Young farmer dies tragically, ‘doing what he loved’

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Brandon Holt was remembered Monday night as someone who was fun, full of life, and loved farming.

Holt, who was 20, died tragically Monday morning doing what he loved most. Holt was cutting hay when his tractor broke a guide wire from a utility pole. When he turned around to make another pass on the field, he observed the broken wire. Holt attempted to move the wire and was subsequently electrocuted, Sheriff Blake Turman said.

The accident occurred five miles north of Lockhart in a private field off of Alabama Hwy. 55. 

Holt was the son of Joey and Tammy Holt, and the brother of Justin Holt. He was a 2017 graduate of Pleasant Home School, and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Emmett Massey, former youth minister at Hopewell, said Holt had one of the biggest hearts imaginable.

“He liked to laugh, and he liked to make others laugh,” Massey said. “If he saw you were having a bad day, he was going to do something to make it better. He loved being a farmer, and I don’t think it ever occurred to him to be anything else.”

Branston Wallace, who considered his friend a brother, agreed.

“Farming was all he ever dreamed of doing,” Wallace said. “He was in FFA and involved in that, but farming was his life. He always wanted to be on a tractor.

“That’s all we talked about, because I wanted to do it, too. I rode with him a lot of nights to haul cotton to Geneva, or some days when I didn’t have work or school.

Wallace works at the Andalusia Farmers Co-op, where he is a co-worker of Roy Allen, who formerly worked with the Holts on their farm.

“He said when he was little, Brandon would get out of school and Miss Tammy would bring him to the field and ask him who he wanted to ride with,  his daddy or Roy Allen. He would ride with Roy all afternoon. He loved farming more than anything.”

Wallace’s mother, Sonia Wallace, said Brandon was like a member of their family.

“He would hug me and call me ‘Mom,’ ” she said. “He treated this house like it was his house, and we treated him that way, too.”

Mrs. Wallace said her family always teasingly called  Brandon “Tammy,” because he looked so much like his mother.

“He would just smile,” she recalled. “We called him that so much, my grandson, who’s 3, didn’t know that wasn’t his name.”

The family members agreed that Brandon had a generous heart. But to sum him up?

“There aren’t enough words,” Branston Wallace said.