(PELL CITY) The funeral for Rayburn "Ray" Holt, 73, of Pell City, formerly of Wedowee, will be Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Wedowee, with Bro. Dan Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

Per the family's request, for anyone attending the service, please wear something patriotic or representing the Crimson Tide in memory of Mr. Holt.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Mr. Holt passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, at his daughter's home in Pell City.

An Atlanta native, Mr. Holt was born Aug. 15, 1948, the son of Roy Eugene and Evelyn Dumas Holt. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and never forgot how to pray. He loved his church and church family. Mr. Holt was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He took pride in his service to his country, and after his memory started failing him, he always talked about his time in the army.

Mr. Holt worked for A&P Grocery in Fairburn, Ga., for 28 years. After retiring in 1999, he moved his family to Wedowee. Mr. Holt loved spending time with his children and grandsons. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he hardly ever missed the kids' fishing derby. He loved his Bama football!

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty L. Holt of Pell City; three daughters, Nikki Mitchell (Tim) and Izzy Holt, both of Pell City, and Angela Orr of Buchanan, Ga.; three sons, Matthew Holt (Kayla Michelle) of Roanoke, Gavin Holt (Maria) of Alex City and Skyler Holt of Pell City; three grandsons, Frankie Holt, Teee Mitchell and Tyee Mitchell; five sisters, Marty Switalski (Bruce) of Huntsville, Frances Fraser of Hull, Texas, Jeannie Holt of Villa Rica, Ga., Linda Dockery (Jesse) and Wanda Moore of Griffin, Ga.; brother, Ernest Holt of Griffin; and host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Holt was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Holt; sister, Sarah Harper; and granddaughter, Bella Holt.

Pallbearers will be Matt Holt, Gavin Holt, Skyler Holt, Teee Mitchell, Scottie Patillo and Keith Mulder.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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