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James Holton

July 31, 1929 — July 2, 2017

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James Thomas Holton

Gibson, GA  –             James Thomas Holton, 87, loving husband of the late Grace Kitchens McGraw Holton, entered into his eternal rest Sunday evening, July 2, 2017 at University Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 7:00 P.M. Friday evening, July 7, 2017, with Rev. Joshua Mosley officiating. Private interment will be in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery.

One of three children of the late Elmae Ford Holton and the late Thomas Richard Holton, James was born and raised in Waynesboro.  After graduating from Waynesboro High School in 1947, James proudly served his country by enlisting in the Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, he moved back to Waynesboro where he drove a gas truck for M.B. Jones Oil Company, then worked at Perfect Product manufacturing plant in Waynesboro after which he worked and retired as a Line Supervisor at Thermo King (Ingersoll Rand) in Louisville. He became known as “Walking Man” because he was continually walking the line at his job. After meeting the love of his life in 1973, James made significant life changes, one of which was moving to Gibson where he met and made a special friendship with Roy and Annette Black. In his younger years, the two couples did a lot of traveling together—Las Vegas NV, Branson MO, and Daytona Beach FL being his most favorite places.  James served his Lord and Savior by joining the fellowship of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.  A voracious reader and an avid sports fan, especially of football, baseball, and basketball, he could be found in his favorite chair reading or in front of the TV cheering for his favorite teams.  James never met a stranger and was always helping others in any way he could. He tried to live by God’s command to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. A loyal, dedicated friend, James was unselfish and generous to a fault—as some would say, “too good for his own good”.  His canine buddy, Molly, brought James much pleasure and joy. He also enjoyed the company of his self-proclaimed son, Larry, his sister, Sally, and special friends, Lawrence and Betty Johnson. Because of his health decline, he moved into Silver Linings Personal Care Home in Stapleton where he came to love all the staff and considered them his extended family.  He also loved spending time with the “young preacher at Stapleton Baptist”, Rev. Joshua Mosley, and looked forward to their Bible study time.  We mourn his passing but celebrate his home going….

James is also preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Holton. Survivors include his step son, Larry McGraw (Yvonne); three step daughters, Debra Chalker (Pete), Tammy Cash (Joe) and Robin Johnson; sister, Sally Holton Barefield (Jimmie) of Waynesboro; sister-in-law, Dorothy Clark; special friends, Annette and Roy Black, and Betty and Lawrence Johnson; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and many friends.

Heartfelt thanks are extended to the staff of Silver Linings Personal Care Home for their loving, compassionate care.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. prior to the services at James Funeral Home Friday evening, July 7, 2017.


I'm Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free!

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