George F. Holt

George F. Holt, 91, of Dardanelle, formerly of Magazine, passed peacefully July 27, 2013. He is preceded in death by Bonnie, his wife he loved for 58 years who died in 2005; his sister and brother-in-law, Bettye and Herbert Thompson; a grandson, Andrew Khilling; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Dolbec.

George is survived by his three children and their spouses: Linda Holt Khilling and Sam of Booneville; George F. Holt Jr. ("Jeff") and Pat of Russellville; and Glen Holt and Corita of Conway. "Grandpa" will also be missed by his three grandchildren: Dale Holt and Jennifer of Russellville; Andrea Khilling Coffman and Jess of Russellville; and Kelly Holt of Joplin, Mo., as well as his two great-grandchildren, Charisma Khilling of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Brody Coffman of Russellville. George is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bob Holt and Elaine of Benton Harbor, Mich.; brother-in-law, Harold Sinclair of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dean and Pat Smith of Kansas City, Kan.; and nieces and nephews.

George was born in Oklahoma in 1921. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in January 1942 following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. George served throughout WWII as an enlisted man loading bombs and bullets onto B-29 bombers in the South Pacific, Mariana Islands, the Philippines; and served briefly on Iwo Jima after it was secured. After the war, George and his new bride, Bonnie, lived on a new family farm located south of Blue Mountain Lake.

When the Korean War broke out, George was given two weeks to put his affairs in order and report for service to his country once again. He spent much of this enlistment in the desert of Nevada assisting in the US atomic bomb testing.

George and Bonnie returned to the Magazine area and raised their family on the family cattle farm. Many area residents knew George and Bonnie through George’s service on the Magazine School Board around the time of the construction of the new and present high school building. Or they may have known them through George’s and Bonnie’s expertise in the area’s hay fields and other endeavors.

After the Korean War, George continued his military career serving through the Vietnam War reaching the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserves before his retirement. George and Bonnie traveled extensively. They later sold their Magazine home and moved to Dardanelle. George worked hard, he served his country well, and he loved his family. He will be missed.

Funeral service for George was held Tuesday, July 30, at 10 a.m., at the Roberts Funeral Home in Booneville, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville.

A special "Thank You" to the staff of Wildflower Retirement and Assisted Living Facility for the compassionate care shown to George during his stay there; to the staff of Legacy Lodge Nursing Home and Arkansas Hospice for their compassionate care during his final days; to doctors Thomas Sneed, Keith Ison and Frank Schwartz and their staff for their care of our father.