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Claudia Watts

BJ, you remain in our thoughts & prayers. Praying for the soul of your sweet Burnell. He had a way of keeping me on my toes in our business dealings. He may not have felt well physically, simultaneously his sharp mind kept me on ready. He will be sorely missed. Hugs to you and your family, Claudia

Wayne Libby

Burnell's friendly smile will be missed. During our school years he was a talented athlete and excelled in business after school. Our prayers are with the family.

Mr. Vivian Burnell Holland


Mr. Vivian Burnell Holland, 82, of Fernandina Beach passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Warner Center for Caring.

He was born in Ty Ty, GA and was a son of the late Vivian and May Bell Kilgore Holland. He moved with his family to Fernandina Beach in 1941. He attended local schools and participated in various sports while in high school. He played football and was considered a star on the track team where he won several awards for the high jump. He was a member of the 1957 Fernandina Beach High School graduating class.

For a time, he taught Shop at Fernandina Beach High School. Through the years he operated several tire and automobile service centers in Fernandina Beach including Firestone Tire Center and Goodyear Tire Center. For a few years he also operated the Florida Start Inspection Center in Fernandina Beach. For nearly 25 years he operated H & H Service Center on 8th Street. He had a reputation for being generous and helpful through his business, especially for those who could not afford his services or needed his help.

He enjoyed golfing and was considered quite good. He played until his health precluded him from playing. He is remembered as good husband and father who was always took care of his family and loved them very much.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Donna Woods; a grandson, Christopher and his siblings, Wilford, James, Nerle, Lottie and Evelyn.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly 63 years, Betty Jo Holland of Fernandina Beach; his children, Kenneth Holland, Matthew Holland and Angie Smith, all of Fernandina Beach; his grandchildren, Shawna, Sydney, Sabryn, Jenna, Molly, Savannah and Destiny; his great grandchildren, Thorn, Gage and Adaline as well as several extended family members.

He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery at a later date.

The family asks that he be remembered by gifts, in his memory, to the charity of one’s choice.


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