Hoyt T. Holland Jr., 93, of Jackson, insurance executive and political redistricting consultant, died of natural causes on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson. Funeral services are at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 2 p.m., preceded by visitation at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Parkway Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Holland, a native of Jackson, was vice president of Mutual Insurance Agency Inc. of Jackson from 1974 until his retirement in 1996. Prior to that, he was a political redistricting consultant starting in 1968, first at Comprehensive Planners Inc. of West Point and later as principal of Hoyt Holland & Associates of Jackson. In this capacity, he shaped voting districts for the state Legislature, the state Supreme Court, and many counties across Mississippi, as well as other elective offices, in accordance with requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was appointed special master in the redistricting of Leflore County in 1973 by the late U.S. District Court Judge William C. Keady, then chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. He was a former regional vice president of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. of America, based in Jackson, and previously was vice president of Holland and Gates Inc., a general insurance agency for Fireman’s Fund and American Insurance Co. on North Congress Street. He was a member of The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose and the Pioneer Insurance Club, and had served both as president. A lifelong member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, he had served on the Administrative Board, the Ushering Committee, and the Finance Committee.
Mr. Holland, born March 18, 1925, was the son of Hoyt T. and Elizabeth Holloman Holland. He was a 1942 graduate of Central High School, where he played cornet in the band. After his freshman year at Mississippi State College, now Mississippi State University, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a member of Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 53. He returned to Mississippi State and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Kappa Alpha Order. He was an avid tennis player and golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie Stigler Holland of Jackson; daughter, Beth Holland of Locust Valley, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Alice Holland of Madison; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Chris Rountree of Madison; grandchildren, Mary Leah Milnes of Rosslyn, Va., Hannah Milnes of Boston, Mass., and Holland, Haley and Christopher Rountree, all of Madison; sister, Mrs. Joseph C. (Josephine) Odom of Jackson, sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert L. (Mary) Thompson of Pluto Plantation in Holmes County; and many nieces and nephews, as well as their children and grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Harry Boadwee, Richard Odom, Robert L. Thompson Jr., William M. Thompson, Louis S. Thompson, Michael Thompson and Christopher A. Rountree Jr.
Memorials may be made to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1092, Jackson, MS 39215; the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 31954, Jackson, MS 39286; the Boy Scouts of America Andrew Jackson Council, 855 Riverside Dr., Jackson, MS 39202; or to a favorite charity.