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Jimmy Howell Holmes

February 15, 1942 ~ August 19, 2022 (age 80)


Celebration of service for Jimmy Howell Holmes will be held on Friday, August 26th, 2022,  at the First United Methodist Church in Hugo, OK with Rev. Dr. Carol Txipama  officiating; burial will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in  Hugo, OK. Jimmy went to be with the Lord Friday, August 23, 2022, in Sawyer, OK the age of 80.

Jimmy Howell Holmes was born February 15, 1942, in Kent, OK to Leonard and LaDell (Babb) Holmes.  Jimmy was fondly known as "Byrd".  Jimmy had lived in this area most of his life and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hugo and served there as a Lay Leader for many years. Jimmy graduated from Grant High School in 1960, Southeastern Oklahoma University in 1965 and held an administrative degree from the University of Oklahoma. He married Joyce Henderson on August 12, 1960, in Hugo, OK.  He was a teacher in Altus, OK, and an administrator in Hugo, Hinton and Goodwell, OK. Jimmy retired from teaching in 1994 to his home in Sawyer, OK where he did some farming, ranching and building. Jimmy also spent many blessed hours with his grandchildren. Jimmy was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and LaDell Holmes; sisters, Jane Holmes, Sue Cooper, and Margaret Holmes; brothers, Ralph Holmes, and Billie Holmes.

Jimmy is survived by wife, Joyce Holmes of the home; sons, Derek Holmes and wife, Amy and    Heath Holmes; brother, Jerry Holmes; grandchildren, Logan Holmes, Shane Holmes and wife, Audrey, Rylee Holmes, Halli Holmes, Elijah Holmes, Meridith Holmes, Cora Holmes, Reagan Joy Holmes and Silas Byrd Holmes and great-granddaughter, Lillie Holmes, and bonus grandchildren, Tyler, Kera and Spencer. Also surviving Jimmy are sisters-in-law. Rosetta Self Holmes, Jacquie Klaus Holmes, and Jeannie Henderson Wells, as well as numerous loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Mt. Olive Funeral Home in Hugo. OK from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   

Donations to the elevator fund at the First United Methodist Church may be made in lieu of flowers.

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August 25, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mt. Olive Funeral Home
303 N. 2nd
Hugo, OK 74743

Celebration of Life
August 26, 2022

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church
Hugo, OK 74743

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