James “Paul” Holt, 83, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 24, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Cleveland on Sept. 20, 1929, a son of the late Ernest and Dovie Holt.
He was of the Church of God faith. He was a veteran of the United States Army having faithfully served his country during the Korean War.
His lifelong career and passion was building racing engines and he was also was a very dominant figure in the local race car arena. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles in his earlier years and rode for the Factory Harley Davidson Team.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma Jo Holt; and a second wife, Wanda Bryant Holt; two sisters: Bonnie Boles and Lola Mae Wooten.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory one son, J.P. Holt and wife, Judy; three daughters: Debbie Carden, Carrie Jo Holt and Paula Garner and husband, Billy: three stepchildren: Mitzi DeLay, Tony DeLay (Anne) and Anna Williams (Robby); 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and numerous other extended family members and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Lee University Church Street Annex Sanctuary (the old First Baptist Church), 340 Church Street in Cleveland with the Rev. Will Dixson Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Doug Lenderman, Rick Hilton, Monty Morrow, Ernie Boles, Jeff Masingale and Cory Holt serving as pallbearers.
The committal service will conclude with military honors.
The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday afternoon March 26, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Paul and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Holt family with these arrangements.