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    B.B. Holland of College Station, TX passed on Feb. 29. He was a retired school principal. He will be remembered for hosting nearly 40 annual Studebaker picnics at his home and for founding the Central Texas Chapt in early 80's. In 1998, he was the driving force in organizing the International meet, co-hosted by 3 TX chapters in Austin. He never missed an int'l meet until he became disabled in recent years.
    Barry'd in Studes

  • #2
    B.B. was a great guy, and will be missed, Rest in peace my friend.

    Jim
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    • #3
      Many fond memories attending the many chapter outings held at his home. He was a real Texas gentleman. One of the great leaders in the club. Enjoy the great Studebaker beyond...

      Bo
      Bo

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      • #4
        In 1992 my wife and I were on our honeymoon travelling the US, attending the Nashville International Meet, and whilst in Texas checking out a nice 1964 HT we met a young lady who said to go see her Dad and Mom at their home in College Station not far away. We called in and BB & Hazel were great hosts for the day, made us feel very welcome.
        Last month when clearing space in the garage for another 64 Stude I came across a letter from BB and photos of his Studes, a real nice bloke.

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        • #5
          Wow - it is with a very heavy heart that I read this.

          I remember meeting BB when I started going head-first into Studebakers in 1992/93 while in college. My family had always had them and my interest got my Uncle Denson interested in getting back into them as well. BB got a good chuckle at one of the first meetings that we went to because Denson was embarrassed to go into the restaurant and eat with a lot of people he did not know - BB finally got him comfortable enough to sit through the meeting and it was game-on after that - by 2000, family members would sometimes show up with 4 or 5 Studebakers at a SDC Central Texas chapter meeting.

          He and Hazel always put on a wonderful "pic-nic" for the Central Texas Chapter every year at their home. There was always a good turn out of Studebakers - or Barry Hackney showing up one year with a late 80's Dodge pickup he had installed a Studebaker 289 V8 in - such good times. One car that always stands out is the 1950 Champion 4 door that I believe one of BB's relatives bought brand new. He will be missed by all who knew him - RIP and drive carefully.
          Last edited by 62champ; 03-02-2020, 07:10 PM.

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          • #6
            I drove a Dodge p.u. back then, but it was Larry Brooks who showed up with the Stude-powered Dodge, not me. I saw Larry last weekend at the Decatur swap meet & bought a couple of things from him. Funny that your uncle Denson was a little nervous about meeting new folks because he was always the first guy who would spot a new person and make him feel at home. I have his low mi 53 Landcruiser here..Great memories!
            Last edited by TX Rebel; 03-03-2020, 07:37 AM.
            Barry'd in Studes

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            • #7
              January 20, 1934 – March 1, 2020

              Bartlett Blandford “B.B.” Holland, 86 passed away March 1, 2020 in Bryan. B.B. was born January 20, 1934 in Bryan, TX. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan in 1951 and Texas A&M University in 1955 with a degree in History and received his master’s degree at Texas A&M in Educational Administration in 1958. He taught school for one year in Mercedes, TX before returning to College Station to teach in the A&M Consolidated school district for 34 years. B.B. taught 8th grade history for 16 years and world history and photography at the high school for 2 years and 16 years as Principal at South Knoll Elementary until his retirement in 1990. B.B. wore many hats during his tenure: He coached the High School Boys Golf team from 1960 to 1974 to many victories including first place in 1968-69 and second place in 1967-68 in the Texas 3A State championship tournament, and numerous district and regional titles; He drove a bus route and the high school band bus for many years, and filmed the high school football games. As Principal, his stern demeanor hid a marshmallow heart and he was as likely to be found cleaning the cafeteria dumpster as in his office. He was always looking for and finding ways to improve the school and take the best care of its teachers and students.

              B.B. stayed just as busy outside the classroom. He filmed the Texas A&M football team practices and regular and bowl games for 24 years, never missing a game, and many basketball and baseball games, as well. B.B. and Hazel took wedding photos for many years and were very active in the Studebaker Drivers Club for over 40 years and charter members of the Central Texas Chapter.

