Ernest Hillard Holt

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Ernest Hillard Holt, age 86, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Central Carolina Hospital.

Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Broadway Town Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Holmes officiating.

Mr. Holt was born in Harnett County, son of the late George Hillard Holt and Vallie Rose Gunter Holt. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John Henry Holt; sisters, Mary Lee Godfrey, Lola Holt Stone and Betty Godfrey; wife, Frances Mae Holt and his second wife, Nell Varner Holt. Ernest was a Veteran of the United States Army.

Surviving are his daughters, Barbara Parker and Carolyn Pressley, both of Sanford; step-children, Sharon Ayers and Richard “Ricky” Varner. both of Denton, Jimmy Varner of Salisbury; brother, George Holt Jr. of Tennessee; four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

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Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.