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Wreck fatal to Letcher native

Funeral services were held at Ermine last week for a former Letcher County woman who was killed while on her way to attend church services in Tennessee on December 21.

Lois Marie Holbrook, 72, of Rutledge, Tenn., formerly of Payne Gap, died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after she was injured in a two-vehicle accident. Police say the wreck occurred when the driver of a 2002 Buick turned into the path of a 2002 Jeep being driving by Mrs. Holbrook’s husband, Franklin D. Holbrook Sr.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Buick driven by Delmas Farrar, also of Rutledge, was heading northbound on Highway 375 at 9:50 a.m. while Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook were traveling southbound on Highway 375. Police said Farrar was attempting to turn left into the Oakland Baptist Church parking lot in Rutledge as the Holbrooks topped the hill. Police said Farrar apparently caused the crash when he pulled in front of the Holbrooks’ vehicle.

Trooper Bobby Bullington of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has charge of the investigation.

Mrs. Holbrook was a founding member of the Cornerstone Church at Ermine, and had spent the last nine years in Tennessee working at the Greenlee Campground at Maysprings.

Funeral services for Mrs. Holbrook were held December 24 at the Cornerstone Church. Burial was in the Sam Bentley Cemetery at Payne Gap.

A daughter of the late Morgan Tenneson and Ada Grimes Elkins, she was born in Jenkins. Survivors in addition to her husband include son Frank D. Holbrook Jr. and his wife Sondra of Kona, and son Jeffrey W. Holbrook and his wife Connie of Payne Gap. Frank Jr. is the pastor at the Cornerstone Church.

Also surviving are four brothers, Morgan T. Elkins Jr. of Catlettsburg; James O. Elkins of Pikeville; and Roger W. Elkins and Ernie P. Elkins, both of Johnson City, Tenn.; four sisters, Phyllis A. Mullins of Pound, Va.; LaVonne Read of Dayton, Ohio; Jackie L. Bates of Jonesborough, Tenn.; and Charlene McGuire of Johnson City, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Lori Beth Isaac, Andrea L. Everidge and Charity Noel Holbrook, all of Richmond, and McKenzie Grace Holbrook of Pippa Passes; and two greatgrandchildren, Karlee Beth and Weston Brant, both of Richmond. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruthie Elkins and Mildred Irene Schlinder.

Everidge Funeral Home of Whitesburg had charge of arrangements.

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