Barbara DeJarnette Holland

Published 10:11 pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Barbara DeJarnette Holland, born in Halifax County, passed away June 17, 2014, at home surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Blanche G. and Richard P. DeJarnette. She was predeceased by one sister, Beatrice D. Twine, and three brothers, Jennings B. DeJarnette, A.T. DeJarnette and Waverly E. DeJarnette.

She was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church, the Joyce Ann Harrell Sunday School Class and the Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She retired from Suffolk Social Services after more than 20 years of service and was a volunteer at Autumn Care Nursing Home, where she played the piano for the residents.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Paul “Cotton” Holland; daughters, K. Michele Holland and Lisa Holland Lowe (Mark); grandchildren, Dawn A. Joyner (Alan) and Andrew and Haley Lowe; great-grandchildren, Ian Day and Ainslee Joyner; sister, Mildred D. Piland; brother, Franklin D. DeJarnette (Anita); sisters-in-law, Catherine DeJarnette, Louise DeJarnette, Shirley Murray, Audrey Beck (Phil), Maureen Holland; brother-in-law, Ray Holland (Ditte); numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk, and other times at the residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Christian Church, 1549 Holland Road, Suffolk, with the Rev. Matt Winters and the Rev. Wayne Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Stained Glass Window Fund at Bethlehem Christian Church, 1549 Holland Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 or to the Deborah Marlo Brown Memorial Fund in care of Marty Ridout, McPhillips, Roberts and Deans, 150 Boush St., Ste 1100, Norfolk, VA 23510-1625. Condolences may be registered online at

The family would like to thank neighbor and special long time friend, Adele Brown, for her continued help and support through Barbara’s illness.