduate of Dyess High School, Class of 1956.
He married the love of his life, Jeannie Sanders, on September 18, 1958. He cared, provided, adored and loved her for over 62 years. Together they raised their five children. Jerry and Jeannie were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Retired Sergeant Major Jerry Holland proudly served this country for more than 33 years, attaining the highest enlisted rank possible. He served at Central High School during the time of the Little Rock Nine. A veteran of Vietnam, he served in five countries and across the United States, before retiring in September of 1987.
Visitation will be held at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, 404 W. Dewitt Henry Drive, Beebe, Arkansas Sunday, September 6th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Union Valley Baptist Church.
State of Arkansas COVID-19 directives: Face coverings required at all times. Maintain social distancing. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com
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