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Betty S. Holman

Betty S. Holman Betty S. Holman

Betty Sue Embery Holman, 86, recently of Crimora, Va., wife of the late James Martin Holman Sr., died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Fishersville, Va.

Born June 12, 1934, in Brownie, a coal camp in Muhlenberg County that later became part of Central City, Ky., to the late Zirkle C. and Ruby Evelyn Waddle Embery, she was a member of the Russellville Kentucky United Methodist Temple.

Betty graduated from Central City (Ky.) High School in 1952. As young women, she, with her black hair, and her sister, Jane, who was blond, turned many heads working as models for the local J.C. Penney store. In 1953, she met James Holman of Russellville, Ky., while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy, and they were married the next year in National City, Calif.

Long-time residents of Harrison and Crawford counties in Southern Indiana, Betty and Jim Holman operated the Horseshoe Bend Marina and Campground in Leavenworth, Ind., for a number of years. Known for her passion for cooking, Mrs. Holman was the manager of a supermarket deli and bakery, before later opening Betty’s Catering in conjunction with her husband’s restaurant, Jimbo’s Barbecue, in Corydon, Ind. Throughout her life, Betty was known as beautiful and spunky and always having something to say.

Betty is survived by two sons, James Martin Holman Jr. of Tokushima, Japan, and Jeffrey Mason Holman of Drummond, Mont.; one daughter, Susan Beth Holman Smith of Crimora, Va.; and five grandchildren, Katherine Beth Holman Samuel of Richmond, Ky., Ethan James Holman of Manchester, N.H., Amanda Dawn Holman Parks of Cody, Wyo., Jordan Martin Holman of Columbia, Mo., and Aaron Nathaniel Smith of Crimora, Va. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Stephan, David and Sophie Samuel, Evelyn Holman and Aiden, Alex and Charlotte Parks, and one sister, Patti Jo Embery Wilson of Owensboro, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Carolyn Embery Wolfe.

No funeral will be conducted, but a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date when conditions allow for a gathering of friends and family. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Russellville, Ky.