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Saturday May 22nd, 2021
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Max K. Holland Jr

Max K. Holland, Jr. (Kerry Holland), passed away on May 6, 2021. He was born in Chapel Hill, NC (henceforth a lifelong “Tarheel”). In the wake of Max's life he leaves his beloved children: Paige, a golden girl with a kind and golden heart. She and her dad loved each other fiercely; and Drew, his deeply loved son who was his heart and soul, and their mother and protector, Jennifer.

He is also survived by his parents, Max, Sr. who gave him his love of collecting (ahem) and his mother, Priscilla Holland; a sister, Lee Ann Gibson and her husband, Daniel Gibson; and a friend, Jackie Medina.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles Wayne Holland; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde N. Boan of Statesville, NC; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit F. Holland, also of Statesville, and his maternal grandmother, Evelyn Grice Smith. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cherished cousins.

Dr. Holland graduated from Sylva-Webster High School and received a B.A. in marketing and a B.S. in biology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He moved to Houston and attended University of Houston where he received his degree of Doctor of Optometry. He enjoyed mission trips to Honduras to help with eyecare, but his favorite activity quickly became playing frisbee with all the children.

He had a multitude of colleagues who all described him as "kind and gentle with an infectious smile and laughter." He remains known for his impeccable taste in music, which he shared with decades of friends. Max had the good sense to cultivate good and loyal friends and the good fortune to reap a bumper crop.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 21, at Appalachian Funeral Home in Sylva, from 2:00 until 3:30. An informal memorial service will follow.

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When I was in the 7th grade I transferred to Fairview School. I didn't know anyone but Kerry made sure I got on the right bus and was very nice and polite. We became good friends. I made him laugh. I told him that I would never forget his name. Kerry (Grant) movie star. His light will surely always burn bright in his descendents. Warmest wishes. I just found out he had passed.

Teresa Rickman Aug 24 2021 12:00 AM

Family, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. So many of my high school memories include Max...just about every class, same lunch period and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of traveling to Texas to compete in national QuizBowl. Oh, how we laughed! He was kind. He was funny. He was so smart. And he was humble. He was just a pleasure to know. Please know that my prayers are with you all.-Angela Nations Lovedahl

Angela Lovedahl May 21 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. You raised a fine son. Enjoy the memories. May God be with you in your time of grief. Tom and Barbara Jones

Tom and Barbara Jones May 20 2021 12:00 AM

Praying for each of you in this time of grief and sorrow. May God Bless and comfort you. Cling to one another in the love that you have always shared. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Maxine and Allen Thorpe May 19 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Max Holland Jr

Maxine and Allen Thorpe May 19 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences to family and friends! May Gods peace be with you! Jimmy Ashe and family

Jimmy Ashe May 19 2021 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to hear of Max's passing. We were in high school together and had such fun. Max always had a ready smile for anyone and a quick wit which made us all laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Traci Henderson Clark

Traci May 18 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Family, I'm so sorry about your loss. Max was always kind and a dear gentleman whenever I saw him out about town. We are praying for Jesus to give you all peace and comfort as only He can. Hold each other and talk about cherished memories. Love in Christ, Pauline Beck

Pauline Beck May 17 2021 12:00 AM

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