Ridout's Trussville Chapel

1500 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL


Willie M Holmes

December 19, 1921September 1, 2020

Mrs. Willie Mae Soles Holmes was born on December 19, 1921 to the late Frank & Elsie Soles. She was preceded in death by five (5) brothers, one (1) sister, one (1) son & two (2) grandsons. She has one (1) sister living, Dorothy Soles Garris and a sister-n-law, Berneice Soles. She grew up in the Woodlawn area and accepted Christ at an early age. She attended Patterson Elementary and Industrial High (Parker High School).

Willie Mae married John Lewis Payne in 1948 and from that union were eight (8) children: Marcellus Payne (Alice), John Milton Payne, Augustus Payne (Sharron), Victor Payne, Armantha Zellander, Alan Payne (Winifred), Cynthia Payne Webb, & Sylvia Payne Kimble.

In 1974, she met and married the late Willie Holmes, Sr. (Daddy Bill). She was blessed with another seven (7) children that she loved as her own. They then joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Mother Holmes loved her pastor and church family dearly. She served diligently there for over 45 years. Mother Holmes was the matriarch of her family and taught them to serve God and to treat everyone with respect and love. Mother Holmes led a happy life. She enjoyed traveling and being surrounded by all of her family. She was always in good spirit knowing she was loved. She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step children, and a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends and relatives.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020


Willie M Holmes

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September 12, 2020

Mrs Holmes was a very sweet lady!! Always smiling n whenever you approached her at church she always gave you a kiss n asked about your family. My fondest memory of her are those collard grens she cooked! Mmmmm good!🥰 Heavens gain for sure!!!


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