Robert Maynard "Grandbuddy" Holt, Jr.
July 06, 1939 - May 17, 2017
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:14 AM
I was so deeply saddened to learn of Maynard's passing. No longer will he be there to talk to. Maynard was a mentor and friend for many years and was such a fine=, kind and giving man. He has made my life richer for having known him and been a friend. He leaves behind such wonderful memories of a man that will long be remembered
James Martignoni (Boston, MA)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 8:49 AM
Rest in Peace Maynard. I will miss hearing your smiling voice in our many telephone conversations over the years. God Bless you and your family. Linda
Linda Snickles (Lake Placid, NY)
Monday, May 29, 2017 3:03 PM
Please accept my condolence on the occasion of Maynard's death. I was a year behind Maynard at Vanderbilt but I was in engineering school and had no classes with the "Arts & Party" boys as Maynard. At the end of my sophomore year, I pledged Phi and at the start of my junior year I was a pledge class of one. I was at the Phi House one afternoon doing chores for the actives and Maynard asked me to go to the Belle Mead Country Club and shag balls for him. We made an interesting looking couple as I was 5'4. He only had one club out-a 6-iron. He sent me out an incredible (to me) distance and proceeded to hit the first one over my head. The whole bag was like that. On the way to and from the country club Maynard seemed subdued almost morose. I had no idea he had very recently lost his father. When I called a fraternity brother in Chattanooga who had been responsible for my getting a bid to tell him about Maynard, He told me that Maynard had led a pre-school rush caravan to the major southern cities. The party had been at his house on Lookout Mountain and it was there that Maynard received the call that his daddy had died. My friend's daddy rented a private plane to fly Maynard back to Memphis.
Maynard was the whole package. He even dated a Miss America!
Joe T. Lamb
Joe Lamb (San Francisco, CA)
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:35 PM
Sallie and I were so sorry to receive the voicemail from "little" Maynard about Maynard's passing. I met Maynard in 1974 when my group bought control of Ireland's Restaurants; he did the securities work for that company and went on to represent us in other ways. He was a fine attorney and became a good friend. Sallie and Vicki became friends and played tennis together; Maynard called them "Big Killer and Little Killer." Maynard and I enjoyed several rounds of golf over the years; he was a good player and a real student of the game. He explained what he did with Relevance 3 but I never did really understand it - Maynard had a better mind than I did. He will be sorely missed by many of us in Nashville.
Henry Hillenmeyer (Nashville, TN)
Monday, May 22, 2017 6:42 PM
Dear Holt Family,
I was so sorry to read Kathleen's posting about Mr Holt. I met him at Kathleen and Maynard's wedding. Big Daddy was so proud of his children. May He Rest in Peace. I hope he has had a chance to meet you mother Kathleen, as I think they will like each other in heaven. God Bless The Holt Family. Love, Patty
Patty Borrowman (Syracuse, NY)
Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:06 PM
I am a member of a group of Vicki's friends called "The Pack" and we thrived on a steady diet of Maynard stories. I think of Maynard at least twice a week as I had the pleasure of his (and his pipe's) company for a few rounds of golf on occasion. Every time I "relax" just before my backswing I think of Maynard saying "it's all in the hands Della". I'll miss you, you fine man.
Della Rumore (Nashville, TN)
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11:37 AM
I had the opportunity to meet Maynard and Vicki when my sister Kathleen Johnson married 'little' Maynard. I was charmed by his gracious Southern manners and the perpetual twinkle in his eyes. He was a kind soul, who traveled from Nashville to Syracuse to pay final respects when his daughter in law, Kathleen's, father passed away. I was there on vacation in Balds Head Island when the photo of Maynard with pipe in mouth,riding the bike, was taken. That moment is the picture I will always think of when I recall GrandBuddy.
MaryEllen Zackevich (Syracuse, NY)
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:53 AM
I was fortunate to meet Maynard a few times when he visited Houston. He talked to me like he had known me for years. His warm heart and love for people is evident through his family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Tyrone Green (Houston, TX)
Friday, May 19, 2017 4:18 PM
My Dear Maynard, The last of the real and true Southern Gentlemen. Vicki and I have been friends for about 30 or so years. I always heard the Maynard stories and finally I got to meet Maynard. What a special man. He took an interest in me and my son right away….I was going through rough times and he had very good and gentle advice for me and Michael. Michael went to W& L and Maynard had a love for that school. When I would go to Vicki's I would hear from upstairs Hello Lisa…then Vicki would say come on down Maynard and say Hello to Lisa….We would talk a while and then Vicki would say it is time to go. Much love to you Maynard…I love you and yours!!!!!
Lisa Parkes (NASHVILLE, TN)
Friday, May 19, 2017 2:53 PM
Roy and I met Vicki and Maynard shortly after we were married and they were great next door neighbors! Vicki we have thought of you often since we moved at that time to Timber Lane. When we saw the obituary today we were so sad. We always knew the two of you were an accomplished team but reading about Maynard in the Tennessean today was truly remarkable. You are in our prayers.
Mary Ann & Roy McCready & Wunsch (Nashville, TN)