Earnest Edward “Ed” Holt, age 88 of Nixa, Missouri passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 in his home in Nixa. He was born November 3, 1930 in Bruner, Missouri, the son of Sam and Maggie (Hall) Holt. On November 20, 1981 Ed was united in marriage to Laveta Kays.
Ed proudly served his country in the United States Army from July 1, 1955 to April 6, 1956 before being honorably discharged. After Ed retired in 1991 from the sheet metal workers union and cattle farming, he and Laveta moved to Nixa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie (Hall) Holt and Sam Holt, his son Rick Holt, his sister Nancy (Holt) Mashburn and four brothers James Holt, Raymond Holt, Ronnie Holt and Andy Holt.
Ed is lovingly survived by his wife Laveta Holt of Nixa; his daughter Veneta (Holt) Mitchell and husband Dean of Fordland; daughter-in-law Susan Holt; grandchildren Kim Harvil of Springfield, Steve Gifford of Ava, Amanda King and husband Steve of Fordland and Tommy Grafton; great-grandchildren Dylan and Christian King; one sister Gloria (Holt) Kilmer and husband Dave of Willard; one brother Larry Holt of Oldfield. Ed is also survived by his step-daughter Teresa Kays and husband Chris of Nixa and step-son Sean Kays and wife Diana of Billings.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Barnes Family Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Blacksher officiating. Burial will follow in Old Boston Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com