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Nell Holbrook

Obituary Date: Friday, August 12, 2016


Funeral services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. for Nell Holbrook, 96, of Gainesville. The Rev. Geoff Grubbs and the Rev. Calvin Haney will officiate. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Mrs. Holbrook died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Holbrook was born in Dawson County on Jan. 3, 1920, to the late John Edward and Ruby Sisk Rives. She worked at Chadburn Hosiery and Wrigley. She was an accomplished seamstress and was well-known among family and friends for her fried apple pies and old-fashioned pound cakes. She enjoyed travelling with her late husband, Bob, to various U.S. landmarks and to reunions with his shipmates from World War II. She was a longtime member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Anglers Sunday School class.

Mrs. Holbrook is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carroll Holbrook; and by six brothers, John Alvin Rives, Tom Rives, James Rives, Brice Rives, Ernest Rives, and Henry Clay Rives.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sue Holbrook of Hoschton; daughter, Kris Holbrook, of Avondale Estates; sister, Betty Thomas of Madison; grandchildren, Stephanie Garrett (Cameron) of Buford, and Kyle Holbrook (Carey) of Hoschton; great-grandchildren, Maddie and Wesley Garrett, and Charlie and Holly Holbrook; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul United Methodist Church – Trustees, 404 Washington St., Gainesville, GA 30501.

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Little & Davenport Funeral Home & Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Hwy. Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements

Funeral Date
08/15/2016 at 3:00PM
Funeral Home
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory
355 Dawsonville Hwy SW, Gainesville 30501