Mr. James Lafay Holt, 86, of Leesburg, GA, passed away February 6 at his home in Leesburg.
He was born on April 14, 1935, in Baker County, GA, to the late James Burl and Ruby Paul Holt.
James was born into a sharecropper’s family where he learned the value of family relationships,
faith and hard work. He loved the outdoors as an avid hunter and runner participating in numerous
racing events including the Boston Marathon. He loved music and times with family singing gospel
and old country songs. He became a believer and follower of Jesus Christ at a young age and served
as a deacon in his local church. He modeled his faith among his family and friends with a heart of
service and generosity reflecting Christ to generations.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Jan Shannon and
brothers Donald and Daniel. Survivors include his siblings Sadie, Sydney and Nadine;
his wife of 68 years, Lula Tift Barfield Holt; three children, James Dean Holt (wife Carol),
Russell Lafay Holt (wife Patricia), and Paul Grayson Holt (wife Tracy); 7 grandchildren;
and 8 great grandchildren.
James will be laid to rest in Leesburg Cemetery on Wednesday, February 9 in the
presence of family as they honor his life well-lived and a spiritual legacy that has
already influenced generations. Mathews Funeral Home will preside over the
funeral arrangements and the Reverend Mark Walker, of First Freewill Baptist Church
of Albany, will conduct the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, financial gifts may be sent to Welch College whose mission
is educating leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical
thought and life. You may give by this page: https://welch.edu/give/ways-to-give/.