Leah Holland, 58, of Memphis and formerly of Helena-West Helena, was called from earthly labor to eternal rest on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Leah Ella (Linda Ezell) Holland was born to Claudia Mae Jones-Ezell and the Rev. Isaac Holland Sr. on Aug. 4, 1954 in West Helena, AR. Linda attended the Helena-West Helena public schools and was a member of the class of 1973. She received a certificate in computer science at the Hot Springs Training Center in Hot Springs. Linda was employed by the Helena Crossing School cafeteria, The Department of Health and Human Services Foster Parent Program and as a precinct poll worker for city and county elections.
Linda was baptized at an early age and established membership at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Helena. She continued her affiliation with the Baptist Church as a loyal member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of West Helena. After moving to Memphis, she joined the Olivett Fellowship Baptist Church.
The joy of her life was the births and rearing of her children. Linda known for her infectious smile and larger than life personality fostered many children in her home, enriching their lives while in turn they blessed hers. While in Helena, she enjoyed the affiliation of her club sisters in the Nancy Elizabeth Proffit Federated Club.
Her parents, Claudia Mae and Willie Ezell, grandmothers, Mary Francis Vaughn and Teresa Hicks, her sister, Rose Mary Williams, a brother, Willie Ezell Jr., a niece, Rosalyn Ezell and a nephew Carlos Lee, preceded her in death.
Cherishing her memory and legacy are her children, Leonard Fitzgerald Jr. of New York City, Kim (Terence) Ross, Roderick Davis and Nigel Pruitt of Memphis, her father, Rev. Isaac Holland Sr. of Helena-West Helena; sisters, Charlene Hicks of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Dorothy Carver, Chicago, Patricia (Dexter) Brewer of Omaha, Neb.; Phyllis (Lloyd) Porter of Killeen Texas, Cassandra Ezell of Helena-West Helena and Lola (Patrick) Arnett of Southaven, Miss.; Izetta Holland (Johnny) Scott of Little Rock; brothers, Herman (Travestine) Jones of Omaha, Robert Carver Jr. of Chicago, Kennedy (Barbara) Ezell of Lexa and Issac Holland Jr. of Helena-West Helena; grandchildren, Tyler, Jordan, Javaris, Nigel Jr., Sharita, Jonathan, Jada, Raja and Adrian; aunts, Mildred (Jessie) Green of Helena-West Helena and Louise Jones of Earle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, March 8 from 4 to 7 PM at Kincaid Funeral Services. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. Rev. Nathaniel Hull, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Jackson Memorial Garden. Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. Post messages and share memories atwww.kincaidfuneralservices.com.