Grand View Funeral Home and Memorial Park/Bethany Cemetery
8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX
Jeffrey Curtis Holmes
October 21, 1960 – November 21, 2010
JEFFREY CURTIS HOLMES of Houston, Texas passed away November 21, 2010 at age 50. Jeffrey was born October 21, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. Jeffrey leaves behind his son Micheal and wife Lacey Mears or Dubuque, Iowa, his Daughter Cynthia and husband Matthew Ball of Pasadena, Tx, son Jared Holmes of Houston, Tx and daughter Grace Holmes and Niece Laura Welch of Jersey Village. Jeff is also survived by his mother Marie Holmes of Houston and his father Johnny Holmes of Barbers Hill, Tx, his brother Howard Holmes, his brother James and wife Cicely Holmes of Seabrook, Tx, his sister Yvonne and husband David Higgins of Webster, Tx and brother John and wife Heather Holmes of Austin, Tx, as well as grandchildren Hailey and Lyric Ball of Pasadena, Tx along with numerous nieces and nephews. Jeffrey went by many names, some called him Jeff, others called him Red Rider, but the two that he cherished the most were Dad and Grandpa! Jeff lived an amazing life full of lots of traveling around the world. He told stories of his travels to Hawaii and befriending the King and Queen, whom he called Mamma Loa. He told stories of traveling to Washington state on a freight train and staying in the mountains with the Rainbow Gathering. Jeff had traveled to Iraq, but most recently to Afghanistan where he was currently residing. While in Afghanistan he was working as a general contractor, but Afghanistan was not the only place he shared his gift of construction. A few of the places he worked as a master contractor were Texas, Hawaii, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Jeff went all over the world building and helping people in any way he could. During Jeff’s life he walked many paths and along the way he always made lifelong friends as he did while serving as a member of the motorcycle club The Righteous Brothers. Jeff leaves behind many who loved him dearly and would believe his honesty and integrity to be above reproach. Jeff’s honesty and point of view was in a way his trademark and he will be very deeply missed. Thank you God for giving us every moment that we had with him for he has touched and changed us all forever.
Funeral services will be November 27, 2010, 10:00 AM at The Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX.
- Visitation Friday, November 26, 2010
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 27, 2010
Jeffrey Curtis Holmes
October 2, 2011
Dad, I miss you so much. I wish i could drive over to your house and see you. I miss you smile, your contagious laugh and your giant bear hugs! I miss the look in your eyes when you talked about something you were excited about. You always knew just how to make someone laugh and when they needed one. It's been almost a year since you've passed and even though its gotten a little easier, I will never stop missing you. You were a wonderful Dad and I appreciate you taking the time to make sure that I grew up with good beliefs and a strong outlook on life. You showed me that anything can be accomplished if you just put in the effort...and even though i'm still terrible at math, at least I can tie my shoes. haha I miss you and love you so much dad and one day we will be reunited again.
I know your watching over Hailey and Lyric and see them talk about you all the time. They remember you, think about you all the time and love you very much too!
October 1, 2011
I feel so blessed to have talked with Jeff during his last stay in in the states and while he was in Afghanistan, otherwise I wouldn’t feel the peace about my Brother that I do now. Jeff has made me more proud than I could ever put into words. He has overcome one obstacle after another throughout the course of his life. He has shown us what we can all accomplish regardless of our set-backs.
Jeff loved his children, and with Cheryl raised four good kids; Michael, Cynthia, Jared and Grace. One of my most recent memories of Jeff with his kids was when Grace was born. My Mother was over to visit as he held his two month old daughter; he looked up at my Mom and said with a tender voice and a smile on his face, “isn’t she pretty Mom?” That tough ole’ guy we all knew was putty when it came to his kids. Jeff was always proud of Michael for his head-strong take, was always protective of Cynthia and proud of Jared. Jeff and Cheryl always put their kids first; I was amazed at how he adapted to becoming a loving Dad.
As a kid, Jeff’s tender heart was always undercover. However, he is remembered by his brothers and me, for bringing home the poor homeless animals from the neighborhood….no tough guy there. My Mother would doctor them back to health and with the help of the kids in our neighborhood Jeff would find them a good home. Jeff’s heart was not always visible however, to those who were paying attention, could always be felt.
I miss my brother and there is no cure for that. I take comfort though in the memories and the legacy my brother left behind, in that ‘you just never, ever give up’ and you will succeed. There have been times I felt as if he was cut short during the time of his life he was finally grasping what he had strived so long for. It has been almost a year and now, I feel comfort in knowing he did his work here. I have come to understand, Jeff accomplished what our Lord God needed him to. He became close with his Mother, his brother James, his brother John and myself during his last few years here and of course always loved his children. I am so grateful for the efforts he made to make this closeness happen and the strides he took in doing so.
As for me, Jeff has put to rest all of the doubts of what I can and cannot do. He set a course, persevered and accomplished. I am so very proud of the man Jeff became and what he accomplished throughout his life here.
To my brother Jeff: Thank you for showing my how it is done; for showing me what it is to be a parent and what it means to be one. Thank you for showing me how we can find forgiveness when forgiveness seems impossible. Thank you for showing me how a person can transform and become whole. I am so proud of you. I imagine your spirit soaring, free of worry, restlessness and doubt and wandering God’s beautiful heavens, at peace and happy. Until I see you again, I love you.
