Fallen Hero: SFC Richmond Colleen Holland (Ret)


Funeral Home

Sigler Funeral Home

4248 Main St Lucedale, MS


Wednesday, November 29, 6 – 9 p.m.,  Shady Grove Baptist Church,  Lucedale, MS.


November 30, 10 a..m.,  Shady Grove Baptist Church,  Lucedale, MS.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Service Details 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on November 26, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. SFC Richmond Colleen Holland (Ret), age 76, who had served within 890th Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.   

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details: 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Cohen Holland, who passed away peacefully surrounded by love on November 26, 2023.

With a few un-notable exceptions, Cohen was a lifelong resident of George County, specifically the Central community. Known worldwide for his sharp wit, shenanigans, and tom foolery, Cohen went by many names. A few of the printable ones are Uncle Cohen, Daddy, Co-Nanner, Sgt Holland, Pops, Papa, Popsicle, Brother, and by one particular lady, Baby. He loved to laugh and make people laugh. However, nothing made him happier than a prank at the expense of a friend, brother, or cousin – or even a complete stranger (which our records show he actually never met).

Cohen worked many jobs. The ones we can remember are grain inspector, MS Dept. of Agriculture (watermelons) , and something to do with potatoes. He was extremely proud of the time he spent in the MS National Guard and made numerous priceless friendships.

He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he dedicated his time and service to God. He loved every moment of attending and fellowshipping there.

The visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Lucedale, MS. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, with graveside service to follow.

Cohen was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara Holland, as well as his parents, Charles and Lizzie Holland, and siblings Juanita Holland, Delma Holland, Sr, Charles Holland, Jr, Bill Holland, and Jerry Holland.

He is survived by his children Tim Holland of Lucedale, MS; Paige (and Barry) Tweedy of Las Vegas, NV; Becky Holland of Atlanta, GA; and Beth (and Eric) Page of Ocean Springs, MS – his grandchildren Heather (and Doug), Candice (and Josh), Bryce, Kierstin, Andrew, Brendan, Lizzie, Timothy, Sophia, and Joshua – his two sisters, Betty Lou Cochran and Shirley Kawaoka – two brother in laws, Steve (and Lyn) Smith and Rob (and Sandra) Smith – as well as multiple cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who he considered family.

Cohen’s greatest joy in life came from the people he loved and the time he spent with them. He loved big and was loved big and will be missed by all who knew him.

Sigler Funeral Home, 4248 Main St., Lucedale, MS 39452, 601-947-3112 is in charge of arrangements