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DEC 26 1909

This date for the marriage of William Comer Holt and Jimmy Lenora Wyche has also been recorded as DEC 26 1910. They were married at Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia.

Obituary says Christine was 98 at the time of her death. She lived at 3200 Primrose Road, Columbus, Georgia. Died at Doctors Hospital in 1994. Buried in Linwood Cemetery. She was born SEPT 3 1895 in Columbus, Georgia, daughter of Charlie and Clara Ada Newsome Mote Sr. Christine was the oldest member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church at the time of her death. She is survived by two stepchildren, William Comer Holt Jr. of Ellaville; and Helen Frazer.(Note: William Comer Holt Jr. must be a misprint since Comer Holt's name is Woodrow Comer. Also, the obituary for Christine gives 1895 as the day of her birth, whereas family records give a date of 1897.

HELEN and WILLIAM FRAZER adopted TIMOTHY DONALD on SEPT 25 1959. Tim Married (1) KIMBERLY FRETWELL NOV 9 1979. Divorced 1981. Married (2) TERESA LEWIS MOORE OCT 21 1988. Children by Kimberly Fretwell: DOUGLAS SCOTT FRAZER born JUN 20 1980. Children by Teresa: JENIFER LYNN FRAZER born APRIL 3 1991.

William died JAN 19 1991 after a long confinement following a stroke. Funeral was held at Beallwood Baptist Church with burial at Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia. WILLIAM was born JAN 27 1916 in Phenix City, Alabama, son of MR. & MRS. JOHN ANDERSON FRAZER. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1980 as district manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was a member of Beallwood Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, church treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Survivors include his wife HELEN HOLT FRAZER; a son, TIMOTHY DONALD FRAZER of Cataula, GA; five sisters, NANCY SHULTZ of Garland, Texas, CATHERINE FRAZER and SUE UNDERWOOD, both of Columbus, GA, ANN NIX and CAROLYN NIX, both of Phenix City, Alabama; a brother, HEYWOOD C. FRAZER of Columbus; a grandchild and two step-grandchildren.


John owned part or all of Hogg Island off the Virginia Coast in the vacinity of Jamestown. He came over on the same ship as his daughter Mary, but never arrived as he died aboard ship sometime during the crossing.


WILLIAM HARVEY FOSTER (son of W. C. FOSTER - Civil War veteran - and ELSIE) was born in Benton County AR Kansas February 15, 1856. He married POLLY JANE ASHBURN April 2, 1880 in Garnett, Kansas. They had four children: IRVIN PRESTON, LUTHER WILLIAM, GERTRUDE, and TOM OLIVER. Tom's wife Myrtle turned 106 in 1996. After Polly's death in 1931, William Harvey moved to Columbus, Georgia where he lived with his daughter Gertrude and her family. He died January 29, 1939 in Columbus, Georgia, was buried in Eldorado Springs, Missouri.


POLLY JANE ASHBURN (daughter of WILLIAM H. ASHBURN and DRUSILLA MORRIS) was born October 19 1859 in Garnett, Kansas. She married William Harvey Foster April 2, 1880. Died November 19, 1941 in Eldorado Springs, Missouri. Buried in Eldorado Springs. She was a homemaker.


Otis Norman Shands died in Columbus Hospital, Columbus, Georgia, July 22, 1933. His health had been failing for a year. His symptoms were similar to gall bladder problems. He chose to have surgery, even though he was told it was risky saying he had rather not live than to continue with the suffering.

While conducting exploratory surgery, there was a mistake in administering epidural anesthetic, and his digestive tract was paralyzed. His wife's sister, Maude Holt Jones, was with him when he died. His wife had gone home to get some sleep. Maude reported that just before he died, he sat up in bed and said with a great smile, "Uncle Judge," then laid his head on the pillow and died. Uncle Judge was his father's brother, his favorite uncle who died in the late 1920's.


Peggy was short, energetic, cheerful, humorous, and very competent. She was a licensed practical nurse and a Catholic. She attended Jordan High School, Columbus, Georgia and lived most of her life in Florida. She worked for Dr. Bickerstaff while her husband, Richard Dodd, was overseas in the Army. After the war, he gained a degree in engineering at Auburn. He worked many years with NASA, most of the time at Cape Canaveral where he was in charge of the hangar where the Atlas missile was assembled.

