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Beverly Gurley Holt, age 61

Beverly Gurley Holt, age 61, of Conway, Arkansas passed peacefully at home on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

She is preceded in death by her father Charles Gurley; stepfather Tommy Fountain; and sister Debbie Gurley.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 38 years Bill Holt; mother Patsy Fountain; sister Suzy (David) Seagraves; daughters Lori Ann Gregory, Sarah Holt Bruce, and Mary (Shannon) Duncan; son Josh (Jessica) Holt; twelve grandchildren; nieces, and nephews.

She graduated from Commerce High School in Commerce, Georgia, received an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at University of West Georgia, and attended Kennesaw College (now Kennesaw State University).

Beverly inspired all she met with her ability to rise above her physical disabilities to enjoy life, and by her faith in Christ. She had an infectious smile and a great passion for working with children. She has worked at a day care for disabled children and adults, and taught Sunday School and children’s Bible studies.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, July 9, 2021, in the fellowship hall at Salem United Methodist Church in Conway, AR. A memorial service will celebrate her life Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary at Salem UMC.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salem UMC in Conway, or Scottish Right Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400

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  • Eddie Walls Posted July 6, 2021 4:10 PM

    Beverly was a wonderful person. She made me feel like I knew her my whole life whenever we talked. A very beautiful soul.

  • Nancy Evans Bryant Posted July 6, 2021 6:14 PM

    Beverly was my best friend from Middle School on up. She was still the best friend I ever had. I love her, forever. One sweet day we’ll be together with our families and friends in Heaven, where she’s running and praising God in her new, glorified body!

  • Dannette (Ford) Flint Posted July 7, 2021 6:52 AM

    Beverly is one of those precious souls that impacted my life, and she will never be forgotten.

  • Alyssa B Posted July 8, 2021 7:11 PM

    Ms. Beverly was my teacher at BSF when I was little. “Make a joyful noise unto the lord” was her motto and boy did we make quite the noise. She never minded; she loved her little children like Jesus. I know you’re making a joyful noise in heaven Ms. Beverly. We’ll make some for you down here, too.

  • Vicki McCauley Posted July 10, 2021 7:35 AM

    What a pleasure and honor it has been to spend time with Beverly. Her love of family and faith is inspiring. I loved all of the life stories she shared with me with her infectious smile, uplifting attitude and love of life.

  • Malcolm Smith Posted July 12, 2021 4:28 PM

    Bill and family the Smiths loved that wonderful woman! Our hearts go out in sadness and our prayers are with you and the whole family. So proud to have known Bev at Salem. Keep your heads up and keep witnessing the love of Christ in your lives! It is seen! Malcolm Smith and family.

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