Sammie Lee Draper Holt

  • "Still missing you!!"
    - Rachelle Dykes
  • "Mothers' Day was so different without you. Missing you oh..."
    - Harvetta Colvin
  • "I am so missing you Mama Holt terribly. I know you are in a..."
    - Rachelle Dykes
  • "Mama Holt was my mother-in-law and my best friend. Always..."
    - dorothy holt
  • "Please accept my deepest sympathies."
    - Donald (Peter) Norman

Mrs. Sammie Lee Draper Holt

Shreveport, LA

God brought Mrs. Sammie Lee Draper Holt into this world on August 28, 1903, and God saw fit to take her to Glory on April 19, 2014. We celebrate 110 years that God shared her presence with us. She was born in Greenwood, LA as the seventh of thirteen children to the late Willis Draper and Ida Black. She attended Central Colored High School and later married James S. Holt, Jr. To this union, three sons and one daughter were born.

At an early age, she confessed Christ and united with the Greenwood Baptist Church #1. After moving to Shreveport, she joined the Trinity Baptist Church where she served faithfully for the remaining years of her life. She loved participating in numerous activities of the Church including the Sunday School, Deaconess, Mission, and prayer ministries. She was active in several volunteer community activities and took a special interest in the National Council of Negro Women and the Centralites Club. She will always be remembered as a strong, practical, spiritual person with a friendly disposition.

She was predeceased by her husband, James S. Holt, Jr., her daughter, Jeanette Marie Holt, and eleven siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory three sons: James S. Holt, III (Dorothy), Jewell Lamar Holt (Mary Ann), and Edwin J. Holt (Essie); nine grandchildren: Harvetta S. Colvin, Rachelle Dykes, Christopher Malik Holt, Lisa Holt, James S. Holt, IV, Jonathan L. Holt, Michael Holt, Roderick Holt, and Steven Holt; six great-grandchildren: Kira N. Colvin, Carson J. Dykes, Kennedy E. Dykes, Alexander B. Holt, Christopher Y. Holt, and Jeanna M. Holt.; one sister, Elizabeth Draper Dotson; one sister-in-law, Doris Holt Wills, and many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Ashok Kompelli and the Willis Knighton North staff for their compassionate medical attention.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church, Reverend Morris Austin, Pastor. Family Hour will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:00 -7:00 P. M. at the Trinity Baptist Church,1500 Garden St. Open visitation will be from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Friday at Trinity Baptist Church.

Services entrusted to Heavenly Gates Funeral Home. Obituary signing at


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Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 25, 2014
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