Josephine Culpepper Holt

Born: Sat., Jul. 30, 1938
Died: Mon., Mar. 7, 2011

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Josephine Culpepper Holt ("Pheeny"), born in Manchester, GA July 30, 1938, died peacefully in her home in Greensboro, GA Monday evening, March 7th, 2011 at age 72 in the presence of her three children Robin Holt Zenker, Marshall "Alan" Holt, & Lindsey Holt Anderson, and her partner Jack D. Shinneman. She courageously accepted her fate with the sudden diagnosis of untreatable brain cancer, and waltzed her way into eternity in the same way that she lived her life, with fearless fortitude.

Pheeny was preceded in death by her husband J.E. Turner Holt and her father Lewis Pitts Culpepper. She is survived by her mother Josephine Pouncey Culpepper, her brother Lewis Pitts Culpepper, Jr., her three children (Robin-Nashville, TN, Alan-Nashville, TN, & Lindsey-Gig Harbor, WA), two sons-in-law (Joseph Erik Zenker & Dr. Charles Albin Anderson), daughter-in-law (Donna Turnham Holt) and seven grandchildren (Marshall Alan Holt Jr, Turner Elaine Holt, Robert Crews Holt, Collin Clay Anderson, Colton Alan Anderson, Cari Lynn Anderson, & Josephine Erika Zenker) . Pheeny was raised in Greenville, GA, attended Georgia State College for Women and University of Georgia, and spent the majority of her 36 married years with husband Turner in New Orleans, LA raising their three children, hiking the mountains of Colorado in their later years, and building their dream home together before Turner died in 1994. Pheeny met her new partner Jack Shinneman on a sojourn to Turkey in 1998, and spent the remaining twelve years of her life with Jack traveling all over the world (countries in Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, & New Zealand) while living in New Orleans, Breckenridge, CO, and eventually settling down at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. Pheeny''s quest to defy cultural norm, expressing her opinions on everything with uninhibited candor and humorous style, left an indelible mark on everyone who knew her, inspiring emotions of love, laughter, bewilderment, and joy. It was this persona that inspired the fruits of her works as a mother, wife, friend, writer, artist, master gardener, and tireless seeker of spiritual knowledge.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Reynolds Plantation Great Waters Clubhouse (110 Plantation Drive, Eatonton, GA 31024 / 706 485-0235), Friday March 18th at 11:00 AM Eastern, followed there by a reception of wonderful memories. In lieu of flowers, Pheeny''s wish would be that you plant a tree representing her love for the great outdoors.

Heartfelt thanks from Pheeny''s family to all the wonderful souls from United Home Health & Hospice, neighbors, and friends who shared so much of their love with Pheeny in her remaining days on this earth. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Carleen and Tom Tigner
   Posted Thu March 10, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of Pheeney's illness and death. She was truly a vibrant and special person. We are blessed to have known her (and to have been kin to her) and to have shared in her family history.

Mitch Landry
   Posted Thu March 10, 2011
Robin, Alan and Lindsey: I am so sad to read of your mom's passing. May all of the great memories Pheeny created in your lives comfort you at this time. I will always remember her, her great attitude and sense of humor (and the Starburst candies always available). I will treasure the memories of polishing the silver tennis trophies for the Christmas Hot Wine Parties! What a great neighborhood mom she was to all of us. Much love to you all. Mitch

Deanna Altazan
   Posted Thu March 10, 2011
I worked with Turner for several years at National Life of Vermont and simply loved both Turner and Pheeny. I was so sorry to hear of her death.

Dorothy Ann and Howard McKinley
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jack, and all the family as you go through this trying time. We just wish we had gotten to know Pheeny better, as we certainly enjoyed the little time we were around her-such a vibrant and interesting person.

Elizabeth Culpepper Gunn
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
I have such great memories of Pheeny in my earlier years, especially when my younger sister and I moved to Greenville after the death of our own mother when we were only 11 and 12. Pheeny was such a warm, sweet and loving person to me and Ann, and I have great, great, everlasting memories of sitting in the rocking chairs on Memi's front porch and Pheeny telling funny stories with Uncle Pitts and Daddy. Love you Cousin Pheeny.

Ginger Andry
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
I loved her "joie de vivre" and her adoration of her precious family. I am saddened that we have lost her physical presence with us, but know that she will be forever with those who knew her. Please accept my deepest sympathy on her loss.

Sandra Jones
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
I am shocked to learn of the death of Pheeny. She and her brother lived just up the street from my family in Greenville. She was always sweet, and humorous and seized life with both hands! Pheeny will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Sincerely, Sandra Jones (GHS '62)

Pat and Larry Hone
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
Our lives have been enriched by knowing Pheeny.

Linda Fox
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
I only knew Pheeny a short time but always enjoyed my conversations with her (usually at the Lake Club and at the bridge table ). Her humor never failed to entertained me. I would always walk away with a smile on my face. My sincere sympathy to her family, her partner and all of us here at Reynolds..she will surely be missed by all that knew her.

lelia freeman, po box 252, greenville, ga 30222
   Posted Fri March 11, 2011
What a breath of fresh air she was--always. Deepest sympathies to all of you! I treasure her book which she gave me--a masterpiece. Enjoy her legacy of memories she left to you. God bless you!

