Anabeth Holt, 83, of the Milligan Ridge community near Manila, widow of Gene Holt, passed from this life Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Born May 6, 1931, in Manila, she was the daughter of the late W.M. "Bill" and Mazie Milligan Davidson, was a 1949 graduate of Manila High School, and had lived most of her life in Milligan Ridge. She was well known throughout the area as a creative seamstress and was a retired manager in the fabric and crafts department at the Walmart Supercenter in Osceola. Anabeth was a longtime member of the Milligan Ridge Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her twin sons, Sonny and Larry Holt, a grandson, Phillip Mattingly, a brother, Bill "Bull" Davidson, and two nephews.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Fowler Haney of Jonesboro and Rosann Mattingly and husband Felton of Manila; two sisters, Virginia Steele of Little Rock and Kaye Adams of Hernando, Miss.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and her very special four-legged companion, Buster.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. Dannie Webster officiating. Burial followed in Manila Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 until service time at the funeral home.
Active pallbearers are Michael Mattingly, Tommy Fowler, Patrick Fowler, Trey Holt, Seth Grissom and Brett Craine. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. Waymon Holt, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dr. Ray Hall, Joyce Files, Ricky Jackson, Dwight Jackson, Bobby Lee Barker and Mike Adams.
The family prefers any memorials to the Milligan Ridge Baptist Church or the Lost But Now Loved Animal Shelter, 102 South Franklin Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Guest register: howardfuneralservice.com