Leona Margaret Holbert
"…Thou hast made death glorious and triumphant; for through its portals we enter into the presence of the Living GOD!" ~F. W. MacDonald
Leona Margaret (McCarty) Holbert, 90, was received unto her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ early Sunday morning February 23, 2014. A resident of Rolling Green Village since December 9, 2013, Mrs. Holbert died of complications due to kidney failure. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Herbert Randolph Holbert formerly of Greenville's Bradley Boulevard where the couple lived for 36 years.
Born in Kearney, Nebraska, July 31, 1923, Mrs. Holbert--lovingly called "Sis" by her family--was the only daughter of the late Robert Riley McCarty and the late Mary Edgarda (Parker) McCarty formerly of Independence, MO. A providential wartime meeting at the Kansas City USO brought Herb and Margaret together. They were soon married the evening of January 29, 1944, in Columbus, GA—where Herb was stationed at Fort Benning having just received his paratrooper "wings" that morning. Margaret's knack for electronics during WWII served her well when she eventually years later set her site on computer programming once the children were older. Serving faithfully and joyfully as computer programmer in the IT Dept. of Bob Jones University for 29 years, Mrs. Holbert was forced into "early" retirement June, 2002, due to a serious stroke October, 2001. She had always hoped to hit that 30-year mark of service for the Lord at BJU…but God had other plans! Active in local politics, she served the Republican Party as precinct president and secretary. She was a member of the Behethland-Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR#797108). Serving down through the years as an astute Bible mentor in both home classes and church, faithful yearly VBS director, dependable prayer warrior, avid mission supporter, and fiercely loyal friend, Mrs. Holbert steadfastly devoted herself primarily to being a wife and mother. All who entered her home found a welcoming prepared place in Mom's heart for them. She was a beloved and tenderly cared for member of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville.
Surviving are the four children: son, Randolph Robert Holbert, (Eunice Allem) Glendale, AZ; daughter, Mary Susan Molly Bulla, (Rev. Donald) Greenville; daughter, Rebecca Anne Farmer, (Curtiss) Germantown, TN; son, Richard Alan Holbert, Indianapolis, IN; five grandsons: Barry Scott Holbert, (Shirley Kelly) Marana, AZ; Timothy Troy Holbert, (Carrie Battista) Phoenix, AZ; Ryan Ronald Farmer, (Claire DeLaughter) Jackson, MS; Brady Mac Farmer, (Veronica Wynn) Germantown, TN; Jameson Cole Farmer, (Allyn Spikes) Lafayette, IN; plus 16 great-grandchildren; a cousin Diana Mae (Parker) Bee, (Rev. Robert) Gladstone, MO; nieces: Barbara (Moore) Losh, (Bill) Maiden, NC; Dr. Beverly (Moore) Kelbaugh, (Larry) Amanda, OH; Helen Jo (Dawson) Cross, (Robert) Vienna, WV.
In addition to her late parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her only sibling 1st Lt. Robert Thomas McCarty formerly of Independence, MO, killed/missing in action in World War II as a B-17 bomber co-pilot. And more recently preceded in death by her brother's adored widow Ruby Lee Steele of Raytown, MO.
Visitation honoring Mrs. Holbert's life will be at Mackey Mortuary (Friday, February 28, 6-8 p.m.) Funeral Services honoring the GOD Mrs. Holbert served will be at Faith Free Presbyterian Church, 1207 Haywood Rd, in Greenville (Saturday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m.) officiated by Dr. Colin Mercer. Graveside service will follow immediately in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. The family expresses much gratitude to the following for their assistance in the tender care of Mrs. Holbert: Shepherd's Care Center, February, 2008-July, 2012; Barge Memorial Hospital, BJU, July, 2012-December, 2013; Rolling Green Village, December 2013 until her death. Memorials are being accepted by Geneva Reformed Seminary, 1207 Haywood Road, Greenville, SC 29615.
"This is a day for rejoicing—not of sadness." ~L. Margaret Holbert
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