Long-time Lee County Justice Court Judge pulls out of race

Sadie Holland

An era is ending. Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland has pulled out of the race for reelection to her District 3 judgeship. She has held the position since first being elected in 2003. Holland, 86, said she doesn’t like being interviewed by the media but, instead, issued a detailed press release announcing her retirement. She did, however, offer this statement during a brief phone call Monday: “I need to get out of this mess and devote my time to the funeral home,” she said. Holland works at Holland Funeral Directors with her partners, son Steve Holland and grandson McKinley Holland, in a position she calls “a full time job in itself.” She said, “I do not mind work as it propels me and motivates me to achieve and deliver.” Indeed, Holland has worked most of her adult life, starting her public service in the 1960s as a school bus driver, “one of the first women in the state do to so,” according to her release. During the 1980s, Holland became the first female mayor of Nettleton. She was also court administrator for Tupelo City Court for many years. Her official resignation reads as follows: “After much thought and prayer, today I am announcing my withdrawal from the 3rd District Justice Court position in Lee County. The time has come for me to devote the remaining time I have to serving the needs of those hundreds of wonderful families who entrust their death care needs to my family and me.” Holland also declared she has enjoyed “every minute” of her more than 50 years of public service and the public honoring her with “your loyalty, trust and confidence.” She added that she is honored and “most proud” to have never had one negative citation from the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. “I have tempered justice with mercy in every case I could and have been fair, honest and transparent with all of you.” She ends her tenure as the oldest serving justice court judge in Mississippi. “The years continue to roll for me,” she wrote. “My life has been full, rich and purposeful. I have known the joy of mothering 6 sons, being Gran Gran to 21 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren (sic) and a couple great great grandchildren. “Thank you for your support and encouragement over these many years. I will continue to be active in my Church, Community, my business, with my family and friends. You have made this earthly journey one of enormous pleasure and worth. God bless all of you and my undying gratitude for allowing me to be your public servant.”

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