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Eldophus Holmes

Eldophus Holmes

Saturday, November 17th, 1928 Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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Obituary for Eldophus Holmes Sr.

On Thursday, March 14th, 2019, Eldophus Holmes, Sr., a dedicated husband and father of four children, transitioned at the age of 90.

Eldophus was born on November 17th, 1928 to Myers and Effie Eva (Lecounte) Holmes in Jones, Georgia. He relocated to Fernandina Beach, Florida in 1952 where he met Vernita Johnson. He married Vernita in June of 1956 and they raised four children: Denise, Celeste, Jennie, and Eldolphus Jr.

Eldophus joined First Missionary Baptist Church in 1957. He worked for Florida Public Utilities for 18 years, CSX Railroad (formally known as Seaboard Coastline Railroad) for 20 years, and owned Holmes Pulpwood as a part-time entrepreneur for 10 years. He was extremely fond of the outdoors and loved to make those around him laugh. He could often be seen cruising around town and would flash that famous grin at a moment’s notice.

Eldophus was preceded in death by both his parents; wife; and siblings, Frank (Ella Mae) Holmes, Leon Holmes, Leroy Rauel Holmes, Viola (Ernest) Hammonds, Essie Mae (Levi) Gibson, John H. (Beulah) Holmes, and Rebecca (Jack) Guest.

Eldophus is survived by his four children, Denise Golden, Celeste Merrix, Jennie (Kim) Blue, and Eldolphus (Lisa) