Tribune-Courier General Manager
Long-time Benton city councilman Kenton Holland, 91, died Saturday following an apparent heart attack.
Holland was Benton’s longest serving city councilman, having first been elected to the office in the late 1960’s. He chose not to seek reelection in 2008 at the age of 86.
Benton Mayor Steve Cary said Holland’s service to the city was “second to no one.”
“He supported anything that would move the city of Benton forward,” said Cary. “He gave a great deal of time to community service.”
Rita Dotson, Benton city councilwoman, served alongside Holland for two years before he retired from the post.
“It was an honor to serve with him,” she said. “He was a good steady councilman and gave a great deal of thought to any decision he made on behalf of the city. I had the honor to sit next to him in city council meetings. We had a lot of fun kidding around and I just really enjoyed my time with him.”
Holland graduated from the former Benton High School and worked alongside Coy Creason at Penwalt Corp. in Calvert City. It was there he met Creason and the two men decided to run for city council. During his years in office Holland served six mayors, including Creason, and alongside 31 council members.
At his last city council meeting in December 2008 Holland told The Paducah Sun, “I’m not a politician or a public speaker. I’m proud that the people thought enough of me to re-elect me. It’s been a fulfilling part of my life.”
Holland’s son, Stanley “Butch” Holland, was elected to the Benton City Council when his father left the post. Butch now has the honor of reading and approving the minutes of city council meetings, something the elder Holland had done for many years.
Holland also served 25 years on the Benton Electric Board, was a former member of the Marshall County Hospital Board and a charter member of Benton Country Club. In addition, Holland served 46 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Benton Fire Department.
Funeral services for Kenton Holland will be held today at 11a .m. in the chapel of Collier Funeral Home.