Becky Adams Holder

Profile Updated: June 10, 2020
Becky Adams
Becky Adams


Becky Adams


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Hattiesburg, MS USA
Spouse/Partner: Bobby L. Holder
Occupation: Retired Teacher, Pastor's Wife
Children: Ben: 46 years old - Madisonville, LA - two children
Brett: 43 years old - lives in Covington, More…LA - two boys
Betsy: 40 years old - lives in Mandeville, LA - two children

After graduation from ETSU in 1969, I taught school for one year at Marshall High, then one year at Pemberton HS when Texas integrated, and then back to MHS. I headed to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in January, 1973, met my future husband there, and married in April, 1973. My husband was a Southern Baptist pastor, and we have lived all over Louisiana: Raceland, Kentwood, Folsom, Bogalusa, and are presently in Hattiesburg, MS, where we have been for the past 25 years. I started teaching school again while in Folsom. I taught elementary French in Bogalusa, LA, for four years. When we moved to Hattiesburg, I got a job at Forrest County Agricultural High School. I stayed there for 17 1/2 years, teaching English II, English IV, French I, French II, and French III, mostly teaching Senior English. On December 18, 2012, I retired. Between my yard and my house, the work is never ending, and I'm glad I have a plethora of things to do with my time. My husband retired at the end of February, 2014, after forty-six years of ministry; however, he got back into pastoring until March, 2019, after 50 years of ministry. We had to put Bobby's twin sisters, who we took care of for 2 1/2 years, in a nursing home six years ago. Bobby buried his two younger brothers in 2015 and one of his sisters in 2018. The other one will be 65 in August and is suffering from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. I taught French I and French II at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg from 2015 - 2017 and have permanently retired this time. We are now able to spend time with our two youngest grandchildren.

School Story:

I especially remember my participation in several different choirs while at MHS. I was in the Honor Choir for several years, and I remember how tough our director, Mr. Matheny, was. He and I had quite a few differences of opinion. I also remember being in All-State Choir in 1965 and what an honor that was. I remember having Henry Mancini directing that choir in Dallas. I fondly remember participating in the Honor Sextet, even though at that time, most people would see the word "Sextet" and think of other things besides the fact that there were six of us performing! I tried to contact Mr. Matheny several years ago but was unable to communicate with him. I was saddened at his recent passing.
Another memory I have is of Miss Selma Brotze, our undaunted senior English teacher. As I spent quite a few of the last years teaching seniors, I was reminded of what a hard job it must have been for her. But she took it all in stride and managed to make even those macho football players cower in her presence. She was a formidable teacher but one I grew to respect because of all she taught me. I remember her calling a pencil sharpener a "pencil grinder." I also remember her making you go outside if you said "Excuse me" instead of "Pardon me" when you bumped into someone. In fact, it has become so much a part of me from that 1964/65 senior year that I did the same thing to my own students! She was truly a oner as well as a winner.

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

Live somewhere it snows consistently for at least one winter
Go back to Europe and share it with my husband

Sang karaoke?


Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose?


Eaten just cookies (or other dessert) for dinner?


Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at MHS?

Make close friendships

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I have become rather outgoing, unlike what you would have known in high school.

If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

Austria or Switzerland

Countries you've visited?


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Posted on: Jul 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Prayers are going up for all of you who are experiencing health issues, including you, Barry, Ann, and Diane. I would ask you to add one more to our list: me! I had what doctors called a seizure on July 1 and was in the hospital overnight. The doctor said (after tests) he thought it was dehydration brought on by blood pressure medicine, causing it to drop too low. I have a neurological appointment at the end of August.

Jul 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Donna, I'm sending prayers your way for Dianne. Just know that you are being remembered in Hattiesburg, MS.

Becky Holder

Jun 09, 2015 at 2:05 PM

How does it feel to be 68 years old like many of the rest of us? Hey, I hope your day is great even though you are definitely "over the hill" Happy Birthday!


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Happy Birthday to you, Raymond! Have a superb day!

Aug 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I have lifted up prayers for both you and Bill and will continue to do so. May God grant peace to you that only He can provide.

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