Peggy was living in St. Augustine, Florida when she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her neck. The doctors couldn't find its origin, but she was treated with radiation therapy. At her mother's urging, she moved to Columbus, Georgia to consult doctors there. When her mother saw her in November of 1985, Peggy had lost so much weight and looked so bad, she fell from the shock and broke her hip. Peggy's brother, Norman, was there at the time.

Mary Minerva was in Oak Manor for therapy following surgery on her hip when Peggy received the call from the doctor telling her she had cancer of the esophagus. She elected not to receive treatment. That was December 13, 1985. Peggy died at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Georgia on January 12, 1986 on the morning of what would have been her 61st birthday. Survivors included her mother, Mary Jordan of Columbus; a son Cmdr. Richard P. Dodd of Oak Harbor, Washington; a brother, Dr. Norman Shands, Jr. of Alpharetta, Georgia; and two grandsons.


RICHARD PERSHING DODD, JR., born February 24, 1948, married JUDY LINK June 14, 1969 at Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida. Richard served as Bombardier/Navigator; received award for 1,000 carrier landings; served as CO of his squadron; last duty before retirement was U.S. military attache on staff of NATO. Retired Capt. U.S. Navy. President of a charter airline which he founded. Judy teaches school in Oak Harbor (Special Education)


DEREK DODD born December 25, 1970. Graduated University of Washington, employed by Lockheed in Atlanta, Georgia.

DARYLL DODD born August 18, 1975. Graduate student at North Carolina State.



VICKI JO LESTER, born OCT 5 1939, married MICHAEL EISLER, born JAN 14 1930, on October 7, 1978

CYNTHIA SHANDS LESTER, born AUG 21, 1944, married SAM GOLDMAN on NOV 27 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. Married Ralph Bauer, born SEPT 7, 1944, on FEB 14 1998.

JAMES RALPH LESTER, JR., born NOV 17 1945, married LINDA FLEMING JUNE 13 1970 in Dallas, Texas. Married JO ELLEN HENRY, born DEC 27, 1944, on SEPT 26 1987.


AMEY GOLDMAN, born JULY 21 1968, married M.L. Edward Strothers, born AUG 5 1969, on NOV 6 1993.







CAROLINE ELSIE CERTAIN was born May 11, 1890 in Palmer, Kansas, Washington County. She married (1) JUSTUS A. (TIPP) CAVENDER January 8, 1911. Justus died February 20 1916. Caroline married (2) ERIN NELSON July 14, 1916. Erin was born November 25 1889 in Williamsburg, Kansas, Franklin County. Caroline died July 20, 1961 at Missoula, Montana.

CHILDREN: by Tipp Cavender

1. JUSTUS NELSON born November 2, 1912, Greely, Kansas

2. Frederick Harold born June 6, 1914, Greely, Kansas

CHILDREN: by Erin Nelson

3. ROBERT ERIN born January 8, 1918 in Finn, Montana

4. LAWRENCE EUGENE born October 28, 1923 in Libby, Nontana

5. ELSIE JEAN born January 29, 1926 in Libby, Montana

6. BETTY MAE born January 4, 1941 in Hot Springs, Montana, Sanders County. Married M. McHugh, Sr.


SYLVIA JOSEPHINE CERTAIN was born in Garnett Kansas on July 18 1897. Died March 10, 1988 at Columbus, Georgia. Married (1) Frank Orval Gillette (born September 8, 1895, died February 5, 1941). Had a daughter, SYLVIA FRANCES GILLETTE, born June 10, 1918. Married (2) ERNEST CLIFTON BERRY (son of Mr. and Mrs. James Berry, born June 24, 1881, Roseville, Arkansas) on May 8, 1944 at San Antonio, Texas. Ernest died June 14, 1985. Sylvia Frances Gillette never married, and died November 20, 1996. Sylvia Josephine, Ernest C. Berry, and Frances Sylvia Gillette are all buried at Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.

