Eula Wills Holland of Kingsport, Tennessee, born September 2, 1923, at Silver Lake, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Eula was a gracious and hospitable Southern lady who exemplified the attributes of I Corinthians 13 to all who knew her. She was born a farm girl who love the mountains and lived life to the fullest. Eula will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving, caring and compassionate wife, mother, and friend.
Mrs. Holland was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. She was a committed Christian who enjoyed attending several Bible studies. Eula used her God-given talent of being an award-winning recipient in penmanship to share her faith. Her ministry was sharing her beautiful penmanship through notes to the sick, bereaved, and those celebrating special occasions. She treasured the company of her cherished friends, Chris Blue and Jan Larkins. Her greatest joy in life was her son, Walter.
Eula was a graduate of Steed College. She and her husband owned and ran several businesses including Holland Oil Company, Holland Texaco, Oak Ridge Equipment Rental, and Tri-City Equipment Rental to name a few. She served as an executive assistant in the engineering department at Holston Defense Corporation in Kingsport. During World War II, Eula transferred to the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, installation of the secret Manhattan Project where the material for nuclear explosives was refined.
In addition to her parents, Nat T. Wills and Lucy Bauguess Wills, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter William Holland; brother, Nat M. “Junior” Wills, and sisters Erlene Wills Flinchum, and Juanita Wills Peoples; and stepchildren, William Carson Holland and Iris Holland Keller.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Walter Wills Holland; nephews, James Malcolm Flinchum and Nat Flinchum; niece, Alta Peoples Barwick; step-daughter, Erleen Holland Yessick; and step-son, Vance Maurice “Buddy” Holland.
The family received friends 5-6:45 p.m. Saturday March 10, 2018, at Oak Hill Funeral Home in Kingsport. A Celebration of Life Service followed at 7 p.m., with Brother Ed McLain officiating. Music was under the direction of the True Faith Quartet.
Memorials may be made in Eula’s honor to First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport; Bridge Home Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 654, Blountville, TN 37617; or Epilepsy Foundation of East TN, 1715 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.
Special Thanks from the Family to Melinda Gail Owens for her love and support, to her caregiver Linda Coclough, and the staff of Smoky Mountain Hospice.
The care of Eula Wills Holland and her family has been entrusted to the staff of Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services.
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