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Reverend Dr. Jacob A. Holmes, Jr.

(August 11, 1956 – August 3, 2017)

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Viewing Location: New Mt. Zion A.M.E Church
Viewing Date and Time: Friday, 08/11/2017,6:00 p.m.
Funeral Location: Bethel A.M.E Church
Funeral Date and Time: Saturday, 08/12/2017,10:00 a.m.
Interment Location: Entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens

Funeral services for Rev. Dr. Jacob Arthur Holmes, Jr. will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Bethel A.M.E. Church with entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Wake services will be held Friday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the New Mt. Zion AME Church, 103 Cromer Road, Lexington. Leevy’s Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel is serving the family.
Surviving are his wife, Teresa Jones Holmes; daughter, Courtney (Jason) Wages; son, James A. Taylor; sister, Edith Holmes Anderson; nephew, Richard W. Anderson; other loving relatives and friends.

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Guest Book for Reverend Dr. Jacob A. Holmes, Jr.

My heart stopped a beat when I heard of Dr. Holmes sudden passing. We had many wonderful talks when he was my assistant principal at St. Andrews Middle School & even after I retired & he moved on to Alcorn Middle, I would stop by to see him & I was always greeted with his beautiful smile & a hug. May you find comfort in all our memories of such a caring, compassionate, Godly man. Forever in our hearts!

Judith Berg of Sumter, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-18 03:36:41

I am sad to hear the passing of Dr. Holmes. I taught St. Andrews Middle School for one year. He supported all teachers. I was blessed to have worked with him. May God continue to encourage and comfort his wife and the family.

Dr. Peninah Njuguna of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-13 22:33:56

Oh you have gone to be with the Lord. Your legacy will live on in all your friends. You will be missed but not forgotten.

C.A. Johnson High School, Class of 1977 of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-12 22:16:01

I pray for strength for the family at this time. My heart and mind are with you this day and the days to come. I pray for your comfort in the Lord. Be blessed.

Delores Green of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-12 10:54:33

Precious memories you have to cherish. Tell his story often because in those moments will come tears of joy as the Holy Spirit comforts you all. Praying for your strength in the Lord during this time of sorrow.

Rev. Dr. Tobie Pollock & Mill Creek AME Church members of Columbia SC
Posted on: 2017-08-12 06:43:03

May God's continuous blessings comfort you and your family during this difficult time. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples by the love you show one towards another. St. John 13:35

Bridgette Calloway-Hall of Columbia, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-12 02:09:56

I pray that God will be with you and the family during this difficult time, Teresa. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tommye McMillan of Columbia, S. C.
Posted on: 2017-08-12 02:07:11

It was with shock and sorrow that I received the news of the death of your husband. My heart and my hands reach out to you and your children. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this painful time, please accept my sincere sympathies.

Leevette Malloy of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 23:48:05

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Neely Kelly of Chaplin, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 20:26:50

We express our deepest sympathy in the time of your loss. May you and your family be comforted by the Lord's presence.

Rev. Rhudene R. Toomer , Brother Toomer and Family of Irmo, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 20:13:01

I received the gift of working with Assistant Principal Dr . Holmes. He was a wonderful person who encouraged others. He will be greatly missed - prayers to his family and friends.

Sherry Shewmaker of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 20:05:34

While a student at St. Andrews Middle School in Richland District One, I had the pleasure of being under Dr. Holmes’ leadership as he was my Assistant Principal. He was a very sweet and gentle soul , definitely a great role model and leader. He will truly be missed. Mrs. Holmes and family, I extend my most sincere condolences to you all as we share in this loss with you. I will certainly keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ashley Melton of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 16:29:29

My sincere condolences to the Holmes Family.

Rev. Elizabeth Wine of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 13:37:00

Maybe you want to talk about it . Maybe you don't. Or maybe you just want someone to tell you that what you are feeling is normal and that someday you'll feel good again. I am sorry for your loss but the sun will shine again and you can enjoy the memories.

Ezell Pittman, PhD of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 13:19:30

Brother I will miss that loud voice that called my name across the room. Doc we had some good talks about life and business. God called one of his soldiers home to guard the kingdom of God. To the family my prayers are with you at this time of lost my God bless you.

