Mrs. Elizabeth G. Holt

Mrs. Elizabeth G. Holt, of Newnan, Georgia, age 91, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, following an extended illness. She was affectionately called “Betty” by friends and family.

Mrs. Holt was born in Caroline County, Virginia, on Nov. 11, 1922, the daughter of Ryland and Aston Gravatt of Hanover, Virginia. Mrs. Holt graduated from Madison College in 1944 and soon after taught first grade in Sykesville, Maryland. She enjoyed serving as a camp counselor for children from the Virginia Methodist Children’s Home in the summers during her college days. While in Maryland, “Betty” received a newspaper clipping of the “Virginia Advocate,” which led her to Emory University Theology School for postgraduate studies. It was there that she vicariously met William M. Holt (Bill) in the process and later learned that it was Bill who wrote the newspaper clipping. She married Bill Holt in 1946.

As a pastor’s wife, Mrs. Holt lived in La Paz, Bolivia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, but lived the majority of her life in various cities and towns in Georgia, most recently living in Carrollton and Newnan, Georgia.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, William “Bill” Holt of Newnan; her son, Jim Holt of Newnan; daughters, Judi Presnell of Carrollton, Janis Collins of N. Augusta, South Carolina; sister, Patricia Inge (Tommy) of Blackstone, Virginia; sister-in-law, Francis Sousa of Atlanta; grandchildren, Chris Presnell (and Stacey), Robin Keller (and Jake), Alise Cartlege (and Chris), Kirk Holt (and Kristen), Ben Collins, Jason Collins, Ryan Collins, Scott Collins (and Stefanie); and three great-grandchildren with another on the way.

There will be a special Garden Memorial service following cremation for the immediate family in the Suzanna Wesley Gardens of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, a beloved place dear to Elizabeth’s heart, where she and William honeymooned and where she took family in the summers as a gift to enjoy and treasure God’s beauty with her. It was always her desire “not to give things but to give memories” and so she brought her extended family each year to spend time together in unison to build family memories. It is with great honor and admiration for her gentle spirit and giving heart that her earthly life finds final rest in her treasured earthly “eden.” We all love her dearly and treasure the memories she gave each of us. Just as in her memoirs of growing up, “Journey of the Heart,” her life was indeed a journey of the heart and we are eternally grateful to God that He shared her with us before returning her to His loving arms.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Agape Hospice, 126 W. Montgomery Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180.

Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com .

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.



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