Ms. Sylvia W. Holt

January 13, 1937March 20, 2020

Sylvia Wandalene Wilbanks-Holt was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on January 13, 1937. She went to be with our Lord on March 20, 2020 at the age of 83. Sylvia worked all her life. In her youth she worked on the family farm; where she picked cotton, milked cows, fed pigs and chickens. She worked for the Haggar clothing until she joined the carnival where she met J. W. Holt, Sr. and together they were married for 46 years. She also worked for the Bedford Police Department. Then as a mobile home cabinetmaker for over 30 years. Left there to work for HEB School District where she retired from after 17 years. Sylvia was a active member for 62 years at Mansfield Central Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. She was the middle child of nine. Sylvia has joined her loving family husbands: J.W. Holt, Sr. and Lloyd Slawson, son, J.W. Holt, Jr., parents, Cloe and Lee Wilbanks, brothers, LC, John, Cecil Wilbanks., sisters, Mildred Buster and Helen Montgomery. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Kennedy of North Richland Hills, Texas, Norma WIlliams and Altha Saunders of Watauga, Texas, sister, Joyce Greenwood, brothers Jackie and Paul Wilbanks. Sylvia has seven grandchildren: Shawn, Dustin, Jonathan, LaToshia, Deidre, Curtis and Dylan. Twelve great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Facebook live streaming will begin Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM.


  • Visitation Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 28, 2020


Ms. Sylvia W. Holt

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Latoshia Poe

March 28, 2020

It wasn't to long ago I came into town, road to the hospital to pick up Gran. She didn't know that I was coming I wanted her to be surprised. I have never seen my Gran so happy and excited to see me. For the next month we were together, watching TV, sneaking her ice cream. Most the time it was fruit flavored. She loved having my Rottweiler Rebel around, they became fast friends but those little dogs of hers could not stand for her to pay attention to another dog. Rebel would try to get to Gran for some lovins and those guard dogs of her would go crazy. It got to where Rebel would just walk by and growl then leave the room till Gran called. We would laugh at those little pint size attack dogs gaurding Gran from Rebel. Everytime we were together we were laughing and having a good time except bedtime at Pa and Grans. Gran would rub us down with vicks before bed. That's a cure all if you didn't know. I'm going to miss you so much, It won't be the same without you here. Give Pa and my dad hugs from me. I love you always and forever.

Family Friend

March 27, 2020

Sylvia was a strong, salt of the earth lady. She was fun and tolerant of me as a child. Her sense of humor was awesome. I was fortunate to have spent time with her youngest daughter and the family as a youth. Sylvia was a really good person and she will be missed. RIP Sylvia!💙 I send my condolences to the family.💖

Joyce Greenwood

March 27, 2020

Sylvia was a wonderful sister. She always enjoyed getting together with all her brothers and sisters. One funny memory I have is going fishing @ lake Tawakoni & that day the fish weren’t biting . She said that she was so hungry she was going to eat a minnow. That’s just one of my many found memories. She was a loving sister. I will miss her dearly

Jackie Wilbanks

March 26, 2020

Sylvia always enjoyed going out to lunch with all of us. We got together every month and had lots of fun. We looked forward to the next time. If she forgot time or if she didn’t make it she always called me. She will be missed! Love you Sylvia.