Patricia Desforges
   Posted Sat March 12, 2011
To Alan, Robin and Lindsey....I consider it an honor to have had your mother in my life. She was always upbeat and knew how to make every day count. She taught me how to play tennis and to make hats for the Overhead. But to Pheeny, her greatest joy was her family. She and your dad were some of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. They are ow united again. I will keep your family in my prayers. Pat Desforges

Lory, Tony, Sarah and William
   Posted Sat March 12, 2011
Robin, Joe, Josephine and Jack - Our sympathies and thoughts are with you during this time. Pheeny was such a wonderful person - and so intelligent with an amazing wit. We are so sorry for your loss.

Marylin &^ Buddy Watkins
   Posted Sat March 12, 2011
We know Pheeny will be missed by all who knew her. Our heart felt sympathy is sent to her loving family. God bless, Marylin & Buddy Watkins

Sue and Art Hebert
   Posted Sun March 13, 2011
Dear Robin, Lindsey and Alan, We loved your mom so much it is hard to put into words. We so regret that we lost touch in recent years. Your tribute to your mother was wonderful--you captured her perfectly--not an easy thing to do as she was such a complex, amazing lady. Our memories go back a long way--tennis, skiing, Florida trips, many dinners, and Sundays in the Quarter. No matter what we did or where we were, our days with your mom and dad were filled with fun and laughter. I hope it is appropriate to also talk about Art's relationship as a close friend of your father. He played a lot of tennis and golf with Turner, and we think of him often. They were very good buddies. What great friends your mom and dad were! We will never forget their zest for life. We are so fortunate to have had them pass our way and share part of their life with us. You have been blessed with having had such wonderful parents--it was always so obvious how much they loved you. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and we miss all of you. Love, Sue and Art

Dorothy, Thom & John Robbins
   Posted Sun March 13, 2011
I am writing for Mom and John. Pheeny was part of our family for decades. She carried that wonderful happy glow of life and laughter wherever she went. She taught Mom how to really laugh and she will be remembered with love always. God graced us with her life and we will forever be grateful. Thom Robbins

Dennis and Barbara Anderson
   Posted Mon March 14, 2011
We give thanks to God for Pheeny, whose life was filled with spirit, energy, wonder, discovery and love. For the special gift of our daughter-in-law Lindsey, and for the love Pheeny shared with our son Charlie and for Charlie and Lindsey's children Clay, Colton and Cari Lynn we are most thankful. Dennis and Barbara

Anne Emling Brennan
   Posted Mon March 14, 2011
Dear Robin, Alan and Lindsey, My deep sympathies to all of you and your families. My parents considered both your mother and father very special friends, and my brothers and sister and I all have fond memories of those early years in Metairie. We love you all, Anne Brennan

Dick & Terry Nieman
   Posted Tue March 15, 2011
Robin,Alan,Lindsey and Jack We just wanted to add that your Mom was such a wonderful person to be around and we enjoyed many years of friendship, not only with Pheeny but your Dad, Turner. Our sympathies to all you guys. Love Dick & Terry

Billie Rosen
   Posted Wed March 16, 2011
My mother, Jean Biggers, and I are so sorry for your loss. We loved Pheeny, and enjoyed her visits to Greenville. Our prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely, Billie & Jean

Kelly Trail Zea
   Posted Sat March 19, 2011
My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you all. Pheeny was one cool lady and I feel so blessed to have spent time with her in Nov. I loved the home her and Jack built. She and Jack sure made a mean Chili together. I have planted a tree in my backyard in her memory for I know she loved gardening. I really loved all her metal artwork. I hope some of it makes it to N.O. I would love to have some of it. My husband too will never forget Pheeny. She put him through the ringer before she gave me her blessing to marry him. God bless you all in your time of grief. Pheeny was full of life and her life will live on thru all of us.

Harriette Haynes O''Stean
   Posted Tue March 22, 2011
Dearest Family, My heart was so saddened when I read the Manchester paper to see the obit for your precious mother. We were childhood friends in Greenville when our dads worked for the GA Power Co. The memories of her specialness are forever etched in my mind of the happy days we spent together. Would love to connect to Buddy and his mom if possible. Our prayers are with you all, Wayne and Harriette O'Stean

Sharon Billingsley
   Posted Tue March 22, 2011
Robin, Alan, Lindsey, Jack and families, All of us in the Billingsley family are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Pheeny - your mom, companion, mother-in-law and grandmother. She was truly one of a kind and you did an incredible job of capturing the essence of her spirit, humor and wit. We were blessed to have your mom and dad and you kids as neighbors for so many years of your lives. We will plant a tree "on the bayou" in honor of Pheeny. Our hearts and prayers are and will be with you in the difficult days ahead.

Gary & Sharon Fitzgerald
   Posted Wed March 30, 2011
Jack and family--we just heard and want to offer our deepest sympathy and condolences. Gary and Sharon 3/30/11

Robert Miller (ex. Hastings St.)
   Posted Mon April 04, 2011
Robin, Alan, and Lindsey… My sincere condolences in the passing of your mother, Ms. “Pheeny” Holt. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I will always remember her as someone who always made a point of being so very nice to me. She always has such a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful smile. The three of you can forever rest assured that you could never have been granted a wish for a better mom that your special one. It’s been a long time since we have seen or talked to each other, but please feel free to call me at (504) 810-0677. With my deepest sympathies, Robert.