|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1955|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 2010|
Curry Funeral Home Obituary
June 29, 2010
Mr. Charles "Chuck" Holland, 54, of Dyersburg died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at The Med in Memphis. He was a member and past director of Mid South Riders, a Mason and very involved in many fundraising events for our community. He worked at Heckethorn Manufacturing for 37 years as a Tool and Die machinist.
Services will be at 11a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Tony Gant and Rick Crawford officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years Judy Holland, 1 daughter, Emily Davis & husband Jimmy Joe, his Father, Charles R. Holland, 1 sister, Janice Moody Choate & husband Johnny, 2 grandchildren, Gunner & Gavin Davis, 1 nephew Cory Moody, 2 great nephews Dawson and Landon Moody all of Dyersburg, 1 niece Stephanie Poindexter and husband Joey of Clarksville, TN.
He was preceded in death by his Mother, Patricia "Pat" Holland and his grandparents Ernest & Opal Hill and Bob & Nettie Holland.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Community Cancer Fund, PO Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025-1002.
Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com
Article from Dyersburg State Gazette
July 2, 2010
Anybody that knew Chuck "Chucky" Holland would tell you his heart was bigger than he was. A man, that on the day he was involved in a severe accident that would later take his life, had already been to one event to raise money for one cause and was returning from helping at the Special Olympics in Gibson County.
"The best," said Steve Littlejohn in describing what kind of man Holland was. With tears in his eyes and a happiness to talk about a man he called brother, Littlejohn said Holland may have been small in stature, but he was a giant of a man.
Holland passed away on Tuesday from injuries he sustained when another vehicle crossed into his lane while he was on his motorcycle on Saturday, June 26. Littlejohn was ahead of Holland by a couple of minutes when the accident occurred and returned to the scene to find his friend injured.
Littlejohn complimented the Dyersburg Police Department, the Dyersburg Fire Department and the ambulance service for their professionalism and response to the accident.
"They did a wonderful job," said Littlejohn. "And I want them to be recognized for that."
Holland was a founding member of the Mid South Riders in 1998 and has held numerous offices within the organization, with past director being his most recent.
During rides, Holland made sure everyone was OK and kept an eye out for his fellow riders.
"He would sweep, making sure everybody was where they were supposed to be," said Littlejohn.
He said Holland enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was planning on going to Sturgis, S.D. this year. Holland's wish in retirement was to ride the entire perimeter of the United States. One Mid South Rider came up with the idea to contact biker clubs across the nation and have a group to take Holland's picture 100 miles and let it cross the country.
"I think that's a really cool thing and I think it's a feasible thing," said Littlejohn.
Holland's other wish was to be cremated when he died and his ashes spread in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This August, that wish will come true.
"He was going to do the ride, but this year it will just be his ashes," said Littlejohn.
Carol Cumberland, Mid South Riders secretary and Holland's friend, said Holland would always be known for his philanthropy.
"Chuck had a heart of gold," said Cumberland. "He would give you the shirt off his back. He was always the first to suggest benefits and fund-raising. He was instrumental in starting the now-defunct Bikers Helping Hands, which raised thousands of dollars to help members of the community. Our first Bikers Helping Hands benefit was for little Matthew Parker who had a brain tumor. Chuck and I worked at Heckethorn with little Matthew's mother, Jessica Lee. Jessica was off work for months at St. Jude and had no income coming in. We raised $14,000 to help her with bills."
Cumberland said Holland spent endless hours and many tanks of gas asking for auction items, hauling grills, smoking Boston Butts and anything else that was needed to help others.
Holland has been a part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Run, which benefits the Community Cancer Fund, Lula Mae Dudley Memorial Toy Run, the Dyer County Sheriff's Toy Run, Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics in Gibson County and numerous other fundraisers.
"Any person, any father or mother in this world would have been proud to know Chuck Holland was their kid," said Littlejohn. "He touched so many lives. He was the person that every community in the world would love to have people like him living in."
Littlejohn's wife, Jeannie Littlejohn, said Holland loved his wife and family more than anything.
"He was married to the love of his life," said Jeannie Littlejohn. "He adored Judy. He would tell anybody, 'I've got the most beautiful wife.'"
Mark Mallory, Holland's friend and Mid South Rider treasurer, said Holland would always find ways to give more money to different causes and that he would offer to pay for things himself if it couldn't be done. He said Holland thought more of other people than himself.
"He underestimated his own importance," said Mallory.
Littlejohn said Holland was always thinking of ways to assist other people.
"Those wheels were always turning on how to help somebody else," said Littlejohn.
He said the Mid South Riders would never forget Holland and they would tell the younger members about the man that chose to help others that couldn't help themselves.
"As long as I live, he will too," said Littlejohn.
Patricia Hill Holland (1939 - 2008)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: His Ashes will be spread in the Black Hills of South Dakota during Sturgis Rally 2010
Created by: D & J Cloninger
Record added: Jun 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54294664
Added: Jul. 1, 2010
Amigo 6, What a tragic accident. Doing what you love and a drunk driver take you from us many years ahead of when you should go. Your smile and laugh will never be forgotten or your good deeds. Coming home from Trenton, TN and working at their Special ...(Read more)|
D & J Cloninger
Added: Jun. 29, 2010