              B.B. loved Hazel, his nine acres, Texas A&M, his cars, and his cat and would do anything for his three girls. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Holland of College Station; daughters, Janeen Wood and husband Don, Lisa Kelm and husband Kelvin, and Newell Slavin and husband Al; grandchildren, Meagan McKellar and husband Gilbert Sawtelle IV, Dillen Ashton and wife Sydney, Grace Kelm, Nathan Kelm, Spencer Slavin and wife Breanna, and Kathleen Slavin; great grandchildren Olivia Slavin and Charlotte Ashton and “adopted” sons Paul Hirschler and Scott Reid.

              Visitation will be held Thursday March 5th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan and the funeral service will be held Friday March 6th graveside at Bryan City Cemetery at 10:30am.

              Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of College Station or ALZ.org.

              Express your condolences at CallawayJones.com
              Barry'd in Studes

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              • #8
                January 20, 1934 – March 1, 2020

                Bartlett Blandford “B.B.” Holland, 86 passed away March 1, 2020 in Bryan. B.B. was born January 20, 1934 in Bryan, TX. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan in 1951 and Texas A&M University in 1955 with a degree in History and received his master’s degree at Texas A&M in Educational Administration in 1958. He taught school for one year in Mercedes, TX before returning to College Station to teach in the A&M Consolidated school district for 34 years. B.B. taught 8th grade history for 16 years and world history and photography at the high school for 2 years and 16 years as Principal at South Knoll Elementary until his retirement in 1990. B.B. wore many hats during his tenure: He coached the High School Boys Golf team from 1960 to 1974 to many victories including first place in 1968-69 and second place in 1967-68 in the Texas 3A State championship tournament, and numerous district and regional titles; He drove a bus route and the high school band bus for many years, and filmed the high school football games. As Principal, his stern demeanor hid a marshmallow heart and he was as likely to be found cleaning the cafeteria dumpster as in his office. He was always looking for and finding ways to improve the school and take the best care of its teachers and students.

                B.B. stayed just as busy outside the classroom. He filmed the Texas A&M football team practices and regular and bowl games for 24 years, never missing a game, and many basketball and baseball games, as well. B.B. and Hazel took wedding photos for many years and were very active in the Studebaker Drivers Club for over 40 years and charter members of the Central Texas Chapter.

                B.B. loved Hazel, his nine acres, Texas A&M, his cars, and his cat and would do anything for his three girls. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Holland of College Station; daughters, Janeen Wood and husband Don, Lisa Kelm and husband Kelvin, and Newell Slavin and husband Al; grandchildren, Meagan McKellar and husband Gilbert Sawtelle IV, Dillen Ashton and wife Sydney, Grace Kelm, Nathan Kelm, Spencer Slavin and wife Breanna, and Kathleen Slavin; great grandchildren Olivia Slavin and Charlotte Ashton and “adopted” sons Paul Hirschler and Scott Reid.

                Visitation will be held Thursday March 5th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan and the funeral service will be held Friday March 6th graveside at Bryan City Cemetery at 10:30am.

                Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of College Station or ALZ.org.

                Express your condolences at CallawayJones.com
                Barry'd in Studes

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                • #9
                  We will always remember BB as one of SDC's most valued members. Along with Hazel they worked wonders in planning the International Meet in Austin many years ago when I was International Meet Chair. There was nothing they wouldn't do to ensure the pleasure of all those who attended that meet. Rest in peace BB. We will never forget you.

                  Stu and Thelma Chapman

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                  • #10
                    This is a PDF file of the 1998 SDC International Meet report that was headed up by BB and his wife Hazel. Looks to be scanned in from the November, 1998, Turning Wheels magazine. I was close enough to be able to sleep at home, but over the week, drove three different Studebakers into Austin to join in the fun.

                    http://studebakervendors.com/sdc/SDC...eet-Report.pdf

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