Your Sister, Yvonne Holmes-Higgins
August 5, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of jeff,as we knew him as red rider''we just returned to texas and found out,he was a great club brother and will be surely missed by all his brothers,I will add him to the RBMC/DEADMEN/DEADMEN FORSAKEN M/C CLUB BOOKS.we have a yearly run on jan.1st in rosenberg ,tx. for the last 20 years for all the fallen brothers from the 3 clubs that dragon [president]run. dragon[robert bernier]was killed 9/11/10,I NOW CARRY THE BOOKS,our prayers are with you..MICHAEL MUGSHOT STEARNS,,RATPACK NATL.PRES.DEADMEN FORSAKEN M/C /YOUNG BLOODS M/C SC/RBMC RETIRED
January 22, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about your loss, my most sincere prayers and thoughts go to Jeff's friends and family. You all don't know me. I was with Jeff in Greenville and here in Afghanistan. I flew out with him on R&R. He sat accross the aisle from me. Just as soon as the plane lifted from the ground he looked over at me. I have never seen him smile so big. Grinning from ear to ear he told me how happy he was to be going home to see his family.....and Harley. I will surely remember him forever.
December 16, 2010
Sounds like a wonderful man I would have loved to meet. I'm sorry for the loss to the family.
December 11, 2010
I want to extend my sincere condolences to the entire Holmes family. Jeff will always be with you and he will always have his hand on his children's shoulder, encouraging them and giving them strength. If you listen closely, you will hear his laughter and you will feel his peace. May God give you all the strength and courage to continue on with the story of Jeff's life, because he will always live on through each one of you that loved him.
December 5, 2010
Dad..its so hard sitting here knowing that i cant call you or see you...all i have is this page to leave you a message and your gravesite. i dont know what to think..you left so fast its like its still not real but i have to know that it is. Please always know that even though we didnt have the best relationship all the time that i love you soooo much and miss you terribly. I understand what happened and even though everyone is saying that your work here is done i find it hard to believe that...its hard to believe that it was your time to go. Ill be back here to write you again soon..love you dad and miss you so much.
December 2, 2010
I will miss Jeff so much.I'll miss his phone calls and his excitement over his latest project or invention he was working on.I will miss that hearty laugh of his.I know he will live in our hearts.I'm thankful for memories we made brother.
November 29, 2010
Lance and I will miss you so and our hearts are quite heavy. We will miss hearing your Harley pulling up into the yard for a visit. Lance will miss your friendship and your story telling and I will miss your laugh and greeting hugs. You are our friend always and we love you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace and know that everyone down here will be okay. Remembering all of the times that we had together.
November 27, 2010
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to all of Jeff's family and friends. I was saddened to hear about Jeff's passing. Grief is always difficult and seems even more so during the holiday season. May each of you find comfort in the memories and know that he is in GOD'S Home.
November 27, 2010
To all of Jeff's family and friends I would like to extend my heartfelt condolances. Grief is always a difficult thing to go through and seems to be even more so during the holiday season. My prayers go out to each of you. May you find comfort in your memories and know that he will always be with you. It has been many years since I have seen Jeff, probably at least 10. He was the same person he was back when we were kids,and it was good to see him. Jeff had a good soul and he lived life to the fullest.I know yall will miss him dearly. May GOD be with you to guide and comfort you during this time. Diane Ring Riojas childhood neighbors Bobby and Tammy also send you their condolances
November 26, 2010
Grace and Laura,
Wanted to share my heartfelt prayers and thoughts with you at this time of sorry.
Your Dad will always be in your life and memories.Call on God for Strength and Peace.
Hollywood Joe Guebara
November 26, 2010
To the Holmes family,We are sorry for your loss.Joe and I both have lost a brother & sister and both our mom and dad in the last few years.We are praying for you.We are honored to officiate Jeff's funeral for you in celebration of his life.Love,Pastors Hollywood Joe & Julie Guebara -Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Motorcycle Ministries
November 25, 2010
forever - Jeff
I would do it all over again!
November 25, 2010
i know you are with God and have found peace. Dont worry about the kids, you have raised them well, thay are strong and with God's help we are all finding our way. Jeff the kids love you so much. rest in peace your work here is done,we will always love and miss you so.
November 25, 2010
To all of Jeff's friends and family I just want to let everyone know that over the last few months that we had many long phone conversations. During this time I discovered a man that had wisdom, courage, compassion, and a heart of gold. Jeff had found peace in his life . Knowing this I know he was ready to move on and do GOD'S work. He will be missed very much by all. We hope everyone will keep him in their thoughts and prayers for a long time to come.
November 24, 2010
Dear Cheryl, Michael, Cynthia, Jared, and Grace
We want you to know how much we loved Jeff, and how happy we were when he brough you all into our lives. We are honored to celebrate his life with you all.
All our love,
Keith, Kim, Jessica, Jennifer, and Rebecca.
November 24, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
November 24, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
November 23, 2010
Our sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers go to all of Jeff's family and friends.
November 23, 2010
Sincerest condolences to the family of Jeffrey Holmes from the staff of Grand View Funeral Home and Memorial Park.