Rev.William Francis Holt was born August 21, 1919 to William Hayes Holt and Elizabeth Young Holt on a farm in Mechanicsville, Maryland. He was the second youngest of 12 children.\n \n\n He attended public schools in St. Mary’s County where he played football, basketball, volleyball and his favorite, dodge ball. William was an electrical mechanic by trade. He attended the Patuxent Naval Air Center and the National Radio Institute where he studied electrical engineering.\n \n\n William was married at an early age to Elizabeth Pauline Woodland. They were married for 32 years until her death. They raised two foster sons, Jimmy and Lewis. He later married Anna Mae Scott. They were married 19 years until her death.\n \n\n On February 13, 1941, William enlisted in the United States Army and served five years of active duty. During that time, he was assigned Mess Sergeant which gave him charge of kitchen staff, ordering supplies and preparing menus. During his tour of duty, William travelled to several places including California and the South Pacific. While in the South Pacific, he served in different campaigns to several islands including Guadalcanal and was subsequently wounded. On one occasion when asked about serving as an African American soldier during World War II, he told how German POW’s received better treatment than black soldiers. As Mess Sergeant, he was responsible for providing food to German POW’s. It amazed many people to listen to him tell of such experiences with no hint of bitterness.\n \n\n While in the Army, he was influenced by a fellow serviceman to deepen his spiritual life. When his military service was completed, he took his family to Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Mechanicsville, under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Thomas Hawkins. Pastor Hawkins frequently invited William to speak although William had yet to recognize God calling him to service in ordained ministry. Eventually, William acknowledged the calling of the Lord and answered in obedience. He entered seminary in Washington, D.C. and completed the requisite four years of study. He was ordained an Itinerant Elder by Bishop John Hurst Adams, Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.\n \n\n Reverend Holt served several churches during his 41 years as a pastor. His last pastoral commission was at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Historic Unionville (Easton, Maryland). He retired at St. Stephen where he had served as pastor for 11 years. While serving at St. Stephen, Reverend Holt endeared himself to its members and they urged him to remain in residence after his retirement. Although Reverend Holt’s family called him “Big Brother,” his family at St. Stephen affectionately called him “Pop-Pop.”\n \n\n When the current pastor of St. Stephen arrived, Reverend Nancy M. Dennis, a church conference held and Reverend Holt was given the honorific as Pastor Emeritus. She held Reverend Holt in the highest esteem and made certain his pastoral mantle was respected and acknowledged in Sunday services and at all church programs. When making remarks at special events, Reverend Holt was well known for saying: “There is a time to get up, speak up, shut up and sit down!” It always drew laughter and applause.\n \n\n He said while growing up, his favorite pastime was dancing. He “loved to dance” and continued to do so even at a cabaret and again at a Crab Feast held by St. Stephen. He often said: “I could dance on a dime and give you nine cents change!”\n \n\n His favorite scripture was John 3:16. Reverend Holt’s life at St. Stephen and the community was a model of love, kindness, humility, faithfulness, gratitude and cheer. His goodness inclined others to do good for him such as cutting his grass and driving him to the post office, taking him to medical appointments in Cambridge and Baltimore, preparing his meals, organizing his medications, sharing dinner after church and more. Although his body became weak and frail, Reverend Holt remained strong in mind and spirit. He daily devotions and prayerfully interceded for others.\n \n\n Reverend Holt is survived by nieces Doris Briscoe-Harris and Joyce Fletcher, several other nieces, nephews and friends, including his beloved family of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church.