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Marcus James Holtzclaw
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Marcus James Holtzclaw, 84, of Forsyth County, died Jan. 6, 2017.

He was born April 30, 1932 to John Henry and Ella Hamby Holtzclaw.

His parents, several siblings and loving son, Mike Holtzclaw, preceded him in death.

Marcus was a lifelong resident of Forsyth County.

Marcus graduated from Cumming High School, where he scored the first touchdown in the school history and Gainesville Barber College, where he became a master barber and was well known for his "flat top" cuts.

He was also a chicken, hay and cattle farmer.

Marcus was a lifelong member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk and a founding member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a founding member of the Coal Mountain Park Association, where he coached minor, little league and pony league baseball.

He also coached ladies and gentlemen's softball teams and was a founding member of the North Georgia Cattleman's Association Forsyth County Farm Family of the Year in 1999 and received an award for supporting FFA in Forsyth High School.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Shirley Gravitt Holtzclaw; son, Tim Holtzclaw; grandsons, Mark and Drew Holtzclaw; granddaughter, Mallary and Jesse Grant; great-grandson, Tucker Grant; sister, Frances Patterson; brother, Maston Holtzclaw; sisters-in-law, Joclene Walls, Louise Castleberry, Charlotte Gravitt, Jewell Holtzclaw; very special friend, Debbie Smith; various other relatives also survive.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Coal Mountain Baptist Church. Interment followed at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations were requested made to Coal Mountain Baptist Church or the Gideon Bible Fund.

McDonald and Son Funeral Home of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements.