Jeffrey A. Holt

January 27, 1981June 3, 2020

COLUMBIA – Jeffrey A. Holt, 39, was born January 27, 1981 in Houston, TX and passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was the son of Diana Nerren Holt of Columbia and Gordon E. Holt of TX.

Jeffrey is survived by his parents; his step-father, Kevin K. Bell; his beloved son, Ayden Clark; his brothers, Justin J. Holt and Christopher G. Holt, both of TX; his sisters, Tina (Steve) Capps and Cindy (Scott) Brewer of TX; and Eddie Long; his maternal grandmothers, Carroll Coffman and Melba Hewett, both of TX, and paternal grandparents, Paul and Juanita Bell of Aiken; maternal aunts, Stacey (Lanndon) Blackmon of NM, and Liz (Adonis) Bailey of TX; paternal aunts, Lisa Bell Gray of FL and Linda (Cecil) Pennington of TX; maternal uncles, Danny, Vince, Clint, James, Scotty, Eddy, and Heath Morris, all of TX; and paternal uncles, David Holt of CO, Alan Holt of MN, and Robert E. Bell, M.D. of SC.

He was predeceased by maternal grandfathers, Aubrey Paul Morris and Robert Forrest Nerren of TX and grandparents, Hardy and Alice Holt of TX.

Jeffrey graduated from A. C. Flora H.S. He attended Midlands Tech.

Full of wonder and adventure, Jeffrey worked both near and far, excelling always. He was a natural born storyteller and writer. He was a stagehand for such varied artists as Pink! and Kenny Chesney, and many artists in between. He traveled the world working as a civilian contractor for military bases. Somewhere along the way, he found time to achieve multiple certifications as a diver. His favorite places were Okinawa, Japan, Hawaii, and home. His dream job, his absolute passion, was his work as a wildlife control operator. He founded his own company, BeastMaster Wildlife Control, LLC (an epic adventure in Wildlife control!), his ultimate epic business adventure.

Jeffrey also leaves behind many lifelong friends to mourn his passing. He was a founding member of the Rosewood Clique, a group of young men who loved to produce original music, and who formed the band Host To Another. These friends were fiercely dedicated to each other and their families. Among those friends is Anthony Doyle, Kris Sutton, Will Reid, Kenneth Kilmon, Robbie Norris, Samer Abraham, and Brian Scott. Not last nor least, a guy named Turtle in San Marcos, TX. And so many others whose names have faded from a mom’s memory.

Christopher’s tribute to Jeffrey sums him up best: “Jeffrey was as kind a soul as you'd ever meet. Bright, clever, but with a case of the mumbles. But such was his personality that you'd stick around to find out what he was saying. There was nothing he wouldn't do for family and friends. Had he gotten the chance to bless the world longer, he would have most assuredly become the new "Most Interesting Man in the World" guy, hands down. How couldn't he? Boat living, concert chasing, business owning, wild-animal-whispering BeastMaster, and pimpness incarnate! And he was father, one of the greatest jobs just below mother, to one of the slickest cats on the planet. Don't be sad that he's gone; the old adage is true, be glad you got to stand on the planet at the same time as him. Be glad you got to hear him mumble. Be happy for the warmth of his flame, the kindness of his spirit. Be happy for my brother.”


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Tammy Hoppe

July 11, 2020

Oh my dear Jeff what can I even say. I wish I had checked your page before today I had absolutely no idea you were gone I figured you were busy with your son or your business. I remember our first date we were both so nervous right away and then it was like we had known each other forever we sat and talked and laughed sharing our stories. I will cherish every memory I have with you and there were so many. Rest in Paradise love 💕

I took this picture the day he left Wisconsin and went back to South Carolina it keeps coming up in my FB memories but it was 8 years ago

Diana Holt

July 5, 2020

We all love and miss you, Jeffie-ro.

John Page

July 2, 2020

I know it has been a while face to face, and now I am saddened. We were best of friends, and in scouts together for so long. I remember staying the night with you guys in that culdesac in San Marcos sometime sneaking out. So much fun. Your Dad made the finest honey, I still miss that. But I will miss you more. You will forever be in my prayers. Possibly you will meet my sister in heaven....I hear it's crowded...funny, not funny. You are one of the most real and hard-working people I knew...EVER. You will always be my friend, and in the end, we will share good times again. I will always have you in my heart until then.
Rest in peace, my good friend.
-John P.

Jennifer Middlebrooks

June 30, 2020

I didn’t have the opportunity to know Jeff for very long. We met a few years ago, and got to know each other over our plates of beef fajitas, that his brother (Justin) cooked for us. I was blessed to spend a few days with him, and his family, this past Christmas in New Orleans, as well. We went on an adventure through downtown, and I somehow got separated from the pack. All the sudden I see Jeff’s face appear from nowhere. He made sure to stay by me until we found everyone else. That’s the kind of guy he was. He was in stealth mode and made sure everyone was ok. He was a gentle, kind hearted, and soft spoken man. I’m so happy to have met him. Love to all his family and friends!

Diana Holt

June 26, 2020

Vinny Hourigan

June 21, 2020

Jeff was a great employee and friend. Always willing to do whatever he could to save our reputation. Typically part of our second to none carpenter crew and most time one of the smaller of the gang. He was everywhere. Making the big guys look like they were standing still. Jeff your CLA family will miss you and your style. RIP buddy

Patricia Sinclair

June 21, 2020

I only knew him as a client but Jeffrey was such a nice young man and I am so sorry to read this sad news. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Dustin Cowan

June 21, 2020

Lots to remember about this guy. To sum it up let's just say he is my oldest friend, a true friend and will be sorely missed. From building forts in the woods, hunting trips, and just hanging out I will never meet another like him. They truly broke the mold with him. Love you Jeff

Richard Kirby

June 20, 2020

I enjoyed working beside Jeffery at CLA!! We were are always laughing. He loved to tell us crazy Beast Master stories!! CLA crew will not be the same without him!! RIP brother.

Rochelle Smith

June 19, 2020

Jeff, was a really sweet and outgoing guy. He was a great friend in school. Wish we had stayed more in touch. Prayers to his family. Sorry for your loss