Karl Tillman of Lexington SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 13:17:00

I am praying for you all during this difficult time.

Pamela Owens-Beaty of Marion, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-11 03:41:09

My prayers for the family.

Cythenia Dreher of Columbia,S.C.
Posted on: 2017-08-11 03:38:08

Doctor Holmes was a good man to the Richland One community. Condolences to his family and friends at this challenging time.

Arthur Infantino of Columbia SC
Posted on: 2017-08-11 01:53:10

Brother I will miss the talks at the gym and that loud voice every Saturday morning calling my name out. You were a good friend man of God but most of all a great person. To the family God call one of his soldiers home to guard the kingdom he is at rest with the Lord my prayers are with you.

Karl Tillman of Lexington SC
Posted on: 2017-08-10 23:36:16

Faithful Servant; well done

Rev Reginald and Rev Carnetta Morton of Irmo South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-10 21:23:22

Teresa, my heart goes out to you and my 'babies', along with the other members of the family. To break the bond with a dear loved one through death inflicts unspeakable pain on the remaining family, and I am so sorry you are going through it at this time. Lovingly keeping you in my prayers, with deepest heartfelt sympathy.

Ruth (Parish) Oree of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-10 18:23:54

My condolences to the Holmes family and friends. We pray that god's love and understanding gives you the strength to make it through these trying days ahead. We pray that God will bless you with guidance for only he knows the pain in which you heart is enduring at this time. No one's grief is the same so we pray for each of you individually and collectively.

Kenyon and Frances Mack of COLUMBIA
Posted on: 2017-08-10 17:44:37

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Holmes at Alcorn Middle. He was a warm and caring person and always brightened my day when I talked with him. Dr. Holmes was very supportive, and I am going to miss him so much. I send my sincerest condolences and prayers.

Kindra Johnson of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-10 16:35:10

Our hearts are very heavy on the sudden passing of our Pastor and friend. We will miss you. Servant of the Lord well done.

Darrell and Jackie of Bushkill, PA
Posted on: 2017-08-10 12:50:27

To my 698th grade principal and one of my favorite pastors. To the sharpest dressing man in the south. May your soul text peacefully. To Mrs Holmes and the New Mt Zion in family, you have my prayers for peace and comfort. On behalf of Pleasant Springs AME, you are all in our prayers.

Stacy Smith Nelson of Columbia
Posted on: 2017-08-10 10:47:30

Cousin Teresa. I am honored I had an opportunity to meet Jacob at cousin Cynthia's house. I knew at that moment you were blessed with an extremely friendly, loving and caring man. As a soldier, servant and child of God, Jacob kept his promises to the Lord and the Lord will keep his promise as well. He is assured Eternal Life in the kingdom. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and Jacobs entire family. You are a strong and you will persevere. Sending you and Jacobs family much love from Cousin Terence and Aunt Verdelle.

Terence Jones & Aunt Verdelle Jones of Madison, NJ
Posted on: 2017-08-10 06:33:19

My heart is heavy to learn of the passing of Dr. Holmes. He married my most favorite college instructor EVER. So I knew he was anointed. Then i later encountered him as he was AP at Alcorn Middle. I came only for afterschool work but he would shake my hand every day and every single time he saw me, he said "God isn't through with you yet. Hang in there. " Rest with God sir. Well Done

Marcus Adams of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-10 01:32:54

Jake...was a good man..a stand up guy.

Thomas j. shea of Columbia s.c.
Posted on: 2017-08-09 23:51:27

The Bus Driver's at Alcorn Middle School is very SAD we will miss him Dearly Love You Dr. Holmes

Venita Bland of Columbia South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-09 19:16:57

Rev Jacobs was a person that cared about you no matter what you did or where you came from. Smart Intelligent Outgoing person. Students will miss his guidance and understanding that he put forth to them. May God be with his family and bless them as he goes ahead waiting for them.

Rosaryneasey@yahoo Trezevant Neasey and Family of Columbia SC 29204
Posted on: 2017-08-09 18:30:58

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God continue to give you strength during this time of bereavement.

