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John W. Holtzclaw, 83, Adair Co., KY native (1938-2022)

John W. Holtzclaw of Campbellsville died on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was 83 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amCT on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 9amCT on Thursday.

He was born November 3, 1938, in Adair County, to the late J.W. and Lula Blair Holtzclaw. He united in marriage to Carolyn Keltner in 1972 and she preceded him in death on February 23, 1998. He later united in marriage to Earlene Bright on June 10, 2000 and she preceded him in death on July 27, 2019. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Albert Holtzclaw.

Survivors include:
  • Two sisters - Minnie Sublett of Louisville and Emma Lou Mings of Greenville, South Carolina
  • Several nieces and nephews
  • One step-son - Mike Radford and his wife, Michelle of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Two step-daughters - Gail Godsey and husband, Doug of Campbellsville, Jackie Watson and husband, Randy of Elizabethtown
  • Three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren
  • Several other relatives and friends
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

This story was posted on 2022-09-27 17:55:03
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John W. Holtzclaw, 83, Adair Co., KY native (1938-2022)

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