Richard Joseph Holmes

August 20, 1937November 8, 2013
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Richard Joseph Holmes, 76 passed away suddenly Friday, November 8, 2013. He was born August 20, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Daniel and Jane (Kelly) Holmes. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Scott Holmes.

Richard was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, loyal and loved uncle and friend. He served 20 years in the US Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He retired after 20 years with ASU steam plant as the Maintenance Supervisor. He spent his retirement years spending time with his family and his close friends at the Country Kitchen in Dallas, NC.

Richard is survived by three children, daughter, Tracey Holmes of Dallas, sons, Mike Holmes and Richard Holmes of Dallas; four grandchildren, Kristen, Jacob, Joseph and Joshua Holmes; great-granddaughter, Katelyn Holmes; brother, Jerry Holmes of Philadelphia, PA.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 13 at Dallas Funeral Home in Dallas, NC. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or

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Dallas Funeral Home is serving the Holmes family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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David A. Wright

June 21, 2018

It is with heavy heart that I found this while searching for BTC HOLMES. Wish now I had searched years earlier. We were shipmates aboard USS PRAIRIE (AD-15). He was my Division CPO, at the same time he was my mentor. He was a true Chief Petty Officer. I was a BT2 at the time. The day he retired I carried his sea bag off the ship and down the pier to his car. We saluted each other and said goodbye.

Knowing he is gone I shall miss him for the rest of my life. Save me a rack in the Chiefs' Quarters, Shipmate.

David A. Wright
BTCS, USN (Ret.)

November 14, 2013

To the Holmes family, My husband and I really enjoyed time with Rick at the Country Kitchen. He will be missed by all. We had a little ritual going on that when he came in he always throwed me three kisses and he would always raise his arm real high on the last one. Our prayers and sympathy, David and Alice Powell


November 14, 2013

We had a great visit here in Arizona. The "Black Bear" will never be the same without you. RIP, my friend!

Mitzi Jordan

November 13, 2013

Tracey, and the entire Holmes family, What a blessing it has been for me to have known Mr. Holmes. His upbeat personality and positive attitude always brought a smile to my face when I saw him. This world is a better place because of him and his memory will be long remembered. My prayers are with each of you.

William (BILL) Klinesmith

November 13, 2013

Warm Summer Sun

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
The Poetry Foundation

Cammie Rowe

November 12, 2013

Richard, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace like you have never felt before..

Joe Cofer

November 12, 2013

Richard, May God's Grace and Comfort be with you and your family.

Robin Jordan

November 11, 2013

Richard, I am heartbroken. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now.

Renee Whitted

November 11, 2013

So Sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family.

November 11, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy and I always enjoyed his stories. Bill, Vicci, and I will miss him. May God be with you all at this time in your lives. You all are in our prayers. God be with you now and always and may He help you with your grief. Rick will be greatly missed. With much sympathy, Bill, Vicci, and Peggy Casto.