The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


July 5, 2014

Gary Holt

GREENVILLE — Gary Ray Holt was born March 15, 1947, in his family’s home in Trenton. He departed this life June 26, 2014, at his home in Leonard in the arms of his family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Burr and Oneta Rodgers Holt, and his brother, Joe Holt.  

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Dee) Spangler Holt of Leonard; two children, Greg Holt of Paris, Texas, and Desiray Holt of Trenton; three stepchildren, Tamara Zimmer of Trenton, Mikal Moore of Kansas City, Mo., and Tommy Moore of Greenville; his sister and brother-in-law, Brenda Holt and Leal Knight of Saginaw; five grandchildren, Scott Holt, Clay Butler, Cody Butler, Dakota Connelly, and Kaylee Orozco; one great-grandchild, Connor Holt; six stepgrandchildren, Cameron Moore and wife Emily, Gavin Moore, Garrett Moore, Lane Moore, Jenna Moore and Jeremy Zimmer; one stepgreat-grandchild, Annabelle Rose Moore; aunts Lucille Reed, Jewell Chesser, and  Bobbie Jean Rodgers; one uncle, Bobby J. Rodgers and wife Addy;  and two nieces, Karie Myers and Jennifer Holt Bennett; three nephews, Keenan and Wesley Knight, and Joel Holt; several cousins and many friends who will miss him very much. He also had a large extended family on his wife’s side who loved him very much and helped care for him any time they were needed in the last few years.

Gary grew up in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School in 1965. He worked at various jobs until he went into the U.S. Air Force and served from 1972 to 1976. He made “railroading” his life’s work. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 28 years and retired early due to ill health in 2006. He was an engineer at the time of his retirement. He was active in sports throughout his life and loved all kinds of sports. He enjoyed talking about sports, watching them on TV and listening to games on the radio with his wife, Dee. He also, loved to fish and play cards, but what he loved most besides his family was his little dog, Cadee Bug and she will be lost without him. He was much loved by his family and friends and a bright spot has gone out of their lives.

His family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Gina Rushing and her staff for all their assistance in his health care the past few years. Dr. Rushing always took the time to listen and explain everything Gary wanted to know; and the trust he had in her was immeasurable. Also, no words can express how grateful his family is to Dr. Ellington and the DaVita Dialysis clinic in Greenville. Gary loved the staff and made many friends there over the last four years. Gary’s health declined in June and Hospice Plus in Greenville made it possible for Gary to spend his last days at home with his family. They anticipated all Gary’s needs and met them with kind and gentle care.  They not only took care of Gary’s physical needs but provided emotional and spiritual support for the whole family. The family will be forever grateful to Dr. Thurmond and the wonderful staff of Hospice Plus. God bless all our friends and loved ones for all of the food, flowers, calls and visits, but most of all for all the prayers.

A family and friend’s “Remembrance  Night” is scheduled July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Turrentine Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home in Leonard.

A graveside service will be conducted by Lyn Holly, chaplain for Hospice Plus on July 12 at 10 a.m. at Burns Cemetery in Trenton.

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