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Two funerals being held for Bishop Roy A. Holmes

Posted by Newsroom On May - 9 - 2013

 

Two funerals being held for Bishop Roy A. Holmes

A.M.E. Bishop loved by millions
 
By Chinta Strausberg
Two funeral services will be held for Bishop Roy Anderson Holmes, the Presiding Prelate for the Northeastern Episcopal District A.M.E. Zion Church, who passed away peacefully at his home last Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Farmington, CT at the age of 62.
 
A memorial will be held in Connecticut, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, and an international funeral will be held at 11 a.m. in Chicago on Monday, May 13, 2013.
 
A memorial service will be held for Bishop Holmes on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 2051 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120, where Rev. Terry L. Jones, Sr. is pastor.  Public viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by service from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
On Monday, May 13, 2013, the second service, an international funeral service for Bishop Holmes will be held 11 a.m. at the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church, 8422 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago IL, where Rev. Joel D. Miles is pastor.
 
Monday’s funeral will be streamed live at: ShineproductionsLLC.com, according to Londa McDaniel, Chairman of the A.M.E. Board of Trustees.
 
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will hold a tribute from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013, in honor of Bishop Holmes followed by the viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. when the funeral services begin.
 
Bishop Holmes was born on April 13, 1951 in Greenwood, Mississippi to the late Tommy and Ruby Holmes. He married Lovetta Goodson 36-years ago and the couple bore two daughters, Krista M. Holmes and Kimberly M. Strickland.
 
Bishop Holmes was consecrated the 92nd bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church on August 3, 2004 and has served in several Episcopal Districts.
 
In 2012, Bishop Holmes was assigned to serve the Northeastern Episcopal District, which includes: New York, New England, Western New York, the Bahamas Islands and London-Midland.
 
His pastorates included churches in: Chicago, Illinois, Pittsburg, PA, Elizabeth City, NC and Whitmire, SC.
 
Bishop Holmes has held positions with the AME Zion Connectional Budget Board, the Ministerial Relief, delegate to the General Conference, delegate to the World Methodist Conference, presidents and secretary of the Hood Alumni Association and a life member of the NAACP.
 
Bishop Holmes was also a recipient of the UNCF Alumni Award, Morris Brown College, City of Chicago Honorary Street naming sign in June of 2000 designating “Roy A. Holmes Blvd.,” Who’s Who in Executive and Businesses 2002 and the 2003 Monarch Award in the category of Religion from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
 
Bishop Holmes was a graduate of the Morris Brown College and the Hood Theological Seminary. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2002.
 
Reflecting on his mentor, Rev. Joel D. Miles, pastor, pastor of the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church, 8422 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois said, “Bishop Holmes was a dynamic leader having led many of our denominational churches.
 
“He led the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church for 16-years in a tremendous fashion including leading his members and building additions to the current locations. He continued the progressive leadership after he became a bishop in 2004.
 
“Bishop Holmes led us in a direction to understand that stewardship is a way of life,” said Miles. “It was embraced by all those who followed his leadership and it has made a dramatic change in the way that many approach living now.”
 
A close friend, Josephine “Mother” Wade, owner of the Hardtimes Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant who has known Bishop Holmes for more than three decades, said, “We loved serving him. I knew Bishop Holmes before he was a minister and after he became a bishop. He did not change. He remained a people person.
 
“Bishop Holmes was a God-fearing man, a dedicated husband, a loving father who adored his girls. He was everybody’s mentors including our cooks. Everyone loved him.
 
“Bishop Holmes showed his love in so many ways especially for the homeless,” she said recalling one day when a homeless man came into her restaurant and loudly announced that he was hungry. “Bishop Holmes told the waitress to feed him and when the man finished and asked if he could have a slice of cake, Bishop Holmes ordered him an entire cake. That was the kind of man he was always reaching out,” said Wade.
 
She recalled one of Bishop Holmes’ favorite lines when she disagreed with him. “The bishop would say, ‘I’m going to do this and you e-mail.com that, touch your neighbor and tell all your friends,” Wade said.
 
Bishop Holmes leaves to mourn a wife, Lovetta Jean Holmes, two daughters, Krista and Kimberly, and granddaughters, Niya Marie, Teirra and a host of friends and family.
 
Interment for Bishop Holmes will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, 11500 S. Fairfield Ave., Worth Township, IL 60655.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to:
 
The Hood Theological Seminary
1810 Lutheran Synod Drive,
Salisbury, NC 28144
 
For online condolences, please click on: www.carmonfuneralhome.com

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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