In Loving Memory

Charles “Bob” Holt, d. April 13, 2017



In Loving Memory

July 7, 1944 – April 13, 2017

Daphne, AL

Charles Robert (Bob) Holt, 72; 1944- 2017 of Daphne Alabama formerly of Oak Ridge, TN passed from this earth on April 13, 2017.  Mr. Holt was a near lifetime resident of Oak Ridge from 1944-2015.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Hollis and Florence; brother, John. 

He is survived by his son, Aaron of Daphne; brother, Tom of St. Paul, MN; aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Bob graduated ORHS in 1962 and Knoxville Technical Vocational Institute in 1963.  A highly skilled technician in the machine tool industry Bob applied his trade to Delta Airlines, Electro-tech, Neal Tool and Machine, and Vacuum Technologies.
Bob was a Deacon and part time Pastor in his church.  He was a good citizen, loyal friend and compassionate neighbor.  He served many years as crime-watch captain of his Highland View neighborhood.
Bob was an avid hunter, fisherman, and was a long time member of the Oak Ridge Sportsman Club.  He also enjoyed strength training and was a member of Golds Gym and the O. R.  Weight Lifters Club.
Bob will be dearly missed by family, friends and neighbors.  By his request he is to be cremated and no memorial service will be held.  Bob’s request is for gifts in his memory, if one feels compelled, to the National Rifle Association, Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. kenneth self

    Bob buddy God bless n RIP !! Looking forward our next fishing trip!!! Bless and be with brother Tom n family!!

  2. Tom Holt

    In the 1980’s when the Rambo movie series were popular, Bob’s young nephew, Jared and niece Kyra made crayon drawings of Bob and referred to him as “Rainbow man”.
    Bob responded by having tee shirts printed with a picture of Sylvester Stallone and inscription of ” Rainbow”. They cherice the drawings and shirts.

  3. Tom Holt

    The fact that Bob was very active in his church while a resident of Virginia was a fact of his life unknown to brother Tom until a week before his death. Bob was a student of the Bible and also a Sunday school teacher. Bob was a loving and supporting single father to Aaron for most of his life. He was caring and supportive to all his family members, his friends, and close neighbors.
    He is dearly missed by all who knew him well. Enjoy that heveanly hunting and fishing ground.
    RIP dear brother.
    Love you Tom

  4. Tims Duncan

    My uncle was a great guy who helped many people. I loved his laugh and sense of humor. I was very closed to him. We would talk at least every 2 weeks. I loved talking politics with him. I miss him so much. So glad I have a lot of great memories of him and the things we did together. I know he is in heaven and at peace. I love you uncle. And will miss you everyday.

  5. Little Jimmy Brock

    Condolences to Bob’s family and friends from a former Oak Ridge classmate.

  6. Barbara Ann Rinck

    A cherished friend; a good man. Forever in my heart.

  7. Kyra (Holt) Schmitt

    When my brothers and I were young, the highlight of our summer breaks were the trips to visit family in Tennessee. We hung out with “Uncle Charlie” a lot during these visits. We were often in awe of Bob’s biceps, and would do push-ups, etc., then run over to him, flex our arms and ask him to feel our biceps. He would do it, then report, “like marshmallows,” in an exaggerated drawl. We would of course roar with laughter! This tradition continues; I’ve passed it along to my young children. And I always think of Bob every time I say, “marshmallows” while testing out my son and daughter’s biceps. Then, we all have a good laugh. RIP Uncle Charlie. I will miss you.

  8. Aunt Mildred Grahl

    Bob was a son, a brother, a father, a neighbor, a friend, a compassionate soul, just a man. He was my rock. Forever in my heart. Walk in heaven with family and friends.

  9. Stan Milora

    Rest in peace good friend. I’m glad I had a chance to talk to you before you ascended.
    We are planning a trip to the range to celebrate your life next week. Keep a watchful eye on all of us and put in a good word for me.


