John and Jackie Conner, owners of Conner Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Mountain Home and Phillip and Rachel Collie, have purchased Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison.
The Conner’s opened Conner Family Funeral Home in September of 2010, and are happy to add another family owned and operated funeral home to their organization. Holt Memorial Chapel is Boone County’s largest and oldest firm. It was acquired by L. C. Holt in 1924, at which time L. C. began the Boone County Burial Association, which is still in operation today. L. C.’s daughter, Genevieve was one of the first female embalmers in the state, acquiring her degree and license in 1941. She was the primary caretaker of the funeral home during World War II. Genevieve’s son, Patrick, joined the firm in 1956. Patrick married Miss Glenna Jones of Alpena and the couple had three children, Kelly, Kent and Kerry. Upon Patrick’s death in 1986, Ms. Glenna took over management and has been the face of Holt Memorial Chapel for over 30 years.
John and Jackie reside in Mountain Home where they are active members in the community and their church, Hopewell Baptist. John is a 1985 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. He is an Arkansas licensed funeral director and embalmer. Jackie earned her funeral directors license in 2011.
They are being joined by Phillip and Rachel Collie who reside in Batavia, Arkansas. They have been pastors at Batavia Assembly of God since March of 2017. Phillip will be serving as the funeral home manager and Rachel will oversee the bookkeeping. They have two children, Conner and Carson Collie. Phillip received his degree in funeral science from Arkansas State University Mountain Home, being part of the first class to graduate at the new campus in 2000. Phillip is an Arkansas licensed funeral director and embalmer. They are active in the Harrison community and an asset to Holt Memorial Chapel. They are both natives of Dover and have served in Christian ministry since 2008, as youth pastors, associate pastors and lead pastors.
It is the mission of the Conner and Collie families to continue the family owned and operated tradition at Holt Memorial Chapel. Visit Holt’s website to learn more about the funeral home, the staff, and the services provided, www.HoltChapel.com. The funeral home is currently under renovations, they ask that you pardon their dust as they grow!