Jan. 1, 2011 Huntsville Madison County Alabama, USA
Joseph Noble Holland, age 69, of Leighton, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today at Leighton United Methodist Church. He will lie-in-state 1-2 p.m. His son-in-law, Greg Woodall, is officiating. Burial will be in King Cemetery.
He was a lifelong member of Leighton United Methodist Church, served on the CB&S Bank Advisory Board, past chairman of FSA County Committee, Alabama Farmers Federation Soybean State Board, Colbert County Cattleman's Association, LaGrange Historical Society board of directors, King Cemetery Trustee among many other committees through the years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Jerry Holland; his mother, Grace Fennel Holland; and brother, John Fox Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Smith Holland; daughters, Grace Fennel Holland, Donna Rebecca Holland Woodall (Greg) and Mollie Ruth Holland; granddaughters, Ashlyn, Rebecca and Lauren Grace Hollard; brother, Jerry Holland; and nephew, Jeremiah Holland. Pallbearers are Gabe Carter, Roland Gargis, Cameron Isbell, Charles King, Greg Masterson, Nathan McCollum, Terry Powell and Dr. John Waddell.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. James Ashmore, James Bingham, Ronald Brunley, Clay Dean, Leon Fitzgerald, William Hall, J.P. Harrison, Preuitt Holland Jr., James Jones, Paul Jones III, James Jordan, Jack Manley, Fred Marthaler, Jerry Saint, James W. Smith, Dr. Merdith G. Waddell, Harry Clay and Thomas Pennington.
Special thanks to SICU nurses and doctors at Huntsville Hospital, Dr. Mike Hendon, Leighton United Methodist Church, Adam King and all his friends who have helped on the farm.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude or The Shannon House, Huntsville.
"The true measure of a man is how tall he stands in the eyes of his family."
The dictionary defines "noble" as a well known notable of a superior nature. There has never been a man who exemplified these qualities as Joseph Noble Holland. Noble was a lifelong resident of Leighton, where he not only farmed, but was everyone's best friend.
He was a loving husband to Donna for more than 47 years and the most caring father to all his No. 1 girls. When not working, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends, also dancing with his girls.
He was a philanthropist by definition, devoting most of his time to helping others. He exuded style, grace and charm and was the epitome of a true Southern Gentleman.
He shared his love of the land with all he encountered. Although we on earth are left with an un-fillable void, Heaven was blessed the day he entered.
Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, is directing.
Published in Florence Times Daily on January 4, 2011
MEN KILLED IN CAR CRASH
Two Lawrence County men were killed in a wreck in Lawrence County on Tuesday, while a Colbert County man was in critical condition after being flown to Huntsville Hospital after a separate accident.
In a separate accident in Colbert County, officials said Noble Holland, 69, Main Street, Leighton, was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday on Fennel Lane.
Witnesses at the scene said emergency crews initially feared the man had died but established a pulse. He was transported to Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield.
The wreck occurred at Fennel Lane south of Sixth Street in Colbert County.
The white Ford pickup Holland was driving came to rest in a cotton field after leaving the road and flipping several times.
Trooper said Holland was northbound when his vehicle topped a small rise in the road, went off the east side of the road, crossed back over, then ran off the west side.
The truck traveled more than 200 feet through the cotton field, flipping a number of times before it came to rest on all four tires facing west. The truck was about 50 feet off the road when it stopped.
Debris from the truck left a trail from where it left the roadway to where it stopped.
Emergency crews said someone driving by on Fennel Lane saw the truck and called for help.
The accident is being investigated by state troopers at the Quad-Cities post.
Published in Florence Times Daily on December 29, 2010
... NOTE: this article has been shortened, leaving out the part that is not related to Noble Holland.