Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 6:35 pm
The Messenger, March 7, 2011
Charles Ralston Holland, 85, of Union City died at his home March 6, 2011.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Ray Cagle officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the hour of services Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be Greg Youree, Brad Hosford, Terry Hailey, Paul Tinkle, Tommy Turnbow, Brad Gore, Dick Barlow, Joseph Ramsey and Robin Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Hensley and Billy Reynolds and members of the Charlie T. Coffee Club: James Matheny, Larry Edmundson, Joe Sergerson, Oliver Gilliam, Allen Craddock, Walter Ward and John Atkins.
He was born June 8, 1925, in Bethel Springs, son of the late Eber Columbus and Gracy “Sula” (Plunk) Holland. He married the former Mary Sue Drerup Jan. 12, 1969. She survives. He was a veteran broadcast engineer for more than 60 years, working as chief engineer for KYTN Radio and WQAk-FM and for WENK radio, all in Union City.
He assisted other stations, including WFUL in Fulton and WCMT in Martin, and stations in Trenton and Dyersburg. He held many broadcast licenses, including a First Class Federal Communications License and was one of the most well-respected “sound men” in the Ken-Tenn area.
As the owner of Holland Sound, he installed audio and public address systems in churches and businesses and was the subject of a recent article in a trade magazine citing his innovative technology used during the 1950s and ’60s to bring live remote radio broadcasts back to the studios. In the 1950s, he engineered a broadcast from Gibson County when President Harry S Truman spoke there.
Most recently, he oversaw the construction of the KYTN-WQAK studios in Union City and worked from his home assembling control boards and manufacturing wiring prior to installing the new equipment in the studio. Thunderbolt Broadcasting named the radio’s engineering department the Charles Holland Broadcast Center in honor of his years of service.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served in the tank division. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Union City and had been a member of Hickman (Ky.) Country Club, Poplar Meadows County Club near Union City, Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 and Union City Jaycees.
He is also survived by three stepsons and his daughter-in-law, Stephen E. Merritt and Don Merritt, both of Nashville, and John David and Sherry Merritt of Columbia; two former daughters-in-law, Lisa Merritt and Vilanda Merritt; five grandchildren and their spouses, John Allen and Shannon Merritt of Perry, Ga., Becky and Brent Buchanan of Columbia, Al Merritt and Sarah and Cody Wright, all of Nashville, and Charles Dylan Merritt of Knoxville; four great-grandchildren, Leah Merritt of Columbia and John Maxwell Merritt, Luke Merritt and Emmy Merritt, all of Perry; and four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Cleo and Grace Holland of Jackson, Melvin Holland of Henderson and Perry and Frances Holland and David and Joy Holland, all of Savannah.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Leslie Holland, Elmo Holland, Carlos Holland and Loyce Holland.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.