Joseph William “Joe” Holland

July 6, 1930 - December 28, 2020
Joseph William “Joe” Holland


Joseph William “Joe” Holland age 90 of Wilmington died Monday, December 28, 2020 at his home.

Joe was born in Wilmington, NC July 6, 1930 to Charlie P. Holland and Sally Congleton Holland.

Joe spent most of his life in Wilmington except when he proudly served with the National Guard, US Navy and the US Army and Army Reserve retiring with the rank of Lt. Col., he was a true patriot serving his country. He graduated from the US Army Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Joe worked at B&W for 31 years and later worked at General Electric until his retirement. Joe was a member of Harbor United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #10, and the BPOE Elks Club in Wilmington. Joe enjoyed traveling with his wife to Florida every winter; when at home he enjoyed boating, fishing and net fishing, shrimping, floundering, and oystering. He held many fish fries at his home inviting his family, friends and neighbors. He is well remembered by his children, as coaching many little league baseball teams during their youth. Joe was a friend to many and was loved and admired by his family and many friends.

Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Doris Smith Holland; children, Joseph W. Holland, Jr. and wife Luz, Danny Holland and wife Ginger, Patti Holland, Rex Sasser, Dean Sasser and wife Miriam, and special family Craig Yarboro (whom he treated like his own son), as well as numerous other friends and neighbors; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Sasser and daughter in-law Debbie Sasser.

Due to the Covid-19, the family has planned a graveside service 2 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Greenlawn Memorial Park led by Rev. Russ Nanney and Rev. Ray Warren. If attending please wear mask and observe social distancing.

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  • December 30, 2020
    Julie (Russ) Hoff says:
    Uncle Joe was so funny, generous and committed to his family. I'll never forget his Christmas Eve parties in Channel Haven. May his memory be a blessing to you all.

  • December 31, 2020
    Evelyn Fitzgerald says:
    Sweetest, kindest Christian heart-Joe was a true friend for many years. It will be difficult to see Doris without him, but he will be there to greet everyone he left behind. Enjoy Heaven, Joe. No one deserves that more than you. ❤️

  • December 31, 2020
    Shannon Davis says:
    Fond memories of Christmas Eve with Joe and Doris - He was a good friend to my father and mother. Loved his cooking! You will be missed

  • January 04, 2021
    Craig Yarboro says:
    I cannot even begin to discuss the numerous acts of kindness Joe (and yes Doris) have given me through the years. Joe was an extended father to me after my father's passing in 1987 and I have many fond memories of him going out fishing and those wonderful Easter egg hunts, with real money. During his life with Doris he always went grocery shopping because she did not like to go. His love for her showed throughout their marriage of 47 years. His passing is a loss to all of us and I will always remember his love and kindness to family and extended family

  • January 04, 2021
    Candy Malaney says:
    I remember Joe loving to do Fish Fries with all his friends. Very thankful for his very first one for Harbor UMC to help raise money for the purchase of land. He was without a doubt a very loving and caring friend.