WS "Fluke" Holland

April 22, 1935September 23, 2020

WS “Fluke” Holland, age 85 of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at his home following a short illness.

WS was born April 22, 1935 in Saltillo, Tennessee, to the late Clifford C. and Willie Vea Holland of Saltillo, TN. WS graduated from JB Young High School in 1953. He joined the Carl Perkins Brothers Band in 1954 and toured with them until 1960 when he joined Johnny Cash as a member of The Tennessee Three. He toured the world with Johnny Cash as his drummer and road manager until his retirement in 1997, Cash named WS “Father of the Drums”. WS stayed active in the music business with his own band through 2019.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mabel McBride Freeman of Jackson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Lindsey Holland, daughters Kim Holland Lovelace and Krista Holland, grandchildren Lindsey Griffith and husband Kevin of Nashville, Ben Holland Lovelace and fiancé Sarah Grace Scott, and great grandchildren Madelyn Elaine Griffith and Michael Griffith.

The family will receive friends and loved ones at West Jackson Baptist Church on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the service following at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Ridgecrest Cemetery. The family requests that masks been worn during visitation and service and that guests be mindful of and practice social distancing.

Active Pallbearers to serve will be Ben Lovelace, Kevin Griffith, Ron Haney, Dave Roe, Jack Props, Jerry Elston, Larry Murchison, and Marty Stuart.

Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Collins, Larry Green, Earl Ball, Alan Wheeler, and Jimmy Reece.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to West Jackson Baptist Church Hartland Ministry or YouthTown of Tennessee.

George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel, (731) 427-5555


  • Joyce Lindsey Holland, Wife
  • Kim Holland Lovelace, Daughter
  • Krista Holland, Daughter
  • Lindsey Griffith (Kevin), Granddaughter
  • Ben Holland Lovelace (fiance Sarah Grace Scott), Grandson
  • Madelyn Elaine Griffith, Great Grandchildren
  • Michael Griffith, Great Grandson
  • Clifford C. and Willie Vea Holland, Parents (deceased)
  • Mabel McBride Freeman, Sister (deceased)

  • Ben Lovelace, Active
  • Kevin Griffith, Active
  • Ron Haney, Active
  • Dave Roe, Active
  • Jack Props, Active
  • Jerry Elston, Active
  • Larry Murchison, Active
  • Marty Stuart, Active
  • Pete Collins, Honorary
  • Larry Green, Honorary
  • Earl Ball, Honorary
  • Alan Wheeler, Honorary
  • Jimmy Reece, Honorary

  • West Jackson Baptist Church Heartland Ministry
  • YouthTown of Tennessee


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • The Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020


WS "Fluke" Holland

have a memory or condolence to add?

Cynthia Boldt

September 29, 2020

Thank you for the music, Drummer Boy. The music of Heaven will be graced with the rhythm of a train rumbling through the night.
With deepest sympathy
Cynthia Boldt

John McBride

September 25, 2020

Ms. Joyce and Family,
Our hearts hurt for you all during this time. Prayers for comfort . WS touched so many lives. I will always remember our conversations when would meet somewhere in town. I will cherish them forever. Many prayers for all the family and friends of this great man, we all knew as Fluke..Bless you all.

John McBride and Family

David Chapa

September 25, 2020

Joyce, Kim, Krista, and family,

Fluke meant more to me than you all probably know. He and I would talk and visit for hours, as you know, about music, Carl, Johnny, and his memories of working with all the great musicians he recorded with. What I cherished more than anything was his friendship, his time, and learning about his boat racing, his dad, and all of you. We laughed a lot, me and Fluke, and we got serious a time or two but we always just enjoyed each other’s company.

I was proud to have him join me several times in He Wore Black, a Johnny Cash Tribute show and how much he influenced that production and the vision.

This photo is one of my favorites of me and him. Taken in Folsom, CA. It was one of our serious moments. I loved Fluke, I will miss him, but I know I will see him again.

Much love and sincere condolences to you all.


Earl Ball

September 25, 2020

WS "Fluke"Holland was one of my closest traveling companions for 20 of the over the 45 years we have known each other. His jovial attitude a solid advice kept my spirits up and and my worries low while I went thru some of the hardest days of my life mentally and spiritually. He was my Guru! He never charged me either.
I always marveled at how he and Joyce worked together all these years to have a wonderful family and and maintained a lifestyle that most musicians and their families do not ever get to enjoy when it comes to saving and prospering and having a loving and close-knit family. They really showed the rest of us how it can be done if the right two people fall in love and hang in there together. They had a great plan. Fluke did all the mowing and repairing around the ranch and Joyce did all the cooking and there was always a well mowed yard and something good to eat on the table at the Holland house. My heart reaches out to Joyce and Kim, Krista, Ben, Lindsey and the rest of the family and all the other family members and friends and the lovers of the great music American he left behind for us to enjoy for many years.

Wanda Calvert

September 25, 2020

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family for God's comfort and peace. We enjoyed the times we got to hear W. S. Holland play and share his stories. He would always cut up with my husband when he came in to shop at Lowes. We know his life touched many in various ways through the years and as a family we know you have so many special memories that will live on in your hearts.
God bless you, Mike & Wanda Calvert

Ken Nelson

September 25, 2020

Dear Family & Friends of WS Holland,

My sincere sympathies to each of you at this most difficult time.

As a musician (guitar player), I grew up listening and learning Johnny Cash songs. My eyes and ears were affixed to the wonderful sounds of the legendary Tennessee Two and Three, and also other wonderful musicians who added their greatness to live concerts and recordings throughout the years.

I thank God for sharing WS Holland's gift of music for all to enjoy. His heart and soul was in his drumming, and that will live on and on each time we play the many records and videos.

May God's peace and comfort fill each heart that is sad. In Christ Jesus.
Rejoice in knowing, that all of the Tennessee Two and Three are together again..Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant, Bob Wootton, plus, Carl Perkins and the Carter Family. Johnny is leading them in song!

Charlie MacKinnon

September 24, 2020

Fluke was a great addition to the Johnny Cash band,R.I..P..

Ivan Woods

September 24, 2020

Met him three times I think. Always a gracious, funny gentleman

Polly Darnall

September 24, 2020

Joyce and family, condolences to all of you at the loss of your beloved W.S. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Jackson has lost a great man and the best drummer ever.
Joyce may God bless you during this time of sorrow.
Polly Darnall

Jimmy Eldridge

September 24, 2020

WS was a dear friend and fellow musician. Not only was he a great drummer but also a great gentleman . He will be missed by many of us. I had the honor to give him a Proclamation on the House Floor of The Tennessee General Assembly a few years back. WS (Fluke) appreciated this honor very much and he received a standing ovation in his honor. God Bless, Jimmy Eldridge