Funeral services for longtime Holmes Community College employee Joey Netherland, Sr. are set for Saturday, June 9 in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus of Holmes Community College. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with services to follow at 3 p.m. A private graveside for family only will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church cemetery in Ebenezer.
Netherland died from injuries sustained in a truck/tractor accident Wednesday evening in Attala County.
Netherland began work at Holmes Community College in 1991 in the maintenance department before taking over as director of the department in 2000. During that time, he also served as a campus police officer.
He also served as a football referee for the MPSA/MAIS for many years.
The son of Reuben and Sylvia Netherland of Lexington, Netherland was born on August 13, 1963. Upon graduation from Central Holmes Academy, Netherland worked at Chevron Service Station, Central Building Supply and Thurmond's Hardware before coming to work at Holmes.
He loved hunting and raising a menagerie of animals. He was deeply devoted to 4-H and spent countless hours at 4-H barns supporting his children and mentoring other children from around the community.
Netherland was preceded in death by his daughter, Payton Sierra Netherland and his father, Reuben Netherland, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Sylvia Netherland of Lexington, MS; brother, Reuben Netherland, Jr. (Donna) of Bowling Green, KY; sister, Kathy Cox (Terry) of Kosciusko, MS and a host of relatives and friends. He is also survived by his children, Shane Chester (Margaret) of Vaughan, MS; Joey Netherland, Jr. (Nan) of Coxburg, MS; Lindsey Killebrew (Brandon) of Brandon, MS; grandchildren: Harper Killebrew, Emma Netherland, Pierce Thomas, Anna Lauren Saxton and Molly Ann Davis.
He was loved by all and was fortunate to have many close friendships that he considered family.
In lieu of the flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Holmes County 4-H Payton Netherland Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 330, Lexington, MS 39095 or the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3529 Ebenezer Road, Lexington, MS 39095.