Mr. Holt died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born April 1, 1931, in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Eugene and Clara Allman Holt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Traci Holt Owens; twin sister, Jean Owens; and brother, Grady Holt.
Mr. Holt attended Cornelia First Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon and was an enthusiastic Sunday School participant. He was a former member of N.E. Georgia Mountain Hiking Club, Nantahala Hiking Club, Soup Kitchen volunteer, Little Tennessee Water Association (Macon County), and Habitat for Humanity (Macon County). Mr. Holt was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a professional firefighter, having served as assistant fire chief in Clarkesville, for four years, and formerly having served the citizens of Montgomery County, Md., with 25 years of loyal and dedicated service.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Mae M. Holt of Demorest; daughters, Tami H. Duncan of Walhalla, S.C., and Kelli H. Matthews of Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Ricky Wilson of Mt. Airy, brother, Tom Holt of Tacoma, Wash.; brother-in-law, Jesse Ray Owens of Clayton; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Holt family will receive friends at the church an hour prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 300, Boone, N.C. 28607; or Victory Home, P.O. Box 7, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Holt family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, December 25, 2013