Robert Maynard Holt passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at 2:55 PM at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was surrounded by his family when he passed and did so gracefully and without pain. He had quietly and with great spirit fought a battle with cancer over the last 6 months of his life.
Maynard was born July 6, 1939 and would have been 78 years old July 6, 2017. He is survived by a wonderful wife Vicki, a son Maynard, a daughter Ashley, a stepson Jimmy Taylor, and five grandchildren he loved dearly. He and Vicki were married November 23, 1973 and have lived and loved in Nashville ever since. Their daughter Ashley lives in Birmingham, Alabama and has two daughters, Brooke and Brayden. Their son, Maynard Holt 3rd, lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Kathleen and their three children, Owen, Eliza and Ethan. Maynard has always placed a high value on education and is very proud of all of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Brooke is 10, sings, plays basketball and has never met a person she doesn't like. Brayden is 6, swims and loves having lemonade stands with her big sister. Ethan, aka Chico, is 12 and is an all-star baseball player and avid reader. Eliza is 15, plays basketball and lacrosse, and is an all-star in the classroom as well. Owen is the oldest at 18 and will attend Harvard University in the fall to play football. The grandchildren loved Maynard greatly and referred to him as Grandbuddy, a name that he had suggested to them and that was perfect. He was a frequent visitor to Houston and Birmingham and saw many of the grandchildren's events and special moments. Maynard Holt was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and he will be forever in our hearts.
Maynard's parents were Jane Love Holt and Robert Maynard Holt, Sr. He also had a brother, Edwin Love Holt. Maynard was born and raised in Memphis where his father was the CEO of the Oliver Finnie Candy and Food company. Maynard attended the Columbia Military Academy for one year and graduated from East High School in 1957. He was an all Memphis football and basketball player at East High. His East High basketball team won the Memphis City Championship. Maynard was also a renowned local golfer and was most proud to have teamed with his dad to win the father-son golf tournament at the Memphis Country Club. Maynard also attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was always very proud to have been a scout. He worked at Oliver Finnie in the summers and had many friends at the Company.
Maynard's mother, Jane Love, had a sister, Lillian Love Fisher (aka Aunt Lil), who with her husband, Dr. Dan Fisher, lived in Memphis with their two sons, Dan and Dick. Dan and Dick were childhood friends of Maynard. Dick and his wife Dot live in Memphis still and Dan lives in Chattanooga.
Maynard chose to attend Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship after declining offers to attend UCLA, Ole Miss and the University of Tennessee, among others. After injury at the end of his freshman year of football, Maynard went on to become Captain of the Vanderbilt golf team and also swam for the University. He also became President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He loved Vanderbilt and was an avid supporter of the school. He graduated in 1961.
Maynard Holt Sr. passed away unexpectedly in 1961 from a heart attack. Maynard had planned to return home to work with his father but the Company was dissolved after his father's passing. He loved and admired his father greatly and would for the rest of his life talk of him and the positive role model he had been for his son. Ref: http://www.oliverfinnie.com/obit.html
After Vanderbilt, Maynard served in the US Army and then subsequently worked as a broker at EF Hutton. He then enrolled at the University of Tennessee and obtained a law degree. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he worked for Provident Life and worked for a period of time in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the early 1970's, Maynard moved to Nashville and began practicing law, first with Snodgrass & Holt, then with Butler, Lackey, Holt & Snedecker. Later, he was a sole practitioner. He was very pleased to be licensed to try cases in front of the US Supreme Court. His law career included many successful cases and he was most proud to have been the lead attorney on the initial public offering of Cracker Barrel as well as Service Merchandise. He served on the board of Service Merchandise from the time of its first public offering until it's ultimate closure.
He was a great student of the markets and after a successful law career, he moved full time to establish his own market-analytics software company, Relevance 3. Maynard spent the remainder of his professional years teaching, lecturing and holding seminars for those wishing to more carefully understand the technical trading of stocks and commodities. He leaves behind a prolific amount of work and numerous great friends globally from this time in his life.
A scholarship has been established in his name in two sports at Vanderbilt University: The Maynard Holt Football Scholarship and the Maynard Holt Golf Scholarship. Each year an athlete will be designated the Maynard Holt Scholarship award winner in each sport in perpetuity. In his final days, Maynard appreciated greatly the kindness and warmth of the Vanderbilt athletics department.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family has requested donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America – Nashville and Memphis chapters. Donations can be made by writing a check to the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, noting in the memo “For the Memory of Robert Maynard Holt, Jr.” and can mailed to: Boy Scouts of America Foundation / Robert Maynard Holt, Jr. Memorial Fund / 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane / Irving, TX 75015 or donations can also be made on-line using the Boy Scouts of America – A Place to Give website at: https://aplacetogive.scouting.org
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The family will be having a very small, private memorial service for Maynard with immediate family only.
We will love him for the rest of our lives.