Myles Avery "Bounty Hunta" Holland, 23, beloved son of the Rev. Dr. Vernon Holland and Dr. Alphene Bligen Holland, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center, following an automobile wreck.
Myles was born on Aug. 8, 1994, in Lawton, Oklahoma, the second of six much prayed for sons born to Vernon and Alphene. Myles was a very social person with an infectious smile and he gave the best hugs. From an early age, he enjoyed drawing, building things with Legos and playing video games. He enjoyed conversing with different people and always had a unique perspective. Myles was very protective of those he loved - from blood to frat.
Myles accepted the Lord and was baptized at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bishopville, where he was active in Sunday school, the ushers ministry and the choir. During this time he was also active in the Knights of Pythagoras - Leroy Dixon Council under the direction of the late Deacon Levern Thomas. Through his parents' ministries of the word and music, Myles attended and was active in many churches to include Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Bethesda Missionary Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, St. Mark 4-B Missionary Baptist Church and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Myles' participation in the music ministry of the church led him to one of his greatest joys - playing the drums. Myles' greatest joys included playing the drums with Crestwood High School's Marching Band and the CHS Drumline known as the Knight Train, serving as section leader of the Knight Train and being initiated into the Legendary Lambda Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in the Spring of 2017. He was proud to be No. 7. They called him "Bounty Hunta."
Myles was a 2012 graduate of Crestwood High School and was recently awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and criminal justice in May 2017 from Claflin University in Orangeburg. He was employed by Sub Station II. His short-range goal was to attend the Academy and work in law enforcement. His long-term goal was to own his own security firm and to facilitate the "Holland Empire."
Myles leaves to mourn his untimely passing his heartbroken family: his parents, Dr. Alphene Bligen Holland and the Rev. Dr. Vernon (Sheila) Holland; his five brothers, Carlton, Julian, Sterling, Brodrick and Bryce; his three embraced brothers, Levi James, Travis Smith and Philip Thomas; his embraced sister, Tiffany Brown; his grandparents, Linzy "Jeff" Holland and Barbara Holland Baxter; his embraced grandmother, Lucile Thomas; a host of uncles, aunts and cousins, all of whom loved Myles and will miss him forever. Myles also leaves to mourn his untimely passing: the brothers of the Legendary Lambda Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, especially his line brothers of Spring 2017; his girlfriend, Tori Reeder; and other family and friends. All will miss him and remember him as the one and only Myles Holland.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, the Rev. Dr. Robert E. Bligen Jr. and Corine Bligen and Isaac Smalls; his embraced grandfather, Deacon Levern Thomas; his other embraced brother, Tavares Smith; and his uncle, the Rev. James Grant Sr.
Public viewing will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.
Omega Omega Service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Mr. Holland will be placed in the Crestwood High School auditorium at 11 a.m. on Friday for viewing until the hour of service.
Services will be held at noon on Friday at the Crestwood High School auditorium, 2000 Oswego Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Rinzee Stansburg, officiant, and the Rev. Clifton Witherspoon, eulogist.
The family will be receiving friends at the home, 231 Palmetto St., Sumter.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.