Adrian Williams of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-09 14:54:09

So sorry for your loss. May God bless your family during this time of bereavement.

Jackie Belcher-Cook of Columbia, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-09 14:15:39

I am missing my childhood friend Jake already. He was a champion and role model indeed and one of the smartest guys I knew. His legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace my dear brother and good friend. Jake is in heaven now. May he rest in peace. Family you are in my prayers and I will always be here for your support..

Vanessa Ashford of Columbia SC
Posted on: 2017-08-09 14:11:14

My Man a hard working Loving person. We know another soldier is in heaven. Jacob i enjoyed our times in the gym and personal friendship you are a true warrior and my love is sent to you into the heavens gates tonight.

Dale Newton of Irmo
Posted on: 2017-08-09 04:51:49

My Man a hard working Loving person. We know another soldier is in heaven. Jacob i enjoyed our times in the gym and personal friendship you are a true warrior and my love is sent to you into the heavens gates tonight.

Dale Newton of Irmo
Posted on: 2017-08-09 04:51:48

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss. God bless.

LaToya Workman of Blair
Posted on: 2017-08-08 23:18:52

My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Katrina Tolbert of COLUMBIA
Posted on: 2017-08-08 22:38:19

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the church family! No words are adequate for our loss....

Dr. Andre M. Rogers of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 22:03:48

My sincere prayers go out to you and your family at this time. My God continue to guide and keep you in your time of sorrow!!

Ruth R. Smalls of Winnsboro, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-08 19:37:51

Edith Arthuretta & Richard, Jr., We continue to petition for a period when times are a little easier, a greater inclination to smile, and the ability to think fondly upon the integrity, intellect, and dignity of your brother and uncle. Be encouraged! T. DeWayne & Brooke C. Cash - Laurel, MD

T. DeWayne & Brooke C. Cash of Laurel, MD
Posted on: 2017-08-08 19:12:34

I had the honor of working with Dr. Holmes when I became principal of Alcorn Middle in 2012. I will always remember him walking into my office with a cup of coffee every morning ready to start the day. My deepest sympathies to the Holmes family for your loss. Dr. Holmes will be missed but will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Antwon Sutton, FMSD4 of Fort Mill, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 19:12:27

Prayers for the entire family...

Mr. T. Hare of Winnsboro, S.C
Posted on: 2017-08-08 18:55:15

Thoughts and prayers for your family will continue!

Jennifer Etheridge of
Posted on: 2017-08-08 18:35:46

Your family is in my prayers.

Melissa Pauling of Winnsboro, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 18:16:37

So sorry for your loss First Lady Holmes. May God give you peace and comfort like only He can during this difficult time. Praying for you and yours.

Angela Green of Columbia
Posted on: 2017-08-08 16:50:45

Our deepest sympathy and most heartfelt condolences to First Lady Teresa Holmes and her family in what has to be the toughest time of our lives. Rev. Dr. Holmes will truly be missed, but we are blessed that our paths have crossed and hope to have more "Hallelujah Moments" when we reunite in glory!

Rev. Lester J. Drayton, Jr. and the Greater St. Paul Family of West Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 15:25:04

My heart is heavy but I know Dr. Holmes is now resting in the arms of the Lord. I jusr remember my last day of leaving the school and he told me that God had me covered, as he gave me the biggest hug. I will definitely miss him requesting my coffee and always encouraging me. Rest Well Dr. Holmes! May God continue to strengthen the family in this very difficult time.

Patricia Pringle of RCSD1 Hearing Office of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 14:07:27

Mrs. Teresa Holmes and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sadness and sorrow. Sincerely

Carolyn Means, Fairfield County School District of Winnsboro, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-08 13:15:36

Safe in the "Arms of Jesus."

