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Our Staff

  • Steve Holland, President

    Born Nov. 5, 1955, Steve is the third of six sons born to J.C. and Sadie Monts Holland. A fifth generation Lee Countian, Steve graduated in l973 from Nettleton High School, from Mississippi State University in l977 with a degree in Business Administration, graduated from Northwest Community College Department of Mortuary Science in l981 and received his Masters of Art Degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2005. The Hollands are generational farmers by profession. J. C. Holland was the first Mississippian named "Outstanding Farmer of America" in l965. At their apex, they were farming over 9000 acres in three Mississippi counties and boasted their own pedigree, the Sadie J, of registered Black Angus Cattle.

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  • Sadie Holland - Vice President/Secretary


    Sadie Monts Holland is the only daughter of the late Joe Thomas and Christine Roebuck Monts. Born Jan. 31, 1933 in Lee County, she grew up in the Palmetto Community and moved with her husband and six sons to Plantersville in 1959 where they established the Sadie J Farm. Both she and J.C. and their families were honored by being named Outstanding Farm Family. In keeping with the family's commitment to public service, Miss Sadie served as Mayor of Nettleton from 1981-1985, and has presided over the Justice Court of Lee County in Nettleton since 2003.

  • Sis VanBuskirk Evans - Office Manager


    Sis and the Hollands have been together for over 15 years in funeral service. She and her late husband, Roger, owned a mobile home transport/setup company for years. Sis is a "whiz" in filing insurance, knows our clientele, and can meet your needs for office assistance with ease and excitement. Sis lives in the Union Community south of Plantersville in Lee County.

  • Nancy Sullivan Ellis - Okolona Chapel Facilitator & Licensed Funeral Director



    Nancy Ellis is an Okolona area native and continues to live near her birthplace with her husband, Skeet, a local homebuilder. Nancy is active in all activities at First Baptist Church, Okolona. She has grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Between the Sullivans and Ellis', she is literally kin to about everyone in eastern Chickasaw County.

  • Jamie E. "Jay" Darnell, III - Funeral Director Apprentice, Pre-need & Marker Sales



    Jay is a lifelong Okolona resident, graduate of Pontotoc High School and Mississippi State University, and a former sales associate with New York Life. He is serving as a funeral director apprentice, and oversees our pre-need insurance and grave marker department. When not designing the perfect funeral package or headstone for you or your loved one, Jay helps his family with their cattle ranch in Chickasaw County

  • Vicki Rushing - Licensed Funeral Director & Pre-Need Counselor



    Vicki A. Rushing is a licensed funeral director with 25 years of experience in at-need, life, and advance planning and insurance for funerals and burials. Vicki is a 1973 graduate of Mantachie High School and attended both Itawamba Community College and Birmingham Southern College, completing a 3-year program in Trust, Estate Planning, and Fiduciary Law. Vicki started a fifteen year career as an administrative assistant in the trust department of Bancorp South in Tupelo and administrative Specialist/ Problem Solving Specialist for Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, GA.

    She lives in Tupelo with her husband, Bro. Danny Rushing, who pastors at Dorsey Baptist Church. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Vicki is the organist for the church, and enjoys doing charitable work and helping others. She operates a sewing business, “Vicki’s Originals,” from her home, specializing in the design and tailoring of formal wear and window treatments. Vicki has a creative, entrepreneurial mind in developing new products for the marketplace.

    Vicki joined the Holland Funeral Directors staff in November, 2011.

  • Kevin Hurt - Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Cremationist, & Media Specialist



    Kevin is a native Hoosier, moving from Indiana to Alabama when he was a preschooler. He was raised in Cullman, Alabama, and attended first grade through high school in the Cullman city school system. Kevin studied at Southern Benedictine College before graduating from the University of Alabama with a major in television broadcasting and film and a minor in marketing. He began his career in ministry with study at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993.

    For twenty-seven years, Kevin served full-time as minister of education in Southern Baptist congregations in Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. During his church ministry years, Kevin served in the capacity of minister of youth and recreation, minister of youth and older children, minister to senior adults, administrator and education minister. He is a recent graduate (2014) of East Mississippi College with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Services Technology. Kevin passed his National Board Examinations in funeral directing (Arts) and embalming (Sciences) and is fully licensed as a funeral director/embalmer.

    Kevin married Amy Bates Hurt nineteen years ago, and they have two children, Andrew, 17, and Ethan, 13. He is an avid reader, and loves reading biographies, and books on theology, nanatology, history, and politics. Kevin and his family live in Fulton, Mississippi.

  • Mason Fields - Funeral Assistant, Licensed Cremationist, & Media Specialist



    Mason Fields is a Junior at the University Of Mississippi - Tupelo Campus, concentrating his studies on Business and Marketing. He is a graduate of Tupelo High School and joined Holland Funeral Directors in August of 2014.

    Mason spends a large amount of his time, doing work that makes a funeral a success. Mason works to create programs, bookmarks, grave markers and obituaries. He also sets up the live-streaming broadcast of funerals that take place in the Tupelo Chapel and he also occasionally works setting up tents for gravesides and assisting funeral directors with all aspects of a funeral. He is also a licensed Cremationist and insurance/pre-need salesman. Mason is in the process of getting his Funeral Directing license as well.