of Little Rock, AR
January 3, 1939 - August 4, 2022
David Lee Holt of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022, after living bravely with Alzheimer's since 2016. David's heart for people, love of the Lord and sense of humor will be forever remembered by his family and friends.David grew up in Blytheville, Arkansas before attending college at Ouachita Baptist University. He received a Bachelors in Music from OBU. Shortly after graduation, he responded to the Lord's call to be a pastor. He earned a Master's in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas before going on to serve as a pastor for thirty-six years in churches in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming and Florida. His wife, Sandy, of 59 years, served faithfully beside him throughout. After taking several overseas mission trips, David and Sandy felt the call to serve in the mission field, teaching Bible classes and planting a church in Kampala, Uganda. Sharing the Gospel and forming close friendships with people was the joy of their lives.David loved to make others laugh and would make up his own jingles to entertain his daughters. If you knew David well, chances are you would have heard the same joke more than once.David's legacy of faith was a great example to his family. He demonstrated love for his neighbors, making it a practice to invest in the lives of those around him. His four daughters were able to see his love for the Lord displayed in the way he lived his life.David is survived by his wife, Sandy; four daughters Aimee Smashey and husband, David of Bolivar, Missouri; Lisa Deckard and husband, Darrell of Republic, Missouri; Holly Holt and husband, David Cabrera of Houston, Texas and Andrea Heflin and husband, Jay of Little Rock, Arkansas; sister, Carol Davis of Southhaven, Mississippi; three granddaughters, Hannah (Tyler) Lewis, Anna Heflin and Sofia Smashey; four grandsons, Will (Ashley) Deckard, Ben Heflin, Ian (Kaytlin) Deckard and Emery Smashey.A visitation will be held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home on Sunday, August 7th at 2 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m.
Dear Sandy and Girls,We send our Love, Prayers, and Sympathy.You were prayed for yesterday by many, including the Faithkeeper's Class, First Baptist Church, Marshfield, Mo.
Sandy and girls, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your sweet David is praising our Lord in His court and is restored fully now. He made such an impact on so many not only as a pastor and servant of the Lord but also setting an example as a loving father and husband. Thinking of and praying for you all as you grieve your loss. Cara (Cole) Manns
Sandy and girls, I want you to know that David was so special to our family. He was such an important Christian influence on my children. He led our church community in such a meaningful way and we always knew he was led by God and had best intentions for our people. Sandy, you were always right there by his side giving yourself, just as he did. What a wonderful couple. Please know I am sending prayers and love to all of you today and in the days to come. Julie and Joe L send there sympathy as well.
Sandy and family so very sorry about the loss of David. Sending love and prayers for you all.
We are so sorry to read of David’s illness and passing. Not only did he and Sandy make a great contribution world wide, but certainly here in ARKADELPHIA at First Baptist Church and at OBU. We are holding you close in prayer.
Dear Sandy and family.Was so sorry to hear of David's passing. I know you will miss him very much. But isn't it wonderful to know that we will meet again in heaven. My prayers and thoughts will be with you.Betsy Hohenshell
Sandy and family, it was with great sadness that we received the news. We share your sorrow, but we also share your joy in knowing that David is in the presence of his Lord and Savior.David was truly a kingdom man as described in Psalm 128. His love for his Lord, his family and all who called him pastor or friend was exemplary. We thank God that He allowed us the privilege of knowing David as pastor and friend. God used David to bless, enrich and grow us spiritually. Praying that the sufficiency of God's grace and the assurances found in God's Word will give you peace.
Sandy and Family,Sue, Barb and I just read about Dave. He was a wonderful, precious man, a loving father and just plain fun to visit with. We loved our times at McDonalds and Burger King listening to his stories about Uganda, especially the snake story. Dave was a real treasure and will be missed. Oh what fun they’ll have in heaven listening to his jokes and stories. We are so sorry for your loss. Peace and comfort to you, Sandy and your family. Love, Bobbye Burk, Sue Grieble, and Barb Soell.
Sandy, Aimee, Holly, Lisa, Andrea, and families...Please know you are loved and prayed for during this heartbreaking (but temporary) loss of David. He truly exemplified what a loving, serving life looked like. He loved his savior and encouraged others in so many ways. As your heart aches and you feel the worst pain this side of heaven, be comforted, be comforted. And remember that there is joy in heaven at this moment, and peace which passes all understanding.