Smithfield: Obituaries

Edward Glen Holt

Rev. Dr. Edward Glen Holt, 82, died on January 7, 2015. Glen was a native of Johnston County who served North Carolina Baptist churches throughout his career, including a 30 year pastorate at the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville.

Glen was the sixth of eight children born to David Milton Holt and Anna Mildred Powell Holt. Glen graduated from Smithfield High School in 1950, Mars Hill Junior College in 1952, Wake Forest College in 1954 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958.

Glen was ordained in 1955 at Pisgah Baptist Church in Smithfield. Glen served as pastor of Sardis Baptist Church in Smithfield, Hephzibah Baptist Church in Princeton, Grassy Creek Baptist Church in Granville County, First Baptist Church of Hillsborough, First Baptist Church of Mount Olive and First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, where he also served as Pastor Emeritus after his retirement.

From 1991 to 1993, Glen served as President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, having previously served three terms as President of the convention’s General Board. Glen served on the Board of Trustees of Campbell University, the Board of Directors of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and as President of the Ministerial Alumni Association of Wake Forest University.

Glen preached abroad on mission trips to Jamaica and the Ukraine. He participated in advanced divinity studies at Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Methodist University in Fayetteville awarded Glen an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1993.

In his later years, Glen courageously and humbly faced the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease. During this time, Glen and his wife, Joyce, moved to Raleigh and Watkinsville, Georgia to be near their children and grandchildren.

Glen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Smith Holt, a native of Selma who currently lives in Watkinsville, Georgia. He also is survived by son, Mark Holt, and his wife, Joanna, of Raleigh and their children, Charles Matthew Holt, Sarah Elizabeth Holt, Elizabeth Grace Wells and Caroline Claire Wells and by daughter, Amy Holt Neill, and her husband, Mike, of Watkinsville, Georgia and their children, Christopher Edward Neill and Carrie Allison Neill.

Four of Glen’s siblings predeceased him: David Milton Holt, Jr., Linda Lorene Holt Wiggins, Robert Louis Holt and Rexford Dean Holt. Glen is survived by three of his siblings: Doris Lucille Holt Wallace of Chester, Virginia, Nellie Jean Holt Woodruff of Smithfield and Walter Richard Holt of Four Oaks.

Services honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Holt will be held at Oconee Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville, Georgia and at the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville. Arrangements will be made at a later time.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 Anderson Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 or the Rev. Dr. Edward Glen Holt Divinity School Fund at Wake Forest University, School of Divinity, PO Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Watkinsville is in charge of arrangements.