William “Bill” E. Holland

Nov. 11, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

William “Bill” E. Holland, age 75 of Seymour, TN went to his eternal home Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Bill served a military career in the U.S. Army from January 5, 1952 to September 19, 1957 in both Korea and Germany. He was member of the Mountain View Baptist Church of Sevierville, TN. Bill was also an ordained deacon of Dallas Baptist Church of Daisy, TN on June 6, 1971. He was a member of Daisy Masonic Lodge #706 in Soddy Daisy, TN was initiated- October 8, 1971 passed- November 6, 1971 and raised a master mason – December 4, 1971, Eastern Star #137, Knoxville Scottish Rites, Alhambra Shriners of Chattanooga, TN, Legion of Honor Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville, TN, Shriners Burns Hospital Cincinnati Roadrunners Club, Past Master at Mountain Star Lodge # 197 in Sevierville, TN, President District 20 Masonic Officers, Sheet Metal Union Local #5, and Special Deputy of Sevier County Sheriff’s Department in Sevierville, TN.

Bill built his life around his wife, children, grandchildren, and especially his great-grandchildren. He made sure that any child, in or out of the community, whether he knew them or not, wasn’t left out, either by coaching or transporting them to events that they might not of otherwise been able to attend, or just by handing out shoes at the Scottish Rites. Children were a big part of his life and his list of contributions to them and the community goes on and on. His life brought so much joy and laughter to many, many people. You couldn’t help but smile when you were in his presence. Anyone that knew him or had him in their life was very blessed. He made the world a better place just because he was in it. We will carry his honor and spirit with us in our hearts and his memory will not fade from us. We couldn’t have asked for a better husband, dad, pawp, papaw, brother, or friend. He will be greatly missed but we will see him again.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lloyd Oliver Holland; parents, Lloyd E. and Opal J. Holland; brother, Delbert F. Holland; father and mother-in-law, William O. and Mabel A. (Price) Matthews; brothers-in-law, John E. “Smiley” Matthews and James “Buddy” Cates; sister-in-law, Wanda F. “Toot”(Matthews) Reagan.

He leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 55 years, Genell Holland; daughter and son-in-law, Janis Gibson and husband Dewey; two sons, John and James Holland; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Jo and husband, Lynn Helton, Loveta “Witty” Cates; many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Kerbela’s Shriners Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920 or Scottish Rites Shoe Fund, 612 16th Street, Knoxville, TN 37916.

Funeral Service 7 PM Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Bill Helton and Rev. Jack Hitch . Interment 11:30 Wednesday, in the East TN Veteran’s Cemetery on John Sevier Hwy with American Legion Post 104 providing military honors. Pallbearers include Aaron Dunlap, Joey Cox, Edward Holland, Brandan Perry, Brent Clapper, Caleb Holland, Steven Myers, , and Jeremy Walters. The family will receive friends 5-7PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home Sevierville, TN