Roy Gene Holt was born Dec. 30, 1944 in Altus to Thomas Guy and Myrtle (Williams) Holt. He married Evie Prestridge May 11, 1971 in Vernon, Texas. He served his country in the United States Army, Navy and Navy Reserves. While in the Navy he was an aircraft mechanic. He served in Vietnam and received a Vietnam service medal with a bronze star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal, among other medals and commendations. He was a brick mason by trade. Roy was a member of the Baptist Church in Altus as well as a member of the VFW Post 398. He loved to go fishing, write, sing songs and play his guitar. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and family.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Guy Holt and Myrtle Williams Holt; brother, James Holt; sister, Shirley Ann Smith; brother-in-law, Michael “Smitty” Smith; sister, Darlene “Dart” Evans; brother-in-law, Dinky Evans; brother-in-law, Tommy Sims; and brother, Jim Holt.
He is survived by his wife Evie Lorene (Prestridge) Holt of the home; six children, Roy Holt, Jr. of Texas, Tommy Joe Holt and wife Michelle of Blair, Donna J. Holt of Texas, Teresa Hayes and husband David of Oklahoma City, Shirley Surles of Altus, and Mattie Underwood and husband Tony of Mustang; 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Christopher, Delana, Sean, Justina, Rechael, Cindy, Heather, Ashley, Nicholas, Shawna and Leigh; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jacky Holt and wife Amy of Georgia, and Johnny Holt of Missouri; seven sisters, Betty Farrow of Binger,Thelma Sanborne and husband Jim of Florida, Lawanda Rogers and husband Billy of Altus, Francine Morris and husband Shawn of Altus, Lynett Mullis and husband Sherman of Oklahoma City, Valarie Holt of Altus, Jannet Collier and husband Fred of Altus; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Kincannon Funeral Home Gathering Room. Additional parking for the funeral Friday is available in Kincannon’s back parking lot, Best Western Hotel to the South and Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse to the North. Online tributes may be made and the tribute video may be viewed at kincannonfuneralhome.com