Douglas Lewis Holt, 60, of McGehee, died in his home surrounded by family on November 26, 2021 in McGehee.
He was born in Dumas on July 22, 1961 to Kenneth Clyde and Vashti Lewis Holt.
Lewis was a graduate of from McGehee High School where he excelled in football, having the honor of being awarded “All-State.” He continued his football career in college while playing for Ouachita Baptist University. He graduated with an Ag Business degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He later relocated to McGehee to help his father farm. For 26 years, he loved growing cotton. Then, his son, Bradley, joined him on the farm where they had many wonderful memories together.
In his off season, Lewis could be found duck hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed introducing his hobbies to his three grandsons. Anytime “Pop Pop” and his “three mules,” as he called them, were together, there was abundant wrestling, rough housing, and laughter in the house. His first granddaughter is expected to join the family in December, and he was so excited that his “baby girl” was having a baby girl.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of McGehee where he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. During his last several years, the most important component of Lewis’s life was his relationship with his Lord and Savior. He developed a deep passion for sharing Christ with others. He was always looking for opportunities to share about the love of Jesus Christ. He loved ministering and witnessing by helping anyone in need. He knew the change God had created in his life, and he wanted everyone to experience the love, grace, and power of God like he had. After hearing of his cancer diagnosis, Lewis was excited about the thought that he would be meeting his Jesus soon.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Clyde Holt.
Survivors include his mother, Vashti, of McGehee; his wife of 33 years, Beth Ann, of McGehee; his son, Bradley Holt, wife, Courtney and grandchildren, Camden and Brant of McGehee; daughter, Kara Beth Linn and husband, Colby, and grandchildren Samuel and Ellie Grace of McGehee; his brother, Ken and his wife Lorrie, of Dumas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 27, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at McGehee First Baptist Church.
The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, November 28, at 2:30pm with Brother Ed Balducci, Brother David Brown and Brother Rick Miller officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Frank Appleberry, David Binns, Mark Day, Todd Fortenberry, Marty Gilbert, Jay Hardin, Malcolm Massey, David Earl McNeely, Jimmy Mitchell, Philip Morris, Paul Peacock, John Robinson, and Eddie Young. Pallbearers are Jesse Abbott, Jacob Appleberry, Zach Christmas, Randy Cox, Dustin Day, Stephen Day, Grant Gill, Colmon Massey, and William Milligan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McGehee First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, Arkansas 71654 and Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800.