Charles Edward Holland, 84 died Sunday February 11, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born in Sumter on June 24, 1933 he was the son of late Hoyt Holland Sr. and the late Cora Lee Brown Holland. He was a member of Gateway Baptist Church in Sumter.
Charles served in the United States Army from 1959-1962 serving as a Military Police at the US Embassy in Paris, France. He then went on to serve the Sumter community as a firefighter with the City of Sumter Fire Department from 1962-1991 retiring as Assistance Fire Chief.
Charles’s passion was for anyone who knew him well would be the volunteer work he did with the Southern Baptist Association Missions Program. He served in the Mission Field from 1985-2003 assisting missionaries from fourteen different counties.
Other notable memories that will come to mind when people think of Charles Holland would be the times he served as a Boy Scout Leader in the 1950’s, the Jesus Sticks he made for missions work, the Dulcimer’s he made and played, the harmonica he would always have handy to play a tune or two, or the pack of gum he always had to give to kids and the song he was always singing - “Swing Low – Sweet Chariot”.
Survivors include three daughters, Virginia (Ginny) Holland-Yonson (Pete Hulon) of Sumter SC, Robin Holland-Wells (Gary Phillips) of North Myrtle Beach, SC; April Holland-Reed (Jason) Dunellon, FL; one son, Charles (Chad) Edward Holland Jr. Sumter, SC; eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; seven half brothers and sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, and his ex-wife and caregiver Rita Riles Dunlap.
He was preceded in death by his brother Hoyt Holland Jr., and a sister Mattie Louise Holland Richardson.
Funeral services will held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the rev. Charles Ahtonen officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Sumter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be five of his grandsons, Travis Yonson, Kevin Yonson, Jamie Brunson, Justin Brunson, Eric Holloman, and a close family friend Robbie Croft.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to the Southern Baptist Association Missions.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home & Crematorium is in charge of the arrangements.