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Steve Holland

Steve Holland

President

Born Nov. 5, 1955, Steve is the third of six sons born to J.C. and Sadie Monts Holland. A fifth generation Lee Countian, Steve graduated in l973 from Nettleton High School, from Mississippi State University in l977 with a degree in Business Administration, graduated from Northwest Community College Department of Mortuary Science in l981 and received his Masters of Art Degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2005. The Hollands are generational farmers by profession. J. C. Holland was the first Mississippian named "Outstanding Farmer of America" in l965. At their apex, they were farming over 9000 acres in three Mississippi counties and boasted their own pedigree, the Sadie J, of registered Black Angus Cattle.

Steve managed to spend almost three years in Washington, D. C. working for the late Congressman, Jamie L. Whitten and later spent time with Senator Thad Cochran. He worked for 12 years at McGrath-Rasberry Funeral Home in Tupelo, several years at W. E. Pegues and helped establish and grow, with partners, Lee Memorial Funeral Home, Mausoleum, Cemetery and Crematory in Verona, which they sold in 2000. He also previously owned Century Funeral Home in Batesville, Miss. and was a founding partner in Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, Miss. In l983, Steve was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Lee County and has continuously held that seat to the present day. He chaired the Agriculture Committee for 16 years and the Public Health and Human Services Committee for __ years.

He has won hundreds of awards for his work with the least, last and most vulnerable among us and has held several national legislative positions. A tree farmer and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Steve also serves as church organist for his home church, the Plantersville United Methodist Church. He serves on numerous boards and commissions including his passions, the Regional Rehabilitation Center which provides, at no charge, services to countless handicapped and disabled citizens all over Northeast Miss. (Board service since l973), the Sanctuary Hospice House, which he helped establish, and the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club, the world's largest. He is a 32 degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and is a nationally acclaimed speaker and writer. An avid reader and historian, Steve boasts over 1000 first edition Southern authored books in his personal library. He and his wife, the former Gloria Temple, a professional mental health therapist, live in Plantersville, a small town outside of Tupelo, where Gloria is serving her second term as Mayor. They have 4 adult children and one granddaughter and two grandsons.


Sadie Holland

Sadie Holland

Vice President/Secretary

Sadie Monts Holland is the only daughter of the late Joe Thomas and Christine Roebuck Monts. Born Jan. 31, 1933 in Lee County, she grew up in the Palmetto Community and moved with her husband and six sons to Plantersville in 1959 where they established the Sadie J Farm. Both she and J.C. and their families were honored by being named Outstanding Farm Family. In keeping with the family's commitment to public service, Miss Sadie served as Mayor of Nettleton from 1981-1985, and has presided over the Justice Court of Lee County in Nettleton since 2003.


Sis VanBuskirk Evans

Sis VanBuskirk Evans

Office Manager

Sis and the Hollands have been together for over 15 years in funeral service. She and her late husband, Roger, owned a mobile home transport/setup company for years. Sis is a "whiz" in filing insurance, knows our clientele, and can meet your needs for office assistance with ease and excitement. Sis lives in the Union Community south of Plantersville in Lee County.


Nancy Sullivan Ellis

Nancy Sullivan Ellis

Okolona Chapel Facilitator & Licensed Funeral Director

Nancy Ellis is an Okolona area native and continues to live near her birthplace with her husband, Skeet, a local homebuilder. Nancy is active in all activities at First Baptist Church, Okolona. She has grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Between the Sullivans and Ellis', she is literally kin to about everyone in eastern Chickasaw County.


Jamie E. 'Jay' Darnell, III

Jamie E. "Jay" Darnell, III

Funeral Director Apprentice, Pre-need & Marker Sales

Jay is a lifelong Okolona resident, graduate of Pontotoc High School and Mississippi State University, and a former sales associate with New York Life. He is serving as a funeral director apprentice, and oversees our pre-need insurance and grave marker department. When not designing the perfect funeral package or headstone for you or your loved one, Jay helps his family with their cattle ranch in Chickasaw County


Vicki Rushing

Vicki Rushing

Licensed Funeral Director & Pre-Need Counselor

Vicki A. Rushing is a licensed funeral director with 25 years of experience in at-need, life, and advance planning and insurance for funerals and burials. Vicki is a 1973 graduate of Mantachie High School and attended both Itawamba Community College and Birmingham Southern College, completing a 3-year program in Trust, Estate Planning, and Fiduciary Law. Vicki started a fifteen year career as an administrative assistant in the trust department of Bancorp South in Tupelo and administrative Specialist/ Problem Solving Specialist for Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, GA.

She lives in Tupelo with her husband, Bro. Danny Rushing, who pastors at Dorsey Baptist Church. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Vicki is the organist for the church, and enjoys doing charitable work and helping others. She operates a sewing business, “Vicki’s Originals,” from her home, specializing in the design and tailoring of formal wear and window treatments. Vicki has a creative, entrepreneurial mind in developing new products for the marketplace.

Vicki joined the Holland Funeral Directors staff in November, 2011.


Mason Fields

Mason Fields

Funeral Assistant, Licensed Cremationist, & Media Specialist

Mason Fields is a Junior at the University Of Mississippi - Tupelo Campus, concentrating his studies on Business and Marketing. He is a graduate of Tupelo High School and joined Holland Funeral Directors in August of 2014. 

Mason spends a large amount of his time, doing work that makes a funeral a success. Mason works to create programs, bookmarks, grave markers and obituaries. He also sets up the live-streaming broadcast of funerals that take place in the Tupelo Chapel and he also occasionally works setting up tents for gravesides and assisting funeral directors with all aspects of a funeral. He is also a licensed Cremationist and insurance/pre-need salesman. Mason is in the process of getting his Funeral Directing license as well.


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