Holt, James Walton


James Walton Holt went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2014. He was born on Dec. 6, 1931 in McLennan, Texas to J W and Alma Kleibrink Holt. When James was 6 years old, his father took a job at a carbon black plant outside of Pampa, Texas. James met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Laura Berry, at Pampa High School where he was a lineman for the Pampa Harvester football team and Laura was the football queen their senior year, 1950. Laura would not marry someone who did not go to college, so James headed off to Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Accounting. There, he was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. James and Laura were married on Christmas Eve 1950, after James’ first semester at A&M. They both worked in order to put James through college until he graduated in 1954. Afterwards, James took a commission with the Air Force and was assigned to Anchorage, in the Alaskan territory, where he served as an auditor. Later that same year their first child, Loree, was born. James always said that after his service in the Air Force was complete, he would have stayed in Alaska if he could have found a job. James and Laura moved to Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, in 1953 when he took a job with the accounting firm Arthur Young. Their second child, Kriss, was born in 1957. James’ auditing job called for frequent travel, and James soon became tired of being away from his growing family so he partnered with Bill Cheney and Howard Conway at Chacon Motors. During this job transition in 1960, Laura was pregnant with their third child Bruce, and worried about the risk of James being self-employed. After many years of struggle as a very small company, the business grew to become a highly respected auto dealership. With the second generation becoming involved in the business, in 1992 the Chacon Motors partnership was split into three companies and James became the sole owner of AutoUSA. James was proud that he built a successful business that supported his children and their families.

He is survived by his loving wife Laura, whom he always referred to as his bride; daughter Loree Anderson, her husband Terry and their son Conner; son Kriss, his wife Kim, and their children Brian, Michelle Nickeson and her husband Daniel; and son Bruce and his daughter Brandy. He is also survived by his sister Jo Ann Sweat, and his brother Kenneth and wife Charlene.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, July 15 at Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christ United Methodist Building Fund or the DSG Scholarship fund. Please see the church website, www.christ4u.org, for more information.

Please send family condolences and sign the guestbook on this website.

19 replies on “Holt, James Walton”

Daddy's Girl Loree says:

For dessert today, we will have ice cream cones in memory of all the ice cream Dad scooped for his family and friends.

Susan Trimble - Williams says:

So sorry about the loss of your husband & father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Tristie Cooper Loyd says:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. May you find comfort in knowing he is in the loving hands of our Dear Lord above.

Betty Nelson says:

Deepest sympathies go out to Laura Nell and to all the family. My memories of James go back to the PHS Class of 1950 where he was a quiet but friendly and very nice person.

Helen (Blocker) Payne says:

It was always such a joy to see how much you loved each other. James was one of the good ones.
Love, Helen

Eulaine Ellis Hall says:

James was one of the best men out of a large list of really fine men from Pampa High. Such a gentleman and so kind. No fair to lose him too soon.

Thurman Weatherred says:

James and I went thru the Pampa school all the way together. He was A GOOD GUY, AND ALTHOUGH WE WERE NOT REAL CLOSE We WERE good friends and I am sorry that he is gone. God Bless you Laura.

Jerry Coley says:

My sincerest condolences. We will all remember James with fond memories.

Charlene Holt says:

I am so terribly sorry we were not able to be there with you but our health for the both of us has kept us from doing a lot of things we would like to do. Like Ken says I have my memories that have lasted for rest of my life. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all.

Little Brother, Ken says:

I will always miss my big brother. He has always been my hero. I will cherish many good memories with him.

Carroll L. Smith says:

Sorry to hear of the passing of”SPOT” As he was called by his teammates and friends. I want to offer my condolences to Laura and her family. I just don’t have many old highschool buddies left,

Naneen Warren says:

My love to you, and we know we will be united one day…you two were so perfect together, and I know you feel cut I half…will pray for you, love Nan

Maureen Nelson says:

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult times. God Bless your lovely family.

Martha Sutton says:

Heartfelt sympathy to my good friend Laura Nell and to her family. James was a good man, and I know you are proud to have had him as husband, father and grandfather.

Jesus (Sus) Velasquez says:

Laura we extend to you and the family our heartfelt sympathies, and echo the good words, attributed to a good person.

Edward Scheig says:

Thoughts of James brings back memories of old Pampa High School and Harvester Football.

John Friauf says:

James was a “quiet giant” in our class of 1950 at Pampa High School. He will be missed by all, especially by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him and Laura for so many years since graduation.

Norma Allman says:

Denny & I send you our heartfelt sympathy. We will always remember our wonderful cruise. You all are in our prayers.

Mary Russell Bartee says:

We have been out-of-town and I just saw this on my computer. Sorry to be so late, but want to express my condolences to Laura and the family. I remember James as a very kind, polite and friendly person and he will be greatly missed; I’m so sorry for your loss.
Abilene TX.

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