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Obituary for Joe Edward Holland

Joe Edward Holland, 87, of Franklin went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2023. Mr. Holland was born in Macon County, North Carolina, on December 6, 1935, to the late Harley and Selma Estes Holland. He is survived by his wife Dixie Holland of almost 68 years.

He was a member of the Riverside Fellowship Church. Mr. Holland was proud of his service in the United States Navy. He retired in 1972 after serving in both Vietnam and Korea. Throughout his career he received five Good Conduct Medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Vietnam Service Medal, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. After retirement he worked and retired again from the LBJ Job Corp.

Joe was an avid farmer and loved to raise tomatoes and keep bees. His true passions were trout fishing and coon hunting. In fact, he was a charter member of the Macon County Coon Hunters Association. He bred Redbone Coon Hounds and bred a United Kennel Club World Champion Redbone Hound. He also loved to spend time with his large extended family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kim Breedlove (Jackie); two sons, Eddie Holland, and Scott Holland (Nanette); one brother, John Holland; four granddaughters, Gina Breedlove, Holly Breedlove, Selena Holland Jones, and Bethany Holland Keller, ten great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Franklin, Canton, and Brevard.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters, Hilda Frady, Herbal Bennett, and Marie Huffman, and five brothers, Claude Holland, Clyde Holland, Harold Holland, Hayes Holland, and Guy Holland.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Macon Funeral Home at 1:00pm with Rev. Bobby Cloer officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, one hour prior to the service. Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 108 and VFW Post 7339.

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Macon Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.