W. L. “Bill” Holland

May 30, 2014 • Obituaries

HollandServices are scheduled for noon, Monday, June 2, 2014, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, for W. L. “Bill” Holland, age 79, of Dexter, who passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at his home. Pastor Danny Sons of Midway Family Church, will conduct the service. Roswell Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors, at the private family burial.

A visitation will be held from 5 until 7 PM, Sunday, June 1, 2014, at La Grone Funeral Chapel.

Bill was born March 29, 1935, at Portales, NM, to Wilbur and Ollie Holland. Both parents and his step-father, [auth] Marion Baker, preceded him in death, as well as two brothers, Jim and Raymond Holland.

He was a skilled carpenter, and learned the trade in the Sea Bees. He served his country for 5-1/2 years in the U. S. Navy and was proud to do so. He was a carpenter by trade but a cowboy at heart. He enjoyed his horses and loved to ride and rope until his health failed. He always said the best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse. He was of the Old School where a handshake was binding. He lived by the motto “Never Give Up.” His hobby was target shooting, and taking Jeanice to the Casino.

He married Jeanice Findley in 1977, in a double ceremony with his aunt, Thelma Sullins. Jeanice survives him at the family home.

Other survivors include his daughters, Deb Crossman and her husband Jeff and two granddaughters, Nanci and Demi of Livonia, Michigan; Tina Perry of Austin, TX, granddaughter, Shannon, and her husband, Rick Aviles and their three precious children, Hunter, Ashton and Londyn of Pflugerville, TX, with another great-granddaughter expected, Harper Holland Aviles. Also surviving is a son, Casey Findley of Spokane and four grandsons, Ryan, Jason, Andrew and Noah.

He also had an extended family member (son) Michael Koonce, and a sister Christine from Midland, TX.

Friends may make memorials to Gentiva Hospice or Roswell Humane Society or charity of their choice.

Special thanks to Dr. Gabrielle Stiller and Gentiva Hospice for their loving and professional care.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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