August 12, 1934 - May 3, 2021
George J. Holmes, Jr., 86, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Harmony Retirement Home in Greensboro, NC. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Guilford College United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors beginning at 1:30pm. Please park in the front lot marked, “Fellowship Hall Parking”, face masks are requested. Following the funeral there will be a graveside service at Westminster Gardens Cemetery. Born August 12, 1934 to George J Holmes Sr, and Dorothy Grant Holmes in Manchester, CT. He entered USAF Feb 13, 1954 through Nov 17, 1977, both active duty and reserves. Achieved rank of Major and was a Master Navigator flying the C-124, the largest USAF heavy-lift transport. He was happily married to Mary Lynn Jones for 45 years from January 29, 1961 through March 29, 2006 when Mary Lynn passed. A close family, they had 3 children: Leslie, Grant, and Jim. George and Nancy Turner were happily married in 2011 and were together for almost 3 years when she passed away. George’s working career was with Housing and Urban Development as an Economic Planner helping cities to apply and remain qualified for Federal dollars for urban development including public housing. Retired May 1, 1999. George was passionate about sports, both playing and watching. His favorite teams were the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox. Playing basketball with his family and friends both in his backyard and at the Guilford College YMCA for many years. He also thoroughly enjoyed hiking, genealogy research, and everything about Ulysses S. Grant, John Brown, and the Civil War. His library included over 700 books on U. S. Grant and the Civil War. He enjoyed traveling to cemeteries and libraries in many States to further his research on the Civil War. Ever since childhood, he loved singing; as an adult, he sang in the GCUMC choir and earned quite a reputation for singing extemporaneously through his 8 years of memory care. He was predeceased by, wife: Mary Lynn Holmes, March 29, 2006, wife, Nancy Turner Holmes June 20, 2014, 4 sisters: Elaine, Delores, Claire, and Kathleen. In lieu of flowers, George’s family respectfully requests contributions to the Guilford College United Methodist Church Choir fund to be mailed to 1205 Fleming Road Greensboro, NC 27410.
George J. Holmes, Jr., 86, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Harmony Retirement Home in Greensboro, NC. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Guilford College United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors... View Obituary & Service Information
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