First Posted: 1/18/2009

DOBSON Mrs. Bertha Levada Bert Childress Holt, 82, widow of Mr. James Monroe Holt, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Holt was born in Surry County on April 9, 1926, to the late Grover Haston and Flora Belle Bledsoe Childress. She was retired from Adams-Millis, where she worked as a knitter for 35 years, and a devoted member of Salem Fork Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter and care giver, Betty Sue Norman and husband Benny of Dobson; three grandchildren, Renee Norman Morgan of the home, Benji Norman of Dobson and James Autie Key of State Road; a great-grandson, who brought her much joy, Reed Morgan of the home; two sisters, Geneva Pendry of Kernersville and Madelene Holbrook of Lewisville; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clayton and Nettie Childress of Kernersville and Leonard and Louise Childress of Ararat. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Holt was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen H. Key; an infant daughter, Janice Ann Holt; an infant son, James J. Holt; and two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Salem Fork Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Tim Burton, the Rev. Tom Parker and the Rev. Benny Norman with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at Moody-Davis Funeral Home where her body will remain until carried to the church to lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care 401, Technology Lane Suite 200, Mount Airy, N.C. 27030. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to her very special care givers, Bonnie Weddle and Kathy Ridenhour and the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, Swansa Bryant and Cathy Johnson, for all the love and compassionate care given during this difficult time. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

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