Leon Holland, son of William Walter and Ada Virginia (Edwards) Holland, was born July 19, 1923 in Statesville, N.C. of Iredell County, formerly known as Charles, N.C. Mr. Holland passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and friends and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
Leon was raised on a diversified farm. He graduated from Statesville High School and later managed the family farm until he joined the U.S. Navy in World War II as a Naval Combat Aircrewman. He attended Mitchell College for 1946-47 before transferring to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., graduating with a B.S. in Agronomy in 1950. He was also a member of the Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity. He traveled during the summer months, hitchhiking and taking on various jobs while working his way across the country--even up into Alaska, one of his favorite spots.
Leon married his bride, Laura Elizabeth “Lib” Kiser Holland, on March 17, 1951. They were introduced by their good friends, Lolo and Lorraine Dobson. The Hollands were married for 56 years before his beloved Lib passed away on August 19, 2007.
Mr. Holland was a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church since March 10, 1957 and served as a deacon. He sang baritone as a soloist and was a member of the choir for 40 years. Leon was also a former member of the Raleigh Rotary Club.
After selling life insurance for many years, Mr. Holland retired and enjoyed working at the Capital Area Visitor Center in downtown Raleigh. He loved learning about other cultures and welcoming people to the City of Raleigh. He was happy while working in his beautiful garden and sharing produce and flowers with others.
Leon was the last child of 10, having been predeceased by Nellie Virginia Holland, Mary Pearl Holland Troutman, a girl (deceased at birth), Annie Sue Holland St. Clair, John Edwards Holland, Nesbit Rickert Holland, Locke Holland, William Walter Holland, Jr., and Henry Harvey Holland.
Surviving are his beloved daughters, Elizabeth “Libby” Cochrane Holland and Laura Nesbit Holland of Raleigh, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A private burial service will be held in the Ed Pickard Memorial Garden prior to the memorial service. A memorial service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, with Pastor Gary Fulton officiating.
Visitation with the family will be after the memorial service in the Jane Bell Gathering Space at the church.
Memorials may be sent to White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27608 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements will be made by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street.
Libby and Laura would like to thank Toby and Cecilia Holding for their lifelong friendship with Leon and Lib, Ed and Harriet Jennings for their compassion and friendship to Leon in his final years, and Renee Spence for her love and support to Leon, Libby and Laura in Leon’s final days. We are also grateful to Dr. John Sinden and Mary McNeely, PA-C, for their compassionate care of Leon.
We will miss Leon’s servant heart, the twinkle in his eye, the laughter in his voice, his captivating stories of adventures throughout life, his knowledge of history, and the love he so joyfully gave to others. These endearing qualities inspired many to call him “Dad.”
Micah 6:8 - “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”