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Brenda Faye Markham Holt

May 13, 1947 - April 23, 2020

A Celebration of Brenda’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 5, 2021 at Calvary UMC, 4484 Brookneal HWY, Gladys VA 24554, with Rev. Mike Miller officiating.

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Brenda Faye Markham Holt, 72, of Rustburg, ascended into heaven on Thursday, April 23, 2020. She passed away peacefully at Lynchburg General with her family at her side. She was the wife of the patient Kenny Holt for 52 years.

She was born on May 13, 1947 to Gordon Lee & Willie Adel Markham. She was the youngest of 6 children, but only by 16 minutes as her identical twin, Linda arrived first. She is preceded in death by her parents; four siblings: Mary Francis, J.W. Markham, Nancy Markham, Linda Johnson; and her daughter, Gwendolyn Anne Holt.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister and best friend, Shirley Elliott and her husband Jack; daughter, Kenda Adele Holt Tufford and husband Tim of Richmond; and her adored granddaughters, Kailey & Taryn Tufford who gave her inspiration to keep going. She is also survived by her many in-laws and nieces and nephews whom she all adored. She was a devoted hairdresser to many for 50 years and she loved her customers like family.

She was a 5-time breast cancer survivor and prevailed against all odds until her lungs deteriorated. Her UVA doctors affectionately called her their ‘Miracle Girl.’ She fought like a warrior against cancer for 15 years and we could not be prouder. Thank you to the UVA Cancer Center and Drs. David & Christiana Brenin for their loving care which saved her life multiple times and gave us hope. She chose Dr. Emaculate Tebit to help manage her treatment locally once she metastasized in 2018. We thank her and the staff at Lynchburg Hematology & Oncology as they made her last 2 years truly bearable. We also extend a warm thanks to the Palliative Care team & nurses at LGH for giving her the most comfortable last 5 days and for allowing us to hold her hands.

Mom was defined by her love for others and her faith in God. She was a loving member of Calvary UMC in Winfall and she loved her church family who helped sustain her during troubling times.

A Celebration of Brenda’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 5, 2021 at Calvary UMC, 4484 Brookneal HWY, Gladys VA 24554, with Rev. Mike Miller officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Mom had 2 favorite drinks: Dr. Pepper and White Russians. So, until we meet, please choose a drink and toast Brenda for the peace she has finally found and toast all those waiting to receive her in heaven. What a party it must be on the other side!

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital as it greatly pained her to think of children enduring cancer. Or consider Calvary UMC, P.O. Box 588, Rustburg, VA 24588. Your thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs are all appreciated.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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