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Terry Joseph "TJ" Holt, Jr.

February 19, 1993 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 31) 31 Years Old

Terry Joseph "TJ" Holt, Jr. Obituary

Terry Joseph Holt, Jr. known as TJ to his family and friends, 31, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN.  TJ is survived by his parents, Joey and Gayle Holt; fiancee', Crystal Mooneyham; daughter, Mia Isabella Holt; son, Jeremiah James Cadence Holt; step-son, Dominic Mooneyham; grandfather, David Goodwin; brothers, James Lee Edward Holt and Cody David Sawyer Holt.  He was preceded in death by grandmothers, Ann Goodwin and Patsy Whittaker; grandfathers, Buddy Holt and Richard Lee Allen; and aunt, Stephanie Mason.  

2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith……. 

Today we stand together to remember and celebrate the life of Terry Joseph Holt or as we all knew him, TJ. TJ just celebrated his 31st birthday. Tj always had a fun and untamed spirit. I could start out and say TJ had such a big life and touched so many people but that would be a lie. TJ was a man of few words and a few close friends. He knew it wasn’t the number of people in your life that you call friends but the connection and the bond you have with them.

 We all have so many fond memories of TJ and I have enjoyed reading them all. Out of all stories that people have shared, my favorite is “Muscle Man.” When he was little you could tell him to be “muscle man” and he would show you his muscles while holding his breath. He would turn so red that he looked like he was about to pass out then he would just laugh and run off.

For those that don’t know TJ began to feel ill in late 2021 and was diagnosed with a rare cancer in early 2022. I think it’s fair to say TJ was dealt a rough hand when he was diagnosed. Not only did the cancer do tremendous damage to his body but also wreaked havoc on his mind. He knew the statics, and he didn’t let it define who he was or the time he had left. He still pushed through all the pain and went to work and tried to be the best daddy and partner he could be. He pushed through all the treatments, sickness, and everything that comes with this dreading diagnosis to show his kids what a real dad does and how he would always make sure they were taken care of. He wasn’t ready to leave this earth not for himself but for those he was leaving behind. Today we are broken but reassured that he fought a good fight and fought to the very end.

So today as we look back on TJ, I want everyone to remember he was a friend, a partner, a son, a brother, and a father. He had so many titles that we all will cherish. We will treasure the memories we have and remember his amazing courage and strength. These memories are what we will share with his children so they know how blessed they were to have had him. Saying goodbye is always hard. But we will cherish the short amount of time we had with him, all the laughter we shared and all the joy he brought to those around him. We love you and will miss you.

Last Christmas I was talking to TJ and you could tell he was miserable and pushing through for everyone. He told me he was tired of hurting and just trying to survive it the only way he knew how. He knew he would never be same again.  He hated his illness and what it had done, not only to him but his parents and his brothers. He knew he had a bigger purpose beyond this place, and he knew life was fragile. He came into our lives briefly, laughed with us, cried with us, made us smile, made us feel special and then he left as quickly as he arrived. I guess death is what makes life beautiful, knowing our time here is short and to make the most of it and to remind us of what is important. While we are heartbroken he is gone, and we will not see him again in this life. A part of me knows that he is no longer suffering. He is at peace and was rejoicing as he was greeted by all the loved who passed before him and more angels than we can imagine. He is now celebrating at the feet of Jesus and singing and dancing in the streets of gold.

Memories and truths are funny things. My memory tells me that TJ was at the house all the time growing up, but the truth is he wasn’t. It is just the impact he made while he was there. Mama once asked him to do something and he told her, “I don’t know how. I’m on vacation.” And still to this day I tell people that when I don’t care to do something. The truth is memories are only glimpses of a particular time in someone’s life and no single or collection of memories will adequately define who a person truly was. There’s a quote I read that says “to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”So I believe the truth of who TJ was, is all of our individual and collective memories that we must share to keep his memory alive. It is our duty to remind his children what an amazing dad he was and how much he truly loved them.

Lastly, To Aunt Gayle and Uncle Joey, we cannot imagine your grief right now. But I know that your incredible strength will help each other get through this tragic time, and we are always here for you. I hope you choose to remember the loving, happy and healthy memories of TJ to keep in your hearts and to help comfort each other in the days to come.

It is important for all of us to remember that death is not the end. It is merely another step we all must take. For those of faith we believe TJ is in Heaven with God, and death on Earth is merely his means to an eternal life full of happiness and celebration. And it gives me peace to know that TJ will be dancing and singing at the Gates of Heaven when my day comes. Rest in peace knowing you are deeply loved and will always be remembered.

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February 28, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pate-Jones Funeral Home
4174 Hwy 51 South
Senatobia, MS 38668

Funeral Service
February 28, 2024

11:00 AM
Pate-Jones Funeral Home
4174 Hwy 51 South
Senatobia, MS 38668

Interment following funeral service
February 28, 2024

Mt. Zion Cemetery
5600 Hwy 305
Coldwater, MS 38618


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