Lester Charles Holmes

May 21, 1943April 28, 2014
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HOLMES, Maj. Lester C., USAF, Ret., 70, of Montgomery, Alabama passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, of a stroke after surgical procedures. After graduating from the University of Alabama he volunteered to join the Air Force in 1967. He served first as a meteorologist, and then as a computer programmer. After 20 years he transitioned to a civilian contractor, working many years at Gunter AFB. During his career he met all of the Apollo astronauts, lived in Greenland for a year, moved a dozen times, and programmed one of the most widely-used programs that helped fix the year 2000 bug. In his spare time he enjoyed making jewelry, wood carving, reading, and being with his grandchildren. He served as Local Secretary of Montgomery-Wiregrass Mensa for many years. Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Wilder Holmes, and his brother Ronald E. Holmes. He is survived by his son Jason O. Holmes (Renee), grandchildren Lauren and Sean Holmes, his sister Helen Underwood (Kenneth) and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Magnolia Springs Library at 12440 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 600, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Mozingo officiating. Burial will follow in Alabama Heritage Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, May 3, 2014

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March 30, 2015

How sad to learn after all this time that both Lester and Joyce have gone. I met both of them in Norman, Oklahoma. They were truly a wonderful couple.

Agnes Smith

May 13, 2014

We are saddened by the loss of Lester. He will be missed at Thanksgiving and through the year. Our love and sympathy to Jason and family.
Agnes, Laura, and Harry Smith

May 8, 2014

Jason and Helen, How much I enjoyed the pictures!! What a handsome man Lester was and so accomplished in his life. I know he will be greatly missed. Thinking of your family with love and prayers. Diane Wright Dombroski

Janer Boysen Mayes

May 5, 2014

Jason, I want to offer my condolences to you & your family with Lester's passint. I will just remember all of the wonderful Thanksgivings we had. He took such good care if Joyce! I am so very sorry you have to go through this.

James Mallonee

May 4, 2014

He was a great member of the club, an Air Force friend, our lives are fragile and can be gone in an instant. He created fond memories for people with his hands and his heart. He will be remembered.

Emily Reese

May 3, 2014

Les has been a true friend to me since we first met over 15 years ago. He was a fascinating and beautiful person who will be truly missed. His death has certainly left a hole in the lives of many. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace, Les.

Faith Anderson Kaiser

May 2, 2014

Lester, you will be missed, my man! Hoping you are young, healthy and enjoying your reunion with Joyce. Rest in peace, friend.

Helen & Bob Trammell

May 2, 2014

From a Christmas Party in our youth at Clif Clifton's in the late 50's to your engagement with Joyce; the birth of our children, their marriages and our grandchildren Les, you have been a constant friend; I give thanks for our long friendship and your faithfulness in sending flowers, candy to my mother for years. Heaven's "Faithful Servant" has arrived home. Your family remains in our prayers.

Iris McGehee

May 1, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with each member of Lester's Family. He was a wonderful person, and we enjoyed having him in the Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society.

Sherron Schaefer

May 1, 2014

Lester was a visitor to my shop many times over the years. He liked to visit and share his jewelry ideas. I later joined our local Gem and Mineral Society and there he was. He was always helpful and shared his knowledge. He will be kissed by many.