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Georgia Baptist pastor and Hilham, Tenn. native Charles “Pap” Ray Holt Sr. died Nov. 26. He was 77.

Holt was preceded in death by his brothers, Waymon Carr Holt, Edmund Hugh Holt and James Eubert Holt; sisters, Elphia Edith Brown and Lucille Brown; and grandson, Richard Gresham.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sadie Wooden Holt. He is also survived by his children, Cynthia Holt Alexander of Macon, Charles R. Holt, Jr. of Warner Robins, Cheryl Naja of Atlanta, Cathie Holt Wood of Warner Robins, and Clay Holt of Roberta; sisters, Ruth Fannin, Kay Day, Wynelle Taylor, Virginia Brown and Glenna Hokem; brothers, Sonny Holt, Huston Brown and Carson Holt; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Holt served as pastor at Elberta Baptist Church for 30 years.


Shirley GeNelle Powell LeCroy of Royston died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens on Nov. 21. She was 69.

She is survived by her husband, retired Chattooga Baptist Associational Missionary Doug LeCroy; daughters, Jo Hendrick of Elberton and Robin Dean of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Polly Kelly of Simpsonville, S.C.; and two granddaughters.

LeCroy was a member at Liberty Congregational Church.