Josephine Culpepper Holt

July 30, 1938 ~ March 7, 2011 (age 72)

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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