Remembering William Perry Holt
A Recollection by O. Norman Shands 1998.
The first funeral I remember was Grandpa's [William Perry Holt]. I remember only the interment on a cold, damp November day and the meal at Uncle Comer's afterward with my cousin, Pauline serving people at the table. It seems that she was a college student at the time, and I thought she was the most elegant lady I had ever seen. I was six years old. I also remember standing in the yard at Uncle Lon's before grandpa died and hearing the men talk about the third stroke usually taking a person out. I must have gone there with Perry. He often let me go places with him.

William Perry Holt
A Recollection by O. Norman Shands 1998.
Grandpa [William Perry Holt] would engage in various business ventures, including operating cotton gins and grist mills. My mother [Mary Minerva Holt Shands Jordan] loved to talk of his phenomenal memory, honed by taking a course on memory offered by an itinerant teacher. She said that he would take orders from butchers for beef, bring cows into Columbus by rail, and deliver what each butcher had ordered without ever making a written note. She said he had the ability to look at a cow and estimate accurately the amount of each cut of beef the cow would produce.

Mother said her dad was an obsessive gambler. She thought that was one reason her mother [Maggie Saphronia Cardwell Holt] hated playing cards with a passion. She would run the farm with the help of the children and a Negro family while grandpa was busy with his business ventures that sometimes included building a bridge, or clearing the right of way for a dam. I think I heard her say that he had such a contract for the building of the Goat Rock Dam.

He was much younger than his brother Elias [Elias J. Holt]. From what I have heard, Uncle Elias was serious, responsible, and upright, while grandpa was a free spirit, the typical rebellious preacher's son. Mother said that her dad made much more money than Uncle Elias, but, because of his gambling, he did not accumulate wealth as his brother did. Reminds me of the prodigal and the elder brother.

One of Mother's stories about her papa, as she called him, was about his taking his son Ed [Eddie C. Holt] to town with him when Ed was young. They went to a place he didn't want grandma to know he had taken Ed. One of the reasons he had taken Ed was to buy him a pair of pants. He bought Ed two pairs of pants on the condition that he would keep their visit to the questionable place -- I don't remember if she said what the place was -- a secret. Ed was showing his mother his new pants when she said, "Ed, why did your pa buy you two pairs of pants?" Before he realized it, Ed blurted out, "So I wouldn't tell where we went." Oops!

Eddie C. Holt's Son
John Holt, the son of Uncle Ed [Eddie C. Holt], had a gift with reference to timber. He could look at a tree and estimate accurately the number of board feet it would yield of any type of lumber. --As remembered by Otis Norman Shands, Jr.

Alonzo Holt
A Recollection by O. Norman Shands 1998.

Uncle Lon [Alonzo Holt] was father to Amy Holt Dykes. When he was a young man, his father [William Perry Holt] would have him demonstrate his physical strength by lifting a bale of cotton.

Elizabeth Bettie Holt
A Recollection by O. Norman Shands 1998.

Grandpa [William Perry Holt] had a sister named Elizabeth Bettie who married a hired hand on her father's farm, named H. Stanford Harris. I remember their daughter, Mamie, who wrote and published plays, many of which were produced in High Schools. I had a part in one of her plays which the youth group of Eastern Heights Baptist Church produced. She did not direct the play, but she worked with the director and with us on two occasions. She married Lufay (sp.?) Mobley, who was active in real estate in Columbus. They had one son, Beverly, who was a skilled violinist. He was drafted into the Army while a student at Mercer University. At the time of the D-Day operation, he was reported missing in action. Cousin Mamie never gave up the hope that he would be found, but she was so obsessive about it that she practically lost her mind. Her last years were spent as a complete invalid. She was cared for by a faithful practical nurse who married Lufay after her death. This second wife was a resident of the Ralston when mother was there. I sat beside her one day at the morning worship service of First Baptist Church. Mother loved to tell how Cousin Mamie would come in to Columbus by train to take lessons in expression and elocution, as they called it, when she was a girl. In this way she evidently developed her creative talents. By the way, working with her play in our youth group was one of the experiences that quickened my interest in things spiritual and helped me to believe I might have something to offer in Christ's service.

The George

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