Clarence Holmes, Jr., blessed the family of Clarence Holmes, Sr., and Hettie Gordon Holmes on December 23, 1940. Being the 5th child in a family of 8 siblings brought many challenges but also much joy. Clarence fell asleep in death on May 15, 2021 at the age of 80, after living a full and colorful life which ended too soon. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings: John Henry (Juanita) Holmes, Willie "Jap" (Gladys) Lovett Holmes, Rose Mary (Frank) Shields, Hettie Grace James, Martha Whitehead (Carl) Rhodes, Curtis Luella Holmes, and Willie Frank Holmes.
Clarence attended the public schools in Screven County and started work early in life as a Dairy Farmer. He ran a Pulpwood business with Lou at his side and gained the nickname of "One A Day", because he only made one load a day!!! Later he transitioned into the job that from which he would later retire as an Iron Pourer.
Clarence married the love of his life and the only person that could truly complete him, Louisanna Busby. The life they lived together defined being, "One Flesh" (Genesis 2:24). So, when Lou learned the truth of the Bible, Clarence was not far behind her in dedicating his life to his Heavenly Father Jehovah. He confirmed it with his baptism on December 14, 2002. So, while his physical sight declined with age, his spiritual vision was clear. It became clearer and clearer as he made up building comments at meetings that either brought laughter, tears, or reflection. Despite his declining health, he continued to share in the ministry that brought him much joy & satisfaction and helped others to know what a loving Father he worshipped.
Brother Holmes, as he was affectionately called, will be sorely missed by his beloved wife of 48 years Lou; His Children: Clarence "CJ" Holmes III, Garden City, GA, and Jennifer (Tyrone) Simmons of Rincon, GA; His Grandchildren who will never forget the love and care he provided for them: Ashari, Jacari, Winter, Jedon, Isaiah, and Tyren; An Aunt: Edith Gordon-Benton of Sylvania, GA. The family he inherited in his marriage to Lou will feel a void in their lives. Including his Sisters-in-law: Mattie (Levon) Clifton and Lola Busby; Brothers-in-law: Bobby (Ernestine) Busby, William (Lula) Busby, Tommy (Glenda) Busby, and Birdell (deceased) (Annie Pearl) Busby. Feeling this loss are also many nieces, nephews, cousins, along with other relatives, sorrowing friends, along with a huge spirit family that treasured him.
Clarence and Lou shared a rhythm that would have you bent over in laughter when they spoke of their life experiences and adventures! Challenges in parenting, joys of the grandchildren, incidents with trucks, animals, and work were all stories that livened up gatherings that they would attend.
Oh, what a happy time it will be when Clarence will be brought back to life in Paradise, with no sickness and death nor outcry and pain. Only joy and laughter will fill the air as we get to enjoy many more stories and make endless memories with our dear friend Clarence Holmes.
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