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Emmett Booth Holdren

March 21, 1952 - February 28, 2022

Emmett Booth Holdren, 69, of Forest, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022 after a debilitating illness. He was born on March 21, 1952, in Bedford, VA. A son of the late, William Henry Holdren and Katherine Rebecca Booth Holdren. Emmett was a devoted member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Thaxton where he was involved with visiting shut ins after church, served as treasurer and was also a previous youth leader. He retired from English Construction as a Professional Engineer and Project Manager and held many roles throughout his career. Emmett was a graduate of Virginia Tech and was an avid Virginia Tech Hokies fan who held season tickets and was a member of the Hokies Club. His love and devotion to his wife and family was so pure, especially that of his granddaughter Cora and special great nieces, Halla, Isabella and Nevaeh, and time spent with each of them. He often could be found donating his time to friends and family or volunteering with the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, being a greeter at Lynchburg General Hospital, going to ballgames with family or friends and riding around in his Nissan 300Z which he adored. He enjoyed a variety of music especially Rock & Roll from the 60’s and 70’s and going to concerts. He was loved by so many and will be missed dearly in the days ahead.

Emmett is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 31 years, Sharon Holdren; son, Jason Holdren; granddaughter, Cora Lyn; brother, Arvid Holdren and wife, Judy; sister-in-law, Wanda Bond and husband, James; brothers-in-law, Joe D. Campbell and wife, Peggy and Donald Campbell; nieces, Teresa, April, Maranda, Kaley, Jessica, Rebecca and Relene; nephews, Joshua, Jonah and Jeremiah; Aunt, Marie Boruff; sister from another mother (Cousin) Bubba; and special friend, Blake Isley. Also, so many friends and extended family.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Emmett’s memory please consider their local fire department, food bank or charity of choice.

A service for family and close friends will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford Chapel. A private burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in Bedford. To send condolences online please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

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Sharon , Deepest condolences and Prayers I always enjoyed seeing Emmett and will miss him very much on our visits to Bedford Sid & Denel

Posted by Sid Holdren on March 5, 2022

You are all in our prayers in your time of loss. "Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him." 2 Timothy 2:11

Posted by The Jones\' on March 4, 2022

My husband, Gregg, and I were so shocked and sad to hear of Emmett's passing. We were all in the same high school class at Liberty. In recent years, Emmett and I were in communication, mainly about health issues. My thoughts are with the family during these devastating days.

Posted by Lynn Bailey on March 3, 2022

Sharon, So sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts. Kim

Posted by Kim McCabe on March 2, 2022

Sharon….I am so sorry to hear about Emmetts passing. He was a good friend to me I am so glad he had you in his life & you were able to spend time together after your retired. Hugs to you & the family ❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Zenna Ferguson on March 2, 2022

Sharon….I am so sorry to hear about Emmetts passing. He was a good friend to me I am so glad he had you in his life & you were able to spend time together after your retired. Hugs to you & the family ❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Zenna Ferguson on March 2, 2022

Sharon, Jason and Arvid, I was deeply saddened to hear of Emmett's passing and wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of you and everyone he loved and meant so much to him. He and I were very close growing up, he was like a brother to me and I cherish all of the wonderful memories I have from those years at Heloise's house. No doubt that there was a joyous reunion with Katherine, William and Heloise in Heaven. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lynda Booth King on March 2, 2022

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