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Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors

4000 Miller Ave, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

Mrs. Annie Pearl Love Holmes

May 23, 1930May 23, 2019

Mrs. Annie Pearl Love Holmes placed her sword in the sand of time on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Celebration Service, Saturday, September 28, 2019,12 PM at Como First Baptist Church, 5228 Goodman Ave. You may visit Mrs. Holmes Friday in sweet repose from 12 to 8 PM at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Left with loving and fond memories: children, David Holmes Jr., Michael Holmes, Cynthia Casey (Michael), Sandra Gipson (Larry) and LaShonda Wells (Gerald); 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces other relatives and dear friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Frank Love
  • Roderick Harris
  • John Love
  • Bert McElroy
  • Cedric Holmes
  • Michael Wayne Collins
  • Larry Gipson II
  • Reverend Marcus West
  • Dederick Ealy
  • Jimmy Duffy
  • Allan Casey
  • Antonio Barrett
  • Euleslie Sample
  • Michael Holmes II

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Celebration of Life & Legacy Saturday, September 28, 2019

Memories

Mrs. Annie Pearl Love Holmes

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Jackie Jacobs

October 14, 2019

My favorite. Memoryof mrs Holmes was i was about 6 i met her at my cuz birthday party lashoda.She was very classy and dress to the nines.Always had smile on her face.R.i.h Mrs Holmes.

Lashonda Holmes

October 14, 2019

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Lashonda Holmes

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Lashonda Holmes

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Lashonda Holmes

October 14, 2019

Lashonda Holmes

October 14, 2019

Lashonda Holmes

October 14, 2019

Lashonda Holmes

October 14, 2019

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Biography

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." - Proverbs 31:10

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
- Matthew13:45-46

Reflections on Missionary
Annie Pearl Holmes

On May 23, 1930 in Huntsville, Texas, a couple welcomed a baby girl as the eighth of what would soon be ten children. They seemed to sense the sacred, valuable, and everlasting work she would perform for God’s Kingdom -- they named her Annie Pearl.

Kimball Love and Sally Black brought into the world seven girls (Lillian, Ruby, Willie Mae, Flossie Lee, Lois, Annie Pearl, and Bertha Mae) and three boys (Joe, John/”Brother", and Frank). Annie Pearl's parents provided her with a strong Christian foundation. The family worshipped at the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor L.A. Jones. Annie Pearl accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age and was baptized. God blessed this family with many talents. Her father Kimball was blessed with a strong tenor voice. Her mother Sally would fervently lead the church's devotion -- leading the congregation in singing just the right hymn or song at just the right moment. Her brother John sung and played the piano at his mother’s house, at Annie Pearl’s house when they were both adults, and at family gatherings. Both Annie Pearl and her baby sister Bertha Mae further developed their gifts through singing in the Church Choir. Annie Pearl grew spiritually, but also academically through the Huntsville Public schools, and concluded her education at Sam Houston High School.

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." - Proverbs 31:11-12

As God would sovereignly design, Annie future husband lived right up the street from her. David Holmes Sr first spotted Annie Pearl coming down the street on her way home from school and was smitten. Wedding bells would soon ring. Sixteen-year-old Annie united with 20-year-old David, “the Love of Her Life,” on June 5, 1948. They began their family with firstborn son, David Jr., then completed it with four other children -- Michael, Cynthia, Sandra Kaye, and granddaughter Shonda, who they raised as their own.
Annie Pearl and David continued in the bonds of holy matrimony for 67 years, until God called him home on June 4, 2015. In 1998, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They believed their marriage was successful because they kept God at the center of it, prayed about everything, and fellowshipped with other married couples. Most of all, they believed that God had made the two of them as one. When giving one of her addresses, Sister “AP” would always acknowledge the church leaders -- the Pastor, the First Lady, and the presiding officers. Once, during ones of her addresses, she acknowledged her "husband of 52 years, 5 months, one hour, and 45 minutes."
Finding time for fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation was also important. One memorable trip included Annie Pearl and baby sister Bertha Mae, and their husbands David and Bennie, enjoying the sun and sand of Hawaii. Annie Pearl and her sister Bertha Mae maintained a deep sisterly bond throughout their lives. They even lived on the same street --- DeCory Road.

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” – Proverbs 31:13
“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” – Psalms 96:1

Sister Annie Pearl could be found as a great encourager to other women. When she learned how badly a young woman in her church wanted a baby, she threw her a Baby Shower at her home --- even though there was yet to be a baby. She invited the woman’s fellow Usher Board members and others to her house for the celebration. She, along with her sister Bertha Mae, simply encouraged this young lady in the LORD, although it would be over a year before her hopes became a reality. Sister Holmes, a highly regarded Church Mother, frequently gave hope and encouragement to other women. Another young lady remembers spending weekends and summers at the Holmes household, eating delicious dinners after church, going out to eat after Sunday night services, listening to The Wonderful Harmonizers albums, and drinking lots of tea during those scorching Texas summers.

The special gift God blessed Annie Pearl with so abundantly was her singing. Her family provided her first training, and her sister Bertha Mae was equally gifted. In Huntsville, the two began their singing duo as The Love Sisters. When they both moved to Fort Worth, they continued singing and received requests to sing all over the Metroplex and beyond. Ever true to their hometown, they would always return to Huntsville to sing at the annual Homecoming service for a span of 40 years. Annie Pearl served as the Women’s Auxiliary President for the Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association from 1984 to 1990. She began serving in the Association at the age of 20.