Rev. Ertha Bowman and The Miller Chapel AME Family of Newberry, SC.
Posted on: 2017-08-08 00:35:58

I remember Dr Holmes used to give us fistpumps and tell us to do our best in school but I'm shocked that he passed he was a great assistant principal but. He in heaven now rip

Quantais Carlos assistant principal of Columbia SC
Posted on: 2017-08-07 20:10:36

My prayers are with the family of Dr. Holmes. He worked with me and my son at Alcorn Middle School. He did his job and did it well havibg a lifetime effect on me as a parent and my child as a student. From school board hearings, phone calls and conferences, he always brought out the postive in a negative situation. He was always encouraging and wanted the students to be the best they could be. I remember him saying be was hard on my son because he reminded bim of himself when he was a chikd. My son's behavior improved and he started making honor roll. On graduation day he said I know you are proud and so am I. Heaven has gained an Angel!

Lucinda McFadden of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-07 18:33:15

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to family and friends. God Bless!

Willie Seawright of Columbia, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-07 17:46:38

My prayers are with each of you in this deep season of devastating grief.Sent with sincere condolences and love.

Rev.Yvonne Derrick-Mebane of Austin, Texas
Posted on: 2017-08-07 17:28:37

So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Such a humble and respectable man of God. May the Lord continue to strengthen you.

Rev. Carolyn Neal of Lexington, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-07 16:58:02

My condolences in the loss of your loved one. May you be comforted by the words found at Psalm 147:3 which says: He (God) heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds. Also the scripture at Psalm 68:20 says; The true God is for us a God who saves; And Jehovah the Sovereign Lord provides escape from death. These scriptures can provide comfort during this sad time.

R. Sweatman of Decatur GA
Posted on: 2017-08-07 16:19:10

My heart goes out to the family of Dr. Holmes. He will truly be missed. May God strengthen you in this season of your life.

Wanda from Hearing Office RichlandOne of Columbia, S.C.
Posted on: 2017-08-07 10:25:34

To the esteem family of Rev. Holmes, Co-laborer in the Gospel, classmate, and friend. I am deeply saddened of the loss. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. There is comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection and the renewed Paradise , where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.May God's peace that surpass all understanding comfort and keep you in this season!!

Rev. Rosette and Councilman Allen Gallman of PROSPERITY, S.C.
Posted on: 2017-08-07 01:12:26

I pray that the family will find strength and comfort in the promises of God for our living and for our death. Romans 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Rev. Dr. Carolyn A. Davis of Lexington, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-06 22:44:53

I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.

M Jones of New Bern, NC
Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:56:26

A Gentleman of great wisdom and of great faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holmes family.

The Flowers Family of Elgin, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:46:33

To the family of "Junior" Holmes: God's love continually fills our hearts with thanksgiving for "Junior's" legacy of friendship, his bequest to mirror the life of Christ and his spirit of love for family in great measure. H's been faithful.

William and Frazier Davis of Columbia SC
Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:44:25

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints."

Pastor Agnes Watson-Lindler of Chapin
Posted on: 2017-08-05 23:49:10

May God comfort the family of Dr. J. Arthur Holmes during this time of sorrow. I worked with Dr. Holmes while at St. Andrews Middle School and he was dedicated not only to the educational well being of every student, but he demonnstrated a willingness to help them secceed in all areas of life.

Donald W. Sweeper of Columbia, South Carolina
Posted on: 2017-08-05 19:35:00

To the family of Dr. Holmes, My encounter with Dr. Holmes at Alcorn Middle School was pleasant. He was dedicated to helping youngsters and had their best interest in mind. He was great and worked smart. Blessing to those he left behind.

Shirley Madison of Columbia, SC
Posted on: 2017-08-05 16:30:07

To the family of J. Arthur Holmes. We grieve with you and pray with you. He is a lifelong friend and I can remember Junior playing in the yard st Bethel during bible school. I will cherish those memories of our childhood at Bethel A.M.E. Church when we were family. He was a good man. Will miss him.

Winifred "Windy" Carson-Smith of Washington , DC
Posted on: 2017-08-05 15:47:24

I am sorry to read of the death of your love One. Very soon Jehovah God ( Psalm 83:18), will reverse the pain of death, Isaiah 25:8 and 33 :24. Then no one will ever die again.

M Wright of Louisiana
Posted on: 2017-08-05 02:16:35

Servant of God well done!

Effson Bryant of Columbia
Posted on: 2017-08-04 22:47:52

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