Leona Margaret (McCarty) Holbert, 90, was received unto her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ early Sunday morning Feb. 23, 2014. A resident of Rolling Green Village since Dec. 9, 2013, Leona died of complications due to kidney failure.
Margaret was born in Kearney, Neb., July 31, 1923. Nicknamed “Sis” by her family, she was the only daughter of the late Robert Riley McCarty and the late Mary Edgarda (Parker) McCarty formerly of Independence, Mo.
Margaret met Herb Holbert during a providential wartime gathering at the Kansas City USO. They were married Jan. 29, 1944, in Columbus, Ga., where Herb was stationed at Fort Benning having just received his paratrooper wings that morning.
Once their children were grown, Margaret used the skills she learned in electronics during World War II to work as a computer programmer. She worked as a computer programmer in the technical department of Bob Jones University for 29 years.
Margaret was forced into early retirement in 2002, due to a serious stroke in October 2001.
Margaret was active in local politics serving as the Republican Party precinct president and secretary. She was also a member of the Behethland-Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also active in her church serving as a Bible mentor in home and church classes, a vacation bible school director.
She steadfastly devoted herself primarily to being a wife and mother. All who entered her home found a welcoming prepared place in Mom’s heart for them. She was a beloved and tenderly cared for member of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.
Surviving are her children: sons, Randolph Robert Holbert, (Eunice Allem) of Glendale, Ariz., and Richard Alan Holbert, of Indianapolis; daughters, Mary Susan Molly Bulla, (Rev. Donald) of Greenville, S.C., and Rebecca Anne Farmer, (Curtiss) of Germantown, Tenn.; grandsons: Barry Scott Holbert, (Shirley Kelly) of Marana, Ariz.; Timothy Troy Holbert, (Carrie Battista) of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Ronald Farmer, (Claire DeLaughter) of Jackson, Mass.; Brady Mac Farmer, (Veronica Wynn) of Germantown, Tenn.; Jameson Cole Farmer, (Allyn Spikes) of Lafayette, Ind.; 16 great-grandchildren; cousin Diana Mae (Parker) Bee, (Rev. Robert) of Gladstone, Mo.; nieces: Barbara (Moore) Losh, (Bill) Maiden, of N.C.; Dr. Beverly (Moore) of Kelbaugh, (Larry) Amanda, of Ohio; Helen Jo (Dawson) Cross, (Robert) of Vienna, W.V.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Randolph Holbert, formerly of Greenville’s Bradley Boulevard where the couple lived for 36 years. In addition to her late parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her only sibling 1st Lt. Robert Thomas McCarty formerly of Independence, Mo., killed/missing in action in World War II as a B-17 bomber co-pilot. And more recently preceded in death by her brother’s adored widow Ruby Lee Steele of Raytown, Mo.
Visitation honoring Margaret’s life was at Mackey Mortuary on Feb. 28. Funeral Services honoring the God Margaret served as at Faith Free Presbyterian Church on March 1. Graveside service followed immediately in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. The family expresses much gratitude to the following for their assistance in the tender care of Mrs. Holbert: Shepherd’s Care Center, February, 2008-July, 2012; Barge Memorial Hospital, BJU, July, 2012-December, 2013; Rolling Green Village, December 2013 until her death. Memorials are being accepted by Geneva Reformed Seminary, 1207 Haywood Road, Greenville, SC 29615. The Mackey Mortuary, Greenville, SC. www.mackeymortuary.com
“This is a day for rejoicing—not of sadness.” ~L. Margaret Holbert
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