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Mary E. Holmes

Mary E. Holmes

10/25/1927 - 8/12/2011

On Friday morning, August 12, 2011, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holmes departed this life at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Maryland.  Daughter of the late Hubert and Eva Thornhill, she was born October 25, 1927 in Roanoke, VA.
She grew up in Roanoke, VA where she received her formal education.
She married Willie M. Holmes, Sr., who preceded her in death and to that union five sons were born.
Mary, who was a loving wife and mother leaves to mourn:  three sons, Willie M. Holmes, Jr., James Holmes of Blackstone, VA and Ralph (Angela) Holmes of Joppatown, MD; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three daughters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted neighbors and friends.
Funeral Services Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Diane Thornhill-Johnson

This is my last aunt on my Dad's side
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dear Family, I am grieved to hear about the passing of Aunt Mary. I always remember her as a quiet, loving aunt who loved her boys and her family. But I know God always pick the pretty flowers first. She was a beautiful flower and I know she loved God and believed in Jesus, that will ensure her eternal life. May God continue to comfort you during your loss and may you find peace in knowing God always know best. With love, Cousin Diane and family

Lincoln and Gertie Hawkes & Family

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Just know that your mother in God's care now. While she was here you boys did all you and your extended families could do for her. We didn't get a chance to thank her for such a good son, James, who continues to help us in our sicknesses. Just keep your hands in God's hands and stay together as the close family you are. May God continue to bless you during this time of weakness.