Josephine Hannah Holt died peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2019, in Charlottesville after 96 wonderful years of life. Josephine, nick-named Jodie, was born in Cass, West Virginia on February 13, 1923, a daughter of the late Joel Morton Hannah and Winifred (Pitts) Hannah. After her father died when she was 15 years old, Jodie moved with her family to Arvonia, Virginia, where she completed high school. In 1944, she graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a degree in chemistry and received the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of her excellent character and service to humanity. She later served as the president of the Alumnae Association and as an Alumna Trustee. After graduation, she moved with her best friend, Barbara Macondray, to Richmond, and began working in the pharmacy at Miller & Rhoades. During this time, she met West Point graduate Charles Asbury Holt at a party, right before he was getting ready to deploy for World War II. As he was leaving, shy Jodie asked him, "aren't you going to kiss me?" After the war, she married Charles, nicknamed "Knobby", who was getting his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering. Jodie and Knobby settled down in Fairborn, Ohio, and started a family. In 1951, they moved to West Point, where Knobby was assigned to teach in the Department of Electricity. In 1954, Knobby became a professor of Electrical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Jodie and Knobby raised their four children in Blacksburg. During this time, Jodie worked for 13 years as an assistant to the Director of Admissions at Hollins College, where she also received a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies in 1983. After Knobby retired from teaching, they moved to Charlottesville. Jodie was preceded in death by her sisters, Sarah and Winifred and her husband, Charles. She is survived by her four children, Charles A. Holt IV, who teaches Economics at the University of Virginia; Joel H. Holt, an attorney in St. Croix, USVI; Winifred Holt, who publishes a magazine written by students in Mill Valley, California; and Sarah Holt, a Documentary Filmmaker from Boston, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her children's spouses, Martha Ann Talman, Jackie Holt, John McCleod and Thad Beal; ten grandchildren, Abbi Holt, Sallie Holt, Rachel Holt Taradash, Marlena Holt, Jessica Holt, Michael Ross, Kendra Macleod, Jonathan Macleod, Nicholas Nutu and Alex Nutu; six great-grandchildren, Hayden Holt Medlar, Asha Mae Tharisayi, Maxwell, Michael and Jack Taradash, and Joaquin Thomas. Her children recall "Jodie was loving, gracious, and generous, and willing to do anything for you. She was a thoughtful and committed friend, visiting those who were sick or elderly. She had words of wisdom whenever we called for advice. She never complained and always put others first. Most of all she was dedicated to her family." Just before she died, she said "I love Knobby, we love our children, I love Virginia, but I love West Virginia even more." Jodie will be remembered for her love of learning, of travel, of flowers, of tennis, of entertaining for her friends and family, and for her infamous "Jodie rolls." At her death, she was surrounded by her family and loving caregivers, for whom the family will be eternally grateful, Doretha Givens, Debra Pendleton and Amy Givens. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Scottsville Baptist Church by Pastor Katie McKown. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with the ashes of her beloved husband. A reception will follow the services. Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Family and friends may share memories and photos at

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