History of the Restoration Movement

Horace Aubrey Holt


Source: Ancestry.com

The Life Of Horace A. Holt

Horace Aubrey Holt was born March 28, 1912 in Cherokee, Alabama. He was the son of Thomas Bradford Holt (1885-1960) and Mary Nancy Ann Shaver Holt (1887-1964).

He was married to Annie Marie Meagher (1915-1936) on November 1, 1933 in Cullman, Alabama. They had one child before her death January 21, 1936, in Smithland, Livingston County, Kentucky. A year and a half later he was married to Irene Estep (1920-2008) on July 11, 1937. They had three children, including a set of twins in 1940. Horace and Irene were divorces on April 2, 1942 while living in Andalusia, Alabama. Then on July 11, 1945 he was married again to Mildred Nadine Cagle (1915-2014) in Montgomery, Alabama. She was from Pikeville, Tennessee. Mildred was a sister to Bernice Cagle Johnson, the wife of gospel preacher and co-founder of what is now Faulkner University, Leonard Johnson. Horace and Mildred had one child, but at some stage they were divorced. Finally, he was married to Christine L. Rhodes (1909-2014) on June 28, 1954. They had one child. Christine survived her husband by a number of years.

Horace began preaching when he was 30 years of age. Wherever opportunities arose he didn’t fail to fulfill them. Early on he preached in Cullman County, Alabama. He planted churches around Hanceville in the south and as far north as Vinemont. He held meetings in Kentucky and as far west as Texas. In 1937, he reported three months of work in Missouri, holding meetings and preached his first funeral for a brother Thompson at Good Water. (GA, 11.04.1937, p.1055) The next spring he reports preaching in south Alabama where he baptized a Baptist preacher in a meeting at Bay Minette. (GA 04.22.1938, p.370) In 1939, he moved to Lucedale, Mississippi and worked with the church there. In 1940 he went back to East Tallassee, Alabama and began preaching. In 1941 he moved down to preach in South Alabama, being based at Andalusia. In the late 1940s he was at Alexander City, Alabama. There he began doing some radio preaching.

It appears that after his divorce from Irene Estep Holt, he left full-time ministry. But the early years of his life were filled with involvement in the work of the Kingdom of Christ. Even in the years of his ministry he maintained other jobs to help support himself and his family.

Horace Aubrey Holt died April 7, 2003 and was buried in East Gadsden, Alabama in Crestwood Cemetery.

-Scott Harp, 09.01.2021
Sources: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, Gospel Advocate, Firm Foundation, etc.

The Andalusia Star, Andalusia, Alabama
Thursday, January 2, 1941

The Cullman Tribune, Cullman, Alabama
Thursday, July 26, 1945, page 7

The Andalusia Star, Andalusia, Alabama
Thursday, January 1, 1942, page 2

The Baldwin Times, Bay Minette, Alabama
Thursday, June 23, 1938, page 4

Directions To Grave

Horace and Christine Holt are buried in the Crestwood Cemetery in East Gadsden, Alabama. The cemetery is located just off Hwy. 431 between I-59 and I-20 in general, and just specifically on E. Broad Street just southeast of Gadsden. Plug in the coordinates below for the specific location of the grave in the cemetery.

GPS Location
33°58'59.8"N 85°58'24.7"W
or D.d. 33.983263,-85.973533

Horace Aubrey Holt - March 28, 1912 - April 7, 2003
Christine Rhodes Holt - December 25, 1916* - December 30, 2014

Photos Taken 06.26.2015
Webpage produced 09.01.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

*Marker states Christine Rhodes Holt was born in 1916, but Ancestry.com says she was born in 1909.


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