Clent Frankley Holmes

July 17, 1917August 18, 2013
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Clent Frankley Holmes, born July 17, 1917 in Canton, Mississippi, passed away at his home in Saraland, Alabama on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Mr. Holmes is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Bailey and Fannie Belle Holmes, four brothers and four sisters. Mr. Holmes was self-trained musician, starting at the age of 8 years old. He joined Tommy Gentry Band at the age of 17. After serving in the Navy in WWII, he joined the Hank Williams, Sr. Band and continued with them until 1950. He worked as a heavy equipment operator with National Gypsum Company for 22 years and many years with Laidlaw Construction. Mr. Holmes re-established his band in 1965 and continued playing his mandolin until the recent weeks. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mayme Holmes and three children; Cecile Wayne Massey (Boots), Linda Marie Williams and Julia Dianne Gates (Frank); brother, Robert Holmes, sisters; Era (Mutt) Hannah and Lois Boone. Mr. Holmes is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Radney Funeral Home, Saraland, Alabama on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday from Bayou Sara Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Lambert Cemetery, Citronelle, Alabama. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Jerry Lundy

September 28, 2013

I knewe Mayme and for many years, going to Bayou Sara Church. Shared many happy moments with him.

Charlotte Tyler

August 22, 2013

My family and friends were blessed to have enjoyed the wonderful gospel music that Mr. Clent and Mrs. Mayme and their band performed at Coden Bible Church many years ago. My prayers are with your family.

Susie & Ron & Femie Clontz/Simmons

August 22, 2013

Uncle Clent had his priorities straight - love life, family, friends, music and a good joke. He's pickin' and grinnin' in heaven tonight.

Alex Russell Campbell

August 22, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Kelly Massey

August 22, 2013

God bless you papaw always! I will always remember the awesome fishing trips, the fisherman handshake, and a big smile as I hug your neck while saying "how are you Caldonia" heaven is shining brighter with you there, I love you, mayme, aunt Linda & Dianne may you all find peace - you all are in my prayers ! R.I.P

keith massey

August 21, 2013

I love you papaw...I'll always remember your smile that could cut through anything, always having a good joke or story, taking me fishing during the summer, and yes...the INCREDIBLE music you played for so long. My God keep and bless you until we meet again....Keith Massey.

Jim Willmann

August 21, 2013

A great man. He was my favorite uncle without a doubt. We fished, hunted, worked, laughed, and enjoyed life together when I was younger. I'll miss him forever. A GREAT MAN.


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Carla Taylor

August 21, 2013

My Uncle Clent, was just that my Uncle Clent. He always made me smile, when I was low. Always laughing & telling jokes. He is with the Lord now, playing & smiling. I will miss him Greatly!!! I Love You

DON Sims

August 21, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.