Harry Wayne Holland of Whitemarsh Island, Georgia passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. He was 72 years old.
Born October 20, 1948 in Savannah, Georgia, Harry was the son of the late James R. and Maudie Drake Holland. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Dianne Holland McMichael. Harry is survived by his sister, Kathy Holland Walton (Tom); niece, Rachel Knowlton (Keith); nephew, Jonathan Walton; brother-in-law, Thomas J. “Tom” McMichael; nephew, Gregg McMichael (Debbie); niece, Gail McMichael Brown; several great nieces and great nephews; and many close friends.
Harry was a graduate of Savannah High School and attended college in Brunswick, Georgia. He enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1968 and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and technical training at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. He was employed with Southern Bell in Atlanta, Georgia before returning to his hometown of Savannah. He worked in the construction business and owned his own company that specialized in historic home restorations in Savannah and the surrounding islands.
Harry lived in Savannah over 60 years and loved living on the islands. He was most happy when near the water…whether in Savannah or at Lake Martin in Alabama. In Harry’s visits to Lake Martin, he introduced his family to a Lowcountry Boil dinner which is now a regular event and family tradition at the lake. Harry loved nothing more than fishing with his long-time fishing buddies. He also had a soft heart for dogs - especially Mackey (his “adopted” black Labrador retriever who passed away a few years ago) and Katie (that lived upstairs over his apartment and passed away on the same day as Harry).
Harry’s greatest devotion was to his family and friends, and he consistently put the needs of others before his own. He was an incredibly generous man who will be missed by all who knew him. Harry was dearly loved by his family and friends and will forever be remembered for his kind heart and gentle soul.
Harry will be laid to rest next to his parents in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with a private graveside service. Pastor Jim Giddens will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider making a donation in Harry’s honor to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah or to the Tybee Island Historic Preservation Commission.
Everyone who ever knew Harry was fortunate to know a really kind and gentle man and wonderful friend. We will all miss Harry and may his gentle soul be at peace.
- Mike deVegter, Savannah, Ga
Will sure miss seeing him at Kroger, we always talked about old times.
- Marian Webb Groover, Savannah , Ga
Harry was the a soft spoken man that was nice to anyone he knew. Will miss seeing him in the grocery store, just talked to him on Wed. at Public's. Will be greatly missed.
- Larry & Lynn Palmer, Savannah, ga
I knew Harry and attended Savannah High with him. I was fortunate enough to be considered a friend. May he rest in peace. Rick McDaniel - Charlotte, NC
- Rick McDaniel, Charlotte, NC
Harry loved nature and animals, he was well read on both subjects. He always had a treat and kind words for Katie who was his four legged BFF, and her side kick Bella who fought for Harry’s attention while watching Fox News. They shared a special bond, both will be missed very much.
- Laura and Bella Mouhot, Savannah, GA
Harry and I worked together for several years. He was one of the finest, kindest, most generous persons i have ever met.
- Arthur Weil, Atlanta, GA
What a wonderful friend and neighbor we have lost. Harry was such a kind and caring man. He loved our Jay Dawg and always had time for him. He was loved and will be missed by so many. My condolences to his family.
- Trish, Savannah, Georgia
We moved to Savannah in 2002 and purchased a home on Whitemarsh Island in need of significant renovation. Our realtor introduced us to Harry. I hired him immediately upon our first meeting and could not have been more pleased. He was super professional and a true craftsman. He solved every problem that arose with his creativity. More than that, he was honest to his core and had a huge heart. In the subsequent years when I would run into him around town, he would always smile and speak. The first thing he would ask was about the well being of my wife and family. True southern gentleman. He is one of those people I am glad to have known. Rest in Peace Harry.
- David & Julie Clark, Savannah, GA
Harry and I were friends in High School, College roommates, worked and roomed together in Atlanta(Southern Bell). We both served the USA in the117th GANG. He was my Best Man for Me on my wedding day, and we fished together many many times. Forever Best Friends, Rick Schwalbe
- Frederick Schwalbe, Stilson, Georgia
Harry was a true SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN.... I am fortunate to have know him thru Gregg's family -
- Janice Pappas, Hoschton, GA