John Dunn Holt

  • Born: February 4, 1960
  • Died: October 5, 2021
  • Location: Washington, North Carolina

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service

4500 US Hwy 264 East
Washington, NC 27889
Tel. 252.945.4500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Husband, father, and grandfather John Dunn (Jay) Holt entered fully into the presence of the Lord on October 5, 2021. He was 61 years old. Visitation is planned for Friday, October 8th at 1pm and the funeral service will be held at 2pm at Joseph B. Paul Funeral Home.

Jay was born to John Carawan Holt and Beverly Dunn Holt on February 4th 1960. He is survived by his parents, his wife of 38 years Carol J Holt as well as his sisters Katherine Holt (Louis Elliot) and RayAnne Jarman (Bobby). He is also survived by his daughters Elizabeth Knox and husband Michael, Sarah Messick and husband John, Kristen Holt and Katherine Holt. His surviving grandchildren are Dylan Knox, Tanner Knox, Finley Knox, Ava Messick, Hayes Messick, Kaylee Deans and Hunter Oden.

He was preceded in death by granddaughter Lilly Brie Knox.

Jay enjoyed outdoor grilling. He was a big Yankees fan and NC State fan. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a hard-working man who built his own company from the ground up. He has always provided for his family. Jay will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, October 8, 2021 at Joseph B. Paul, Jr. & Washington Funeral & Cremation. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the funeral hour at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions will be donated to various charities and may be made by following the link below.

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. & Washington Funeral & Cremation is honored to serve the Holt family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God to surround you, today and those ahead, with sweet memories, family and friends. Prayers for you and yours to cradle yourselves in His love and the knowledge that our days on Earth are short but there will be a day of reunion and rejoicing.

Posted by Donna Parker - Washington, NC - Friend   October 12, 2021

Carol and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you all
Beverly Clark

Posted by Beverly Clark - Chocowinity, NC - Friend   October 11, 2021

Jay, I will miss our friendship. You were one of a kind and always wanted to make everybody laugh

Posted by Bobby Mills - Irvington, AL - Friend   October 11, 2021

My prayers are with ya. God bless.

Posted by Wayne Langston - Simpson, NC - friend   October 10, 2021


John and Beverly we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Cathy and Wayne Craig

Posted by cathy and wayne craig - washington, NC - Friend   October 10, 2021

Jay, you will be dearly missed by so many, I pray for Carol, Elizabeth, Sarah, Kristen, Katherine and your Momma, Daddy, Katherine, RayAnne and those precious grand babies. I know you will watch over everyone, tell Grandma I miss playing poker with her, tell Grandaddy I miss him, please give My Andrew a hug from me and tell everyone I love ❤ and miss them Rest in peace my dear cousin, I love and miss you.

Posted by Amy Greene-Newton - Shallotte, NC - family   October 10, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Jay’s passing. He was a true friend. Always there to lend a helping hand. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and strength.

Posted by Buddy and Sharon Beacham - Venice, FL - friend   October 09, 2021


Ms. Carol,
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. Love to all ...

Posted by Jeff and Pam Mault - Washington, NC - friend   October 09, 2021

Carol, I am so sorry for your loss!! Thoughts and prayers for you & your family!!

Posted by Sherry Gravely - washington, NC - acquaintance   October 08, 2021

Sorry for the loss of John.He was a fine young man and will be missed.RIP.John.

Posted by J.J. WATERS - Pinetown, NC - Friend   October 07, 2021

Sorry for your loss praying for you and your family. May God continue to bless each of you

Posted by Mark and Nora Jo Woolard - Pinetown, NC   October 07, 2021

May the Light of God shine on your family during these trying times.

Posted by Keith & Viki Kidwell - Chocowinity, NC - friend   October 07, 2021

Thinking of you all.

Posted by Doris Fletcher - Greenville, NC   October 07, 2021

Jay was a good friend and a great person! He will be missed by all! Heaven got a great addition.

Posted by Lynn Medlin - Friend   October 07, 2021


Posted by Tina Jo Brown - Leland, NC - coworker   October 07, 2021


Posted by Valerie Dixon and Major Smith - Belhaven, NC   October 07, 2021

Carol, Mrs Beverly and the Family. Sorry for loss. Prayers for comfort.

Posted by Debra Watsin - Washington, NC - friend   October 07, 2021

Carol & family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Jay.
Prayers for comfort and peace.

Posted by Lisa Williams - Washington, NC - acquaintance   October 07, 2021


Carol and Family,
Alan and I are sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Alan & Tina Jordan - Washington, NC   October 06, 2021

So sorry for your loss Lizzie, losing a parent is so hard. Thinking and praying for you and your family. Julie and Jessica Rosene

Posted by Julie Rosene - Washington, NC - coworker   October 06, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for peace and comfort for your family.

Posted by Lorie Ramsey - Plymouth, NC - friend   October 06, 2021

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