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Sally Repsher Crooks-Holst

February 16, 1955September 1, 2020

Writer Robert Ingersoll once claimed “We rise by lifting others.”

Born on February 16, 1955, Sally Repsher Crooks-Holst rose from Earthly life on September 1, 2020 after an all-too-short lifetime of lifting others as an uncommon Mother, Artist, Philanthropist, Friend, and Filmmaker.

Sally was raised in Meridian, Mississippi, graduated from Lamar High School and the Atlanta College of Art. She was an uncompromising Artist with an unmatched creative vision, whose photographic work received widespread acclaim, appearing in selected exhibitions, galleries and private collections across the United States.

Sally’s philanthropic works filled her soul and lifted up so many whom society left behind. Not content to simply make donations, Sally above all wanted to make a difference. In that vein, she was the Founder of Hannah’s Heart, a disaster relief foundation, and supported a variety of charitable causes through her Voices of Hope Foundation. Sally produced two highly awarded documentary films, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and The Long Shadow which is currently airing on PBS.

Sally found hope, renewal, inspiration & fellowship in 12-step programs, particularly through AA.

Though she left an indelible imprint on the world, it was her daughter, Hannah, who was her “greatest legacy,” whom she adored and treasured the most. Sally’s creativity, her laughter, her gift for living life to the fullest, and most of all, her passion to be of service to those in need will live on through all she touched.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Saramel Repsher Crooks and William Battle Crooks. She is survived by her daughter, Hannah Knighton Holst; her sister, Mel Crooks Evans and husband, John Evans; niece, Saramel Evans; nephew, Austin Evans and his wife, Laura and their children.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hannah’s Heart for disaster relief on the charity’s Facebook page where there is a Paypal link or to a charity of your choice.

Memorial services in Atlanta and Meridian will be announced in the coming days.


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Daphne Delaney

September 17, 2020

Sally, my dear friend, be at peace and surrounded by love and beauty. I will sorely miss you!

Frances Morton

September 16, 2020

Dearest Birthday Buddy, I can’t believe I won’t get to see your smile or receive a wonderful hug from you again. I am just so sad to have lost you. You were a wonderful friend - you were kind and funny and you really cared. Thank you for your journey. May your soul rest at peace.


September 16, 2020

To Sally's Family and Friends: It was a shock to hear that Sally had died. God bless her soul. She was a wonderful friend and person. I and everyone who knew her loved her dearly. To Hanna, whenever she talked of you it was clear the depth of love she had for you. When the sadness retreats, save the good memories. I know I will.

Jackie Holmes

September 16, 2020

This was such an awful shock. Sally had a sparkle and laughter that always meant so much to me. I valued her as a person and always a friend. She had a loving heart that I shall always miss. I thank God for my memories of her. My love to Hannah, whom she adored and the rest of her fortunate family. I’m truly sorry for your great loss. 💔

Joellyn Sullivan

September 14, 2020

Dear Mel and Hanna,

I am so sorry to hear of Sally's passing. What a wonderful childhood friend- I hold the fondest memories. Peace to all.
Love Joellyn Forrester Sullivan

Nancy Lucy

September 12, 2020

Sally, I have loved you since the day you were born. My best memories are with you and Mel. Those days were filled with paper dolls, pretending , laughter and love. Your laughter rings in my ears, It was the best! Your short life on this earth will be cherished. You left your kindness, Giving and joy in helping others behind , for so many to have hope. I love you Sally, always will. Hannah, my deepest sympathy. Mel, I love you and keep you in my heart. Nancy

Cassandra Hosley

September 11, 2020

TeeTee Sally,

Gone too soon..you’ll be forever in my heart. I can’t express how I’m so so heartbroken at this time. I’ll Cherish our memories, and remember our yesterday’s and live for tomorrow.


Gus Hunter

September 10, 2020

I remember growing up together in Meridian with you, Mel, and Jack(RIP) with "Uncle" Billy and "Aunt" Saramel as we called them as 2nd parents to Jack and I. Going to each others birthday parties and enjoying having close family nearby. You and Mel were always so nice to me and treated me like a younger brother as I was the "baby" of the group. You and Mel were special to me as you two were named after our grandmothers, who I loved both dearly.

Circumstances took me away from the family I so loved and enjoyed at 9 years old and distanced me from experiencing growing up with my close cousins, which I greatly missed but kept to myself. When we made contact again through Ancestry.com and then Facebook I was so happy to re-discover my lost cousin(s). I am heartbroken that I wont get to experience that with you now in person. I was so proud of your documentary productions when I saw them and your giving back through the Hanna's Heart Disaster Foundation.

My love, hugs and condolences go out to Hanna, Mel and the rest of the extended family. I am truly heartbroken; your cousin will miss you dearly and our fun and lighthearted tags and comments back and forth on Facebook.

Jamie Taylor

September 10, 2020


You were always in my corner and always offering love and support. I have so many fond memories of you. I will always remember your unique laugh and fun, kind, loving, and playful spirit. I don't look at death as goodbye rather as I will see you later. RIP! Sally 🤟❤️

Joyce Rudnick

September 10, 2020

Sally was one of the kindest woman I know. Unselfishly, she helped my son,John, in discovering his talents. He loved her dearly.
My condolences to Hannah and family.

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