William M. Holland

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DREWRYVILLE—Mike Holland, 62, of Southampton County, formerly of Virginia Beach, died Jan. 30, 2014, at an Emporia hospital.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1951, in Alaska, to the late Marjorie Matthews Holland and Willie Morgan Holland.

Mike spent the later years of his life raising and selling meat goats on Holland Farm in Drewryville. He started the 4H Meat Goat Club in Chesapeake and later initiated the meat goat show for the Virginia State Fair. He was an active board member of the Greensville Emporia Ruritan Club. Previously, he was a mechanic, a softball player and an avid Redskins fan.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Nancy Naigle; a son, Michael Holland of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Michelle Justice and her husband, Tom, of Virginia Beach; his in-laws, Bettie Coffin of Emporia, Va., and Gary Naigle and Greta Gustavson of Norfolk; two sisters, Patricia Dianne Bateman of New Bern, N.C. and Margaret Ann Owen and her husband, Darrold, of South Mills, N.C.; two brothers, Richard Stephen Holland and his wife, Sheryl, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Jon Allen Holland of Virginia Beach; a brother-in-law, Richard Thomas of Camden, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Juanita Thomas, and a brother-in-law, Sidney Bateman.

Visitation will be at the Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Va., from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. in Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center who provided treatment throughout his illness: http://www.massey.vcu.edu/giving/honorary/memorial/.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.