Charles Vance Holland passes

We pay honor to

Charles Vance Holland

who died April 4, 2013

at the Hospice House

in Lecanto, Florida 34461.


Memorial Service was conducted

Monday, April 8, 2013

10:00 a.m.

at the

Lecanto Church of Christ

797 Rowe Terrace

Lecanto, Florida 34460


April 16, 1935 - April 4, 2013

 Charles Vance "Cracker" Holland, age 77, of Homosassa Springs died April 4, 2013. He was born in Homosassa Springs, FL to the late Fred and Virginia Vance Holland. A member of the Church of Christ in Lecanto, Vance was also a talented wood carver, consummate storyteller, accomplished athlete and avid sports fan. He retired as a Captain in the Florida Marine Patrol after 32 years of service.

Vance was preceded in death by his youngest son Kevin Holland. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Virginia Will (Ken) of Homosassa, son Casey Holland (Nancy) of Roswell, GA, grandchildren Sarah Bryant (Adam), Taylor Holland, Victoria Holland, Travis Holland, Sheena Mantooth (David), Dustin Will (Allisha), Adam Will (Patsy) and great grandchildren Kayden Bryant and Kynnedy Will.
Vance loved and was proud of his family, and was loved and will be greatly missed by them.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for critically and terminally ill children, at 30500 Brantley Branch Rd., Eustis, FL 32736 or to Hospice of Citrus County of the Nature Coast at P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.



When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me. I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free.

Miss me a little, but not for long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take, and eac must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know. And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss Me - But let me go!

  When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I'd have to leave behind All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye, For all my life, I'd always Thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, So much yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me.. From His great golden throne.

  I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.


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