    • Barbara Ann Rinck

      I remember when he had me make a “gun permit” for you, and he gave that and a water gun (super soaker of course) to you. He chuckled for weeks after! Wear the vest to the range!

      • Stan Milora

        I still use that squirt gun for cleaning around the house. I have a number of great stories to tell about Bob but I can’t do it here. He was always trying to build unusual things and he relied on me to tell him if his designs were feasible. I will miss Bob a lot.

  10. Travis Holt

    I have fond memories of spending my summer vacations with Uncle Bob in Tennessee when I was a kid. He taught me a lot and he will be missed dearly. Truly one of a kind.

  11. Kendell Brooks

    Bob was a great friend to me and my entire family. I cannot count the times he came to our rescue in times of need, He never once was too busy or declined to help. He never once asked for return favors. I am sure he will be rewarded in the after life for the giving, caring man that he was. I speak for my entire family, many no longer in this life, when I say Thank You Buddy, RIP, and when the word friend is mentioned I will always think of you because your life defined what a true friend really is.

  12. Pat Semmer

    I will cherish all the memories we made together cousin Bob and believe me we always did something worth remembering. More than a cousin….such a great man and friend. Helped me so much over the years. Loved his son to the moon and back. I will miss you greatly 🌹Pat

  13. Todd Shaver

    Bob was one of the most “real” people I’ve ever known. I will always have fond memories of all of us meeting at Smokey Mountain Brewery with him and cousin Charley. The donation request to the NRA made me smile. That’s Bob’s way of saying ” see you all later”, not goodbye. NRA donation will be sent tomorrow!

  14. gordon price

    rest in peace, my friend. we’ll miss you at ken’s cookouts.

  15. Jared

    When I was around 9 or so I watched Sylvester Stallone’s “First Blood” movie up at a neighbor’s while visiting my grandparents and uncle Charlie in Tennessee. I was so excited because it was one of the first R-rated movies I had ever watched. Stallone’s character was named “Rambo” but I had been calling him “Rainbow”. I remember being super excited about watching the movie and came running back to my grandparents home and explained it to uncle Charlie about how Rainbow was this awesome character. I subsequently received a present from uncle Charlie and when I opened it up, it was a T-shirt with the character Rambow on it but with the name Rainbow instead… along with the typical rainbow colors. That is one of countless memories I have of Uncle Charlie and my heart aches because I never got to say good bye to him. He always treated me with kindness and love and I miss him dearly. I love you uncle Charlie. Rest In Peace, Uncle. Jared.

  16. Pat

    More than just man. More than a cousin. He was my friend who helped me in many ways over a lifetime. I loved him so very much as he did me. We always made a memory when we were together and it was happy. I will miss j so much He loved his son Aaron so very much and never stopped talking about him. Thanks to his special friend Barbara for all her love , support, and care. We will be forever greatful. ❤️

  17. Meredith Holt

    The Holt family has lost one of its biggest supporters. Bob made sure that he stayed connected with everyone and passed on the joys and sorrows of family members. He was a conservative with a great sense of humor, always willing to re-educate those of us who weren’t as enlightened as he. We will remember him as a brave, kind, generous man devoted to his son and family. We love you, Charlie

  18. Beverly and David Woods

    Bob was our neighbor and friend for over 40 years. There could not have been a better neighbor and one never had to worry about any problem when Bob was near by. We have missed him ever since he left Oak Ridge. Our prayers are with his family.

    • Barbara Rinck

      Your daily cards with will well wishes meant so much to him and always brought a smile to his face. He had numerous amusing stories about your “adventures” in the neighbor”hood”.

  19. Wayne Altizer

    Dear Aaron,

    Just hate to hear about your dad passing away…the last time that I talked to him, he was telling me about your family and your fishing boats.

    “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Cor. 15:54)

    Your friends, Wayne & Carol Altizer, 7138 E. Co. Rd. 1200 N., Lewis, Ind. 47858


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