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Janice S. Hollis


Janice S. Hollis, 94 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019 at Community Hospice Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach.

Janice was born on May 12, 1925 to parents Joel and Sue (Brown) Saunders, one of six children. She graduated from Union High School in Leslie, Georgia and continued her education at Auburn University where she graduated in 1946. While attending Auburn she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi.

She married John J. Hollis of St. Petersburg, Florida in 1949. They moved to Fernandina Beach from Cordele, Georgia in 1958. She began teaching the Mighty Pirates at Fernandina Beach High School in 1959 and taught there for almost 30 years. Teaching was her love, but her greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed the beach life including fishing. Janice was an avid reader and bridge player.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents and all of her siblings.

She leaves behind her daughter, Jan Hollis; her son John Hollis; her daughter, Judy Hollis McCarthy (Glenn) all of Fernandina Beach, Florida; her son, Joel Hollis (Donna) of St. Augustine, Florida and granddaughter Jessica Hollis McCarthy (Owen) of Washington, D.C.

A memorial service to honor and remember her will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 10, 2020 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Friday one hour prior to the service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach or Community Hospice of N.E. Florida/Bill and Jane Warner Center for Caring.


Jan, your mother leaves behind a legacy. Her no-nonsense classroom etiquette spurred an entire generation to sit up straight, hands poised over the keyboard to begin each lesson in life. She applauded our triumphs�and our mistakes, well, we usually got a, �you can do better� or a look that said, �something tells me this is as good as it�s going to be�. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your mother will truly be missed

LYNDA TAYLOR January 2, 2020
Jan and Judy, Love you and continue to pray for you during this time.

CHRIS BRYAN January 3, 2020
I am so sad about the loss of Mrs. Hollis. She was my favorite teacher. I loved her class and believe my success as a business owner is because of her influence. Thank you Mrs. Hollis.

JUNE STILL JONES January 3, 2020
Jan and family, my heart goes out to you in the earthly loss of your dear mother. Mrs. Hollis taught me at FBHS in civics, bookkeeping, typing and Gregg shorthand. Shorthand was my favorite class and I�m thankful she pushed us to take dictation at 140 words/minute, the average speaking rate back then. Her excellent teaching enabled me to be primarily an executive secretary at the Container Corp. of America mill, now WestRock, for 42 years. Brenda Beard Brunner�s personal thoughts are shared by many fortunate students of Mrs. Hollis . My deepest sympathy to your family.

MARGARET (SMITH) EVANS January 3, 2020
She added so much to many of our lives and was a teacher very few would forget, as she guided us in so many life lessons. My sympathy to her family.

BENJAMIN SHAVE January 5, 2020
Jan, I am so sorry about your mom, what a special lady. I absolutely loved her. She
Will be missed by so many. May God be with Ben and Gail Shave

Dear Jan, You and I have had many talks about how much your mom meant to me! She was my favorite teacher in high school and her guidance and expectations touched all of us in the Class of 1963. To have had her as a teacher was life-changing; to have also known her, and you, as a loving friend, has been a joy and blessing! May God wrap all of you in his love and grace as you send your mom home to him!

JIMMY & JERRIE MOORE January 10, 2020
Love and prayers for all of the Hollis family. Mrs Hollis touched many young lives in our community. May you find comfort knowing that she was appreciated and loved by so many.

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