Barry L. HoltLittle Rock, AR, 1940 - 2016 0comment
Mr. Barry L. Holt, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the age of 75. He was born on October 20, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Alfred Milford and Edith Elizabeth Holt. Barry had a large family whom he loved and was blessed to have their love. He was married to Patricia Holt on August 31, 1963, and they loved and supported each other until Patricia preceded him in death on January 16, 2001.
Barry is survived by two sons, Todd Holt (Terri) of Little Rock and Jon Holt (Nana) of Portland, Oregon, and three grandsons: Clark and Harper Holt of Little Rock and Ty Holt of Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by his wife, Alice Davidson.
Barry was a member of the St. James United Methodist Church where he met Alice, with whom he would find a new love and renewed love of life. Alice and Barry were married on February 13, 2005. With Alice, her son Darwin Davidson and his wife Li, and most recently little baby, Lia Mae Davidson, Barry enjoyed being surrounded by even more family and love.
After graduating Kirkwood High School and then, later graduating from Drury College in 1963, Barry began his career working for the Oscar Meyer company. In 1965, he moved his family to Little Rock, where he lived most of his life. As a sales representative for the company, he often travelled the Arkansas region and some surrounding states. Barry's work for Oscar Meyer often meant regularly visiting store managers and members of the stores' meat departments, men and women who could intuit Barry was coming. "His voice really carries," it was said of him. "There goes your father," they would tell his son, who would try to keep up with him on store visits. Occasionally, Barry had the joy of coordinating local Weinermobile promotional visits.
Over time, Barry rose and achieved distinction within the company, winning sales awards, working again for its new parent company, Kraft Foods. After retiring from Kraft he started his own company, Empire Marketing, which helped privately owned businesses forge successful partnerships with Wal-Mart. In his later years, he was especially pleased to be associated with Superior Lamb & Veal and The Fishin' Company.
Although Barry was reluctant to fully retire from his work and business, in the past few years he found enjoyment in appreciating a quiet life at home. He became a master gardener, often volunteering to help with landscaping around War Memorial Stadium. He was a lifelong sports fan and regularly attended Razorback football games with Alice. He also had a great love of fishing, and during the summers he loved to spend time on the water in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Hard-working, tireless, and determined to do right, he loved his family and supported their dreams.
Friends may visit at Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72211,(501) 224-8300, Sunday, May 15, 2016, 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Memorial services will be held Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, Little Rock. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery (10200 Hwy 5, Alexander, Arkansas).
Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72212. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Published May 13, 2016
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13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock