She was born April 19, 1937, in Gwinnett County, the oldest daughter of James and Grace Bailey Upchurch.
She lived a life that was a testimony of her faith in Christ. She was clothed with strength, dignity and laughed without fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25). She faithfully served and ministered alongside her husband, the Rev. Ed Holcombe, at Dacula First Baptist Church; Zion Hill Baptist Church in Buford; Edwards Chapel Baptist Church in Athens; Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Grayson; and Head of Tennessee Baptist Church in Dillard. She retired from the Georgia Education System after working in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and at Rabun Gap Community School. In all that she did, whether baking a cake, crocheting a blanket or caring for her family, she continued to serve and minister until her final day.
She is preceded in death by: her husband of 37 years, the Rev. Ed Holcombe; her grandson, Russ Holcombe; her parents, James and Grace Upchurch; and a brother, Jimmy Upchurch.
She is survived by: her children, Marlon Holcombe of Duluth, Lisa Holcombe Porter and Doug Porter of Demorest and Don and Kim Holcombe of Rabun Gap; her grandchildren, Douglas and Kristen Porter of Raleigh, N.C., Hallie Porter Smith and Daniel Smith of Raleigh, and Brad and Wes Holcombe of Rabun Gap; a great-grandson, Kieran Douglas Porter; a brother, Ron Upchurch and wife Carol of Tiger; a sister, Shirley and Manfred Lowen of Winder; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Her home going, because of her unwavering faith and hope that she had in Christ, was celebrated Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Beck Funeral Home chapel with officiating by the Rev. Doug Porter and her grandchildren. Burial will follow in Head of Tennessee Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Gideons, Rabun Gap Camp, P.O. Box 241, Clayton, GA 30525; or to one’s local ministry.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.