Bishop Dollie M. Birdsong-Thurman-Holt


Dollie Birdsong Thurman Holt was born on October 8, 1950 in Rome, Georgia to Earnest Birdsong and Annie Birdsong. She went home to be with the Lord after several health issues on July 25, 2023.

She was the Bishop of A Better Way of Life Ministries, a ministry that she was devoted to and loved. If you knew her you knew that she was a woman who truly loved the Lord and trusted the Lord in everything. Bishop loved her ministry and loved her family. There wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for both. A devoted daughter, mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. To know her was to love her.

Bishop Dollie graduated from Central High School in Columbus, Ohio. Bishop Dollie retired from the Columbus City Schools after driving for 30 years. She also had a love for the game of football and was an expressive fan of her Cincinnati Bengals and her Ohio State Buckeyes. She loved music and loved to dance. She especially loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed fellowship of friends and family. Her favorite phrase was ‘Come on Somebody”.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earnest Birdsong; sister, Shirley Lanesa Birdsong; son, Rashaun D. Thurman and a list of other relatives.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving family and ex-husbands, Charles Thurman and Richard Holt; children, Tonia Nichols (Kenneth Nichols), Brian Birdsong, Charles Thurman (Willa Thurman). She also leaves her mother, Annie Birdsong; brothers, Michael Birdsong (Gwen Birdsong) of Lithonia Georgia, Terry Byrdsong of Atlanta Georgia, Craig Birdsong (Angie Birdsong), Norcross Georgia, Ricky Birdsong of Columbus Ohio, Dwayne Birdsong of Columbus, Ohio; half- sisters, Kelly Glass, Amanda Sweeney, Yolanda Hunt of Columbus, Ohio; aunts, Helen Byrdsong and Vera Mathis, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family and close friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, August 5, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    May God comfort you through his word Bible, and the gift of prayer. thinking of you all.

  2. Beverly White

    Sending Love, Hugs, & Prayers To the Family of Dolly. I worked with her when she was a Bus Driver. I also heard her Preach a few times, She was A Beautiful person.
    Love Beverly(CHILI B.) White

  3. The Cross Family

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Bishop Dollie. Words cannot express the sadness for your loss. Neighbors for 40+ years, we will miss Bishop Dollie.

  4. Mother Birdsong and Family, May God keep you all in his perfect peace. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.️️️

  5. Our hearts was sadden to hear of the home going of Bishop Dollie Holt, Dollie and I worked together for years driving the school bus, may God comfort and strenghten her family, at this time of bereavement
    you’re not alone God is with you.
    With Deep Heartfelt Sympathy,
    Laura Morton,Rose Curry & family

  6. Her Clayton Taylor Dialysis Family

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Dollie would put a smile on every ones face when she came to dialysis. She will truly be missed.

  7. Gretchen Gentry-Shivers

    Cousins know that Aunt Dollie is in the loving arms of the Lord. She will have no pain nor suffering. Please accept our condolences and prayers.

  8. To my friends & family, Family of Bishop Dollie Holt, I was not in town when I read the news I was saddened.
    I send my sincere condolences to you ALL my prayers to give you strength comfort during these & difficult times. I know she’s RIP & has taken her seat in the one of many rooms of the mansion behind the Golden Gates of Glory & watching down on ALL OF US SHE’s TOUCHED, THROUGH HER YEARS ON EARTH, May she rest in eternal happiness, peace forever. Love you ALL Birdsong’s, Thurman’s & Holt’s

  9. Laronda and Bernard Lucious

    We will continue to pray for the family. May the peace of God mount as garrison around your hearts and may God send comfort as you walk through the healing process.

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