Bryant Holland

Bryant Loson Holland

Sunday, May 30th, 1943 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Bryant Loson Holland-

Born on May 30, 1943 to the late Denver and Delton Jennings Holland in Franklin, NC.

After a hard fight with cancer, he went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2020 at his home he built in Franklin, with his caring family by his side. He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 48 years, Diane Walters Holland.

Bryant met and married the love of his life while working for General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan. Diane was the woman of his dreams. Together, they had one son, Kevin Bryant Holland (Jennifer) and his latest “joy and partner in crime”, his granddaughter Summer Rose, all of Franklin. Bryant and Diane raised a daughter, Paula Christian (Kenny) of Dillard, GA, and a son, Nick Robinette of Hernando Beach, FL. He fathered a son, Mike Holland and a daughter Sandra Holland of Michigan. He was a great Dad and Papaw who loved his family.

Bryant was a Macon County native who proudly served our Country in the US Army through the Vietnam War. He was dedicated hard worker who took a lot of pride in his home and family. A generous provider who was good at everything from mechanics to construction to cooking. He taught Carpentry at Southwestern Community College, as he was an amazing carpenter!
An avid coon hunter, he was a long-time member of the Coon Hunters Association where he had many friends and was well known for his awesome dog training skills with Walker dogs.

He will always be remembered for all the lives he has touched by giving a helping hand, for caring, and providing for everyone he knew. Not to mention all the prayers and visits he made to all his friends and family when they were sick, grieving, or had fallen on hard times.

Bryant was the first Deputy to retire from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department in 1998 after serving as “Chief Deputy” and protecting our County for fifteen plus years.

If he wasn’t coon hunting, he was talking about coon hunting! He enjoyed playing cards, a good game of pool, his coffee, eggs and gravy, his “Baccer”, and everything about the “Great Outdoors”; from hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and ginseng digging. His personality always had a joke or some way to make you laugh. His greatest joy in life was always his grandchildren, great grandson and making sure Everyone was “taken care of”. He was a true man of his word. A man you could honor. One everyone loved and respected. He was a Baptist and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Bryant was the only son and the youngest of five children. He is survived by his sister, Audrey Holland Cook of Franklin. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Phyllis Holland Caldwell, Bernice Holland Penley and Marsha Holland Mason. He is survived by his granddaughter, Alicia Aughtman (Buck) and great grandson, Jonathan, of Fort Bragg, NC.; a grandson, Chance Dakota Holland of Franklin. He was preceded in death by an infant grandson Joseph Nicholson and a young, beautiful granddaughter, Kristen Nicholson; whom he never stopped loving.

He loved his dogs, friends and family as much as they all loved him. He was truly an admirable man with so many life memories. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His patience and words of wisdom like, “Well that don’t matter” and “Why, that’s water under the bridge”, will never be forgotten. But his favorite saying of all was… “Y’all go with us!”

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date for all friends and family to attend, due to the Corona Virus.

A private Graveside service is being held for the family with Greg Rogers and Mike Chastain officiating. Pallbearers will be Kenny Christian, John “Buck” Aughtman, Jonathan Aughtman, Lyman Holland, Raymond Holland, Larry Ledford and Max Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be J.R. Dendy, Summer Holland and Alicia Aughtman.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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Jimmy Scroggs

Posted at 07:41pm
Family , so sorry for your loss, I could share many stories of myself and Bryant’s adventures in Michigan as young men, some good, some not so good. I’ll share only one that we did at his dads home. Dad had a milk cow that went dry and word was that it had. “Hollow Tail “, so Bryant and I decided to split its tail and poor it full of salt. Bryant was known for his massive strength, so he held the cows head in a stall, while I had the job of cutting the tail and pouring it full of salt. We got the job done after much kicking squalling , Bryant never once turned that cows head loose and I often wonder if that cow survived and ever gave milk again, as our adventures sometimes, never turned out well.

Henry and Linda Wall

Posted at 04:39pm
Diane, Audrey and Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy in your loss at this time of sorrow. He was a fine man and will be missed!!! Linda and Henry Wall

Jennifer Holland

Posted at 12:06am
I will never forget the one and only paddling Summer ever got from Pawpaw .. he called to tell me he felt awful and that he was so sorry.
I asked what she had done and he said " well, she had my wooden Turkey call in the bath tub"😂.

I will miss his phone calls and getting daily updates on the "baby"... miss him more than words will ever describe..😢💔.
Your favorite daughter and only daughter in-law

Toni Holland

Posted at 09:43pm
Bryant was always so kind to me. I loved visiting with him when he and Kurtis worked together up at the jail. He was a sweet man. I’ll miss you, Bryant. Love Kurtis & Toni Holland.

Paul and Tammy Maynard

Posted at 06:30pm
We loved Bryant. Prayers for you and your family Dianne.❤️🙏🏻

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