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Arthur ‘Art’ Ernst Holdt
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A memorial service for Arthur “Art” Ernst Holdt, 95, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Demorest, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. Interment will follow in the Demorest City Cemetery.

Mr. Holdt died Monday, July 23, 2012.

Born May 30, 1917, Art grew up in several Northeast Georgia towns including Clayton and Demorest. He attended North Georgia College and the Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1941. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served proudly for 26 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked Dec. 7, 1941, and was in the Pacific front during World War II. In 1954-55, he served in Korea during the Korean War. After retiring from the Marines, he taught high school math in northern Virginia for 10 years.

Art was the oldest of four children born to Ernst Holdt and Mell Justus Holdt. Siblings who preceded him in death are Robert Holdt, Carolyn Duncan and Matsy Crawford.

After WWII, Art married Florence Buerckholtz Holdt, who preceded him in death. Their two surviving children are Cathy Holdt of Indianapolis, Ind., and Arthur Holdt Jr. of Hampstead, Md. Others surviving include granddaughters Cristie Dukehart and Julie Valeriano-Holdt, and four great-grandchildren, Isadora Dukehart, Kane Pargoe, Trent Pargoe and Dominic Valeriano-Holdt. Art’s surviving nieces are Joann Dubeck and Althea Thomas; nephews are Michael Duncan and Alan Crawford.

Art spent his last years in Naples and lived with Martha Rambie. They enjoyed traveling, square-dancing and volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels and Collier Harvest. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the service hour.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

October 3, 2012