James Earl Holland

Jun 23rd, 1921 - Mar 9th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Mar. 14th, 2017 5 - 8 pm


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Mar. 15th, 2017 1 pm


Blairsville Cemetery

Wed, Mar. 15th, 2017

James Earl Holland

James Earl Holland, age 95, of Bush, passed away at 2:05 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Herrin Hospital. 

James was born on June 23, 1921, the son of Milton and Uelah (Beshers) Holland.  He married Doris E. Pinkston on December 6, 1941 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  She preceded him in death on October 27, 2006.  Together they shared 64 years of marriage. 

Mr. Holland was a coal miner, having retired from the Freeman Coal Company.  He proudly served as the mayor of Bush for twelve years.  James was a member of the Hurst Masonic Lodge 1004, the United Mine Workers of America, the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Crab Orchard Boat and Yacht Club. 

Survivors include his;Daughter and son-in-law – Ramona and Dwight Jackson of Thompsonville

Six grandchildren;

  Natalie Sellers of Royalton

  Jay Holland of Jacksonville, Florida

  Mike Stallons and wife Tiffany of Dallas, Georgia

  Stephanie Hannon and husband Matt of Thompsonville

  Chris Price of Bush

  Frank Price and wife Teresa  of Bush

Eight great grandchildren

Eleven great great grandchildren

Six great great great grandchildren

Brother –  Milton and Daisy Holland of Herrin

Sister – Locoma Bartlow of Hurst 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife – Doris, son – Jim Holland, daughter – Judy Price, sister – Roseland Pinkston, three brothers – Larry Eugene Holland, Robert “Bob” Holland and Delbert Holland. 

The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 1 pm at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Danny Norman officiating.  Burial will follow at Blairsville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from Tuesday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the funeral home.


Memorial donations are suggested to the Blairsville Cemetery Association and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, IL  62948.  For additional information or to sign the guest memorial register please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Victoria Phillips

    From: Bush, Illinois

    Date: March 12, 2017

    Sorry to hear of Earls passing. He was a very good man and loved his family and community. He has always treated me kindly and I loved both him and Doris. Rest in peace .
    God Bless you

  • Guest: Stacey Hagy

    From: Fayetteville, Tennessee

    Date: March 14, 2017

    rest in peace uncle Earl
    love you always

  • Guest: Dawn

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 15, 2017

    To the family of James Holland: Imagine the time when there will be no more old age and James will be young and vibrant as he once was. (Job 33:25) Imagine a time when there will be no more death and all those in the grave will be resurrected. (Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15) Very soon we won’t have to use our imagination because these things will be a reality. We can put our faith and trust in God’s word because we know that “God cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2)
    For more information, go to tinyurl.com/jyp4yl4 and read along with your Bible.

  • Guest: Tina Lewis

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: March 17, 2017

    I had the pleasure of being James’ nurse and he was a joy to care for. He is deeply missed.