Albert D. Holland, Jr., 85, of King City fell asleep in death December 25, 2012, at 3:45 p.m. with his family at his side after suffering a brief illness. He was born Albert David Holland, Jr., on March 3, 1927, in Tulsa, Okla.
Al grew up in Oakhurst, Okla. Before he could graduate from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, 1945-47. He served his tour of duty aboard the USS New York throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Sea of Japan.
Al returned to Oakhurst, where he worked several jobs in the years that followed. One day, as he stepped off the delivery truck he was driving carrying two 100-pound sacks of potatoes, he came face to face with a waitress by the name of Norma Bayouth. She promptly told him to put those sacks down and come in for a cup of coffee. It took just 30 minutes for Al to realize this was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. As he left her, he said, “I’ll see you tomorrow, sweetheart.” They eloped August 29, 1950. They lived in Tulsa, Okla. for several years and eventually moved to California in 1957.
They lived in Salinas, and Al worked very hard to support his family. He drove trucks, delivering for the Pepsi and 7up companies. They finally settled in King City in 1966 and had lived in King City ever since. Al came to King City to work for Jim Lynn at Lynn’s Liquors, where he continued to work for Byron Lynn and finally retired in 1985 after 25 years with the Lynn family. During those years he became a Jehovah’s Witness. Al was a member of the English Greenfield Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed his responsibilities as a Ministerial Servant. He also enjoyed reading, cooking and, believe it or not, baking. He cherished his time spent with his family and friends. He entertained us many times with his words of wisdom and thoughts on life. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We love him so much. He truly loved spending time with his wife, Norma. He said his favorite times were driving her from place to place as she took care of her miscellaneous errands.
Al is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma Holland of King City; children, Anna (Clarence) Tackel of Greenfield, Susan (Kurt) Frenzel of King City and David (Paula) Holland of Salinas; grandchildren, Chad Tackel, Thomas (Kaley) Tackel all of Salinas and Chris (Stephanie) Tackel of Arkansas; brother-in-law, Buss (Willie) Bayouth of Tulsa, Oklahoma; niece Sandy (Ken) Morey of Colorado and several other nieces and nephews.
All are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 251 Oak Ave., Greenfield.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, 385-5400, www.efscares.com.