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Arvis Ray Holt, Russell Co., KY (1921-2011)

Russell County and South Central Kentucky has lost a great citizen. Arvis Ray Holt was a World War II veteran who was captured by the Germans in 1943 in the Battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa. He was a Prisoner of War until the end of World War II and is believed to be one of only two of the last surviving World War II POWs from Russell Co., KY. He was a construction-crane operator and a Member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.
See also: A tribute to Mr. Arvis Ray Holt

Arvis Ray Holt, 89, Main ST, Russell Springs, KY, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Harrodsburg Health Care Center, Harrodsburg, KY.

The funeral services will be at 1pmCT, Friday, May 27, 2011, at Bernard Funeral Home Chapel, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY, with Bro. Bodie Emerson officiating. Visitation will be at Bernard Funeral Home after 5pmCT, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Burial will be in Gaskins Cemetery in Russell Co., KY.

Arvis Ray Holt, Russell Co., KY (1921-2011)

He was born October 12, 1921, in Russell Co., KY. He was the son of the late Eliza Ellen Williams Holt and James Albert Holt. He died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., KY at the age of 89 years, 7 months, and 12 days.

He was a former Prisoner of War. He joined the Army in June, 1940, and was among some of the first troops sent to North Africa. On February 17, 1943 he was one of many US soldiers captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Kasserine Pass, North Africa and remained a POW until liberated by US troops in the spring of 1945.

Arvis Ray Holt is believed to have been the last surviving Russell County World War II prisoner of war.

He was a construction-crane operator and was a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Eliza Ellen Williams Holt, Russell Springs, KY, and the following:
  • Two daughters: Jane Ellen (Jimmy) Smith, Russell Springs, KY; and Valeria (Brian) Ward, Glasgow, KY

  • Three step children: Carolyn Sue (Wilbur) Sneed, Columbia, KY; Michael Glenn Mann, Jamestown, KY; and Wanda Gail (Marvin) Burchett, also of Jamestown, KY

  • Four grandchildren

  • Three great grandchildren

  • Seven step grandchildren

  • Seven step great grandchildren

  • One brother: David (Carol) Holt, Jamestown, KY
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ama Thomas Gaskins Holt; a son, Milton Ray Holt; a step son, Billy Edward Mann; a sister, Naomi Gaskins; and three brothers, Carl, Kenneth, and Orvil Holt.

Bernard Funeral Home, 367 Main ST, Russell Springs, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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