OBITUARY

Jeffrey Curtis Holmes

October 21, 1960November 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.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 26, 2010
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Cynthia Ball

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.

P.S.
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!

Yvonne Holmes-Higgins

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

MICHAEL STEARNS

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

Jeremy Gintz

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.

Julie Bailey

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.

Cynthia Ball

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.

John Holmes

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

Jeff-
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.

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