Annie Pearl united with Como First Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend C.C. Galloway in 1947. In 1978 she left to follow her husband the late Reverend David Holmes Sr. to Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. She reunited with Como First Missionary Baptist Church on June 2, 1991 under the late Reverend H.D. Steptoe, and continued serving under the current leadership of Pastor Kenneth Jones Jr. until her demise.

When singing at church, Sister Annie Pearl would never fail to remove her stylish hat before getting up to sing. She wanted the focus all on her LORD, and not on her outward finery. When she and her sister Bertha Mae sang, under the clear anointing of the Most High God, the Holy Spirit came to reside in the sanctuary. As they lifted their voices together, they both would often “get happy,” lost in Spirit-filled reverence. When singing their signature song “Walk Around Heaven All Day,” they would join hands and dramatize how they would walk down those streets of pure gold. They would sing “Mother will be waiting, and my faaaa therrrrr, my father too…” All who witnessed their singing knew it was crystal clear they could envision that Holy City they were singing about.

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” - Proverbs 31:20

Annie Pearl’s kindness and thoughtfulness had a long reach. She enjoyed hosting parties at her home and engaging in fellowship with others. Her sweet potato pie won many hearts and much acclaim. Sister Annie Pearl would give of her possessions generously, especially hats, shoes, clothes, and monetary donations. She also found joy in bringing people together. Once, she organized and hosted a party for Ministers Wives to acquaint all the ladies with each other and to form friendships. She generously donated her time and talents to her church, serving as Missionary President, participating in the Young Matrons, the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), Sunday School teacher, Baptist Training Union (BTU), Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, Church Choir and the Bread & Breakfast ministry. Every time Como First Missionary Baptist Church doors were open there you would find Sister Annie Pearl; ministry was her life, it was at house where she found her peace, love, and joy!
She worked alongside her husband, Reverend David Holmes Sr., before and after he received his call to preach. Sister Holmes became the First Lady of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in 1979 and assumed that holy position for 13 years with style, poise, and grace until 1992. One of Sister Holmes’ most beloved areas of ministry involved introducing others to Jesus Christ. Though she had been gifted with singing talent, she also had the gift of exhortation. In her church addresses, she would beseech others to live for the LORD, to glorify him with their lives, and to work earnestly for his Kingdom. Sister Annie Pearl delivered her last address at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. several years ago, and, true to form, heaped honor on her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and fervently admonished others to continue fighting the good fight of faith.

“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
-Proverbs 31:22


Everyone who knew Sister Annie Pearl knew that she shined as bright as a pearl in her fashion. She received her first fashion lessons from her siblings. Her brothers Frank and John/”Brother” and her sisters Lillian, Willie Mae, Flossie Lee, and Bertha Mae all had great fashion sense. As a young woman, Annie Pearl admired the elegance and style of Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. As many can recall, Sister “AP” carried herself like a true lady and her Sunday morning attire always consisted of striking, well-coordinated outfits, stockings and high heels, matching handbags and accessories, and oftentimes color-coordinated gloves. Lastly, she would complete her look with what has been referred to as the Black woman’s “crown” – her stylish and couture hat. Simply said, she was All Class. The colors Sister Holmes most loved were white, black, and pink. Sometimes, during a church service, she would say she wanted to sing “her” song. The Pastor would oblige, and Sister “AP” would slip out of the pew in her most ladylike manner, with shoulders back and posture on point, and head to the microphone to sing under the powerful anointing of the Holy Ghost. As many can testify, Sister Annie Pearl embodied Christianity and femininity at its most finest.

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
- Proverbs 31:26

Anyone who knew Sister “AP” knew she was what is characterized as a “straight shooter.” She was raised with firm Christian morals and standards, and she would lovingly stand her ground when she felt God’s Holy Word was being compromised. She would give you “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but truth” as it related to God’s Word. She would also correct and admonish anyone who got out of line, in a loving but firm way. Sister Holmes would always sit on the first three rows of the pews, on the right-hand side of the sanctuary. For many years, whenever she stood to address the congregation, she would walk gracefully to the microphone, sometimes adjusting the mike with a gloved hand, and speak words of kindness and encouragement to her fellow Christian soldiers. She would end her address by famously saying “I love you! I love you! I love you!.” With each “I love you,” she would place a gloved hand to her mouth and blow a kiss. She wanted everyone in the congregation, from children to adults, to know the genuine warmth and Christian love she held in her heart for each of them.

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
- Proverbs 31:27


Sister Annie Pearl extended her service, kindness, and maternal nurturing to children and co-workers in the Fort Worth ISD as an Instructional Assistant for 24 years. She impacted countless lives at both M. L. Kirkpatrick and Mitchell Boulevard Elementary Schools, before retiring in May 1995. During this time, she balanced the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, church leader, and a much-in-demand singer. She and her sister Bertha Mae would travel frequently to Huntsville for the anniversary services of the other hometown heroes, The Wonderful Harmonizers. They also participated in various musical workshops, including one with renown gospel singer Cornis Wells. Sister Holmes blended all of her roles with patience and love, keeping the LORD ever before her in whatever service she rendered.

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” - Proverbs 31:30


“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life…” - Psalm 27:4

Sister Annie Pearl’s favorite scripture was Psalm 27, penned by King David. She felt comfort in knowing that after this life ends, heaven was on the other side. Sister Annie Pearl completed life’s journey and departed this earthly realm on Thursday, September 19. Surely, heavens gates were opened wide. Surely, her husband David stood waiting at the gates. Surely, she could hear her Master saying “Welcome Annie Pearl. Your mother is waiting, and your father too. You have reached that Holy City you and your baby sister Bertha Mae would “get happy” singing about – that ‘city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God’. Welcome home, my child.”