Born 10-22-1953 -- Died 4-5-2008
Billy Van Holmes was born Oct. 22, 1953, in Thayer, Mo., the son of Billy Dale Holmes and Helen Cates Holmes. He died April 5, 2008, in Ozark, Mo., at the age of 54 years.
He was united in marriage to Judy Ann Ross and to this union two children were born, Brian Ray Holmes and Eric Van Holmes.
He was united in marriage July 1, 1989 in Mammoth Spring, Ark., to Judy Ann Jones with her two children, Michelle and Allen.
He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer. He was a member of the Clifton Masonic Lodge #463 in Thayer.
He was employed by the local telephone company, working for a total of 35 years retiring as Plant Technician. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. His hobbies included gun trading and attending gun shows.
He is survived by: his wife, Judy of the family home, in Thayer; his mother, Helen Holmes of Alton; his maternal grandmother, Lois Cates of Alton, Mo.; four children, Brian Ray Holmes and wife, Jeremy of Mountain View, Ark., Eric Van Holmes and wife, Amanda of Ozark, Mo., Michelle Simms and husband, Ronnie of Thayer, and Allen Jones and wife, Jessica of Mammoth Spring; five grandchildren, Savanna Holmes, Gavin Holmes, Kacey Simms, Austyn Simms and Dagen Jones; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Billy Dale Holmes; his maternal grandfather, Corwin Cates and his paternal grandparents, Ray and Nova Holmes.
Funeral services were held April 8 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Rev. Gerald Bounds officiating. Burial was in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522 or left at the Funeral Home.