OBITUARY

Norman Edgar Holmes

December 10, 1962July 8, 2021
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Norman E. Holmes, 58, died on July 8, 2021. He is survived by his parents, Wesley and Jane Holmes; brother, David Holmes; and sister, Patsy Bailey. His sister, Judy Lee, died on July 1, 2021. Norman graduated from Independent Methodist School and the University of South Alabama with a degree in engineering. Norman, an engineer, worked at Newport News Shipbuilding and then for Ingalls Shipbuilding for over 30 years. He was an avid photographer, and he was an expert in the history of Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. Norman never married, so he spent a lot of time with his siblings’ children. He took thousands of photographs of his niece and nephews. He freely gave his time to document, photographically, the lives of his loved ones and friends. If you saw Norman, he probably had his camera in his hands. Norman loved animals – at least the family pets – and especially Magnus, a tiny Yorkshire terrier. He didn’t miss going regularly to the Kennedy Space Center for events that included former astronauts. He collected the signatures of many of them and he was known for wearing loud ties. Norman made friends everywhere he went. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Flowers may be sent to Pine Crest Funeral Home, or donations made to: Feeding the Gulf Coast 5248 Mobile South Street Theodore, AL 36582 or Waterfront Rescue Mission Mobile P.O. Box 1095 Mobile, AL 36603

  • FAMILY

  • Wesley and Jane Holmes, Parents
  • David Holmes, Brother
  • Patsy Bailey, Sister
  • Judy Lee, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, July 16, 2021

Memories

Norman Edgar Holmes

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Walter Kirk

July 16, 2021

I went to church and school with Norman through my graduation them worked with him at Ingalls for quite a few years. The nicest person I have ever known. God bless you and your family.

Donna Wise

July 15, 2021

Norman & I went to IMS (he was a few years ahead of me) and were in the band together. As other friends have said, he was one of the sweetest guys I've ever known. In high school, I remember him taking star trails and documenting so much of what went on with his beloved camera. He told me that he wanted to be an astronaut, so I was so glad that when we reconnected on Facebook that he'd had so many opportunities to meet his heroes.
I always think of Norman when I pick up my camera, and can't believe he's gone.
My prayers and sincerest condolences go out to his family during such a difficult time. May you be comforted by these memories.

Traci Carr

July 15, 2021

Norman was a mentor (I never would have made it through pre calculus without him!) And dear friend. He was always quick with a smile, a big hug and encouraging words. I don't think I have ever laughed more than I did when I was around him. His camera was always within arms reach and his pictures were amazing. So many precious memories! I used to tell my kids that someone was taking pictures in heaven when there was lightning...now we know who is doing it. May God hold the family close and bring comfort . My heart and my prayers are with you!

Joy (Vines) Williams

July 15, 2021

I loved knowing Norman at IMS. We all loved him. Always a smile and kindness. We are praying for your family during this time.

Joy Vines Williams
Class of 1979 - IMS

Woodie Ladnier

July 14, 2021

Everybody loved Norman. He knew how to build a person up and make them feel special. He enjoyed encouraging others. I’m grateful for the time we shared as students at IMS and for all the moments he captured on film. Praying for the Lord Jesus to comfort the heavy hearts of the Holmes family.

Sylvia Merritt

July 13, 2021

I worked with and around Norman for almost 19 years at Ingalls. He never met a stranger and was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. The year I was in the IMA Spring ball, he took many pictures of me and the entire court, printed them, and brought them to me at work, just because. He was one in a million, for sure, and I will never forget his friendship. We will miss you, Norman. I know heaven is a little bit brighter because you’re there. 💔

Ann Cox

July 13, 2021

Norman is one of the sweetest men I’ve had the pleasure to know. He will be missed.

Neil Hartwig

July 13, 2021

I knew Norm since he hired on at Ingalls, I remember a slender young man who was outgoing, friendly and enjoyed life. He will be sorely missed.

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