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Obituary for May Dell Baker Holland
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthian 13:4-8.
Mrs. May Dell Baker Holland was born December 2, 1948 in Manassas, GA to the late McKinley Baker and Ruby Dell Everett Baker. She transitioned to eternal life on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
May Dell attended Evans County High School in Claxton, GA where she graduated Salutatorian in 1966. She attended Fort Valley State University (formerly College) where she majored in Business Administration and graduated in 1970. She became a charter member of the Evans County High School Alumni Archive established in 2012, presently Evans County African American Archive Museum. She was also an active member the Eastern Stars: Chapter 269 – Order of the Eastern Star.
She married Charles ‘Clarence’ Holland on June 26, 1970. To this union two children were born. At an early age she joined Charlton Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board until her untimely death. She had a passion for serving the church that was undeniable. She was active with the Usher’s Ministry Conference of the GMBC for many years. She was also a dedicated Sunday School student.
May Dell worked in the banking industry holding various positions for over 40 years. As a historian, May Dell took pride in her roots, documenting the lives of her ancestors and current family ties. She is preceded in death by her father, McKinley Baker.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Charles Holland; her mother, Ruby Dell Everett Baker; her brother, Jerry Baker (Linda); one son, LaRon Holland, one daughter, LaShonda Holland; three grandchildren: Marcel Holland, Andruw Holland, and Aaron Holland; one aunt, Nita Bell Baker; one uncle, Ulysses Bacon; two brothers-in-law: Gary Holland (Diane) and Gilbert Holland (Linda); three sisters-in-law: Bette Woodley, Annette Kilcrease, and Maretha Lindsay (William); a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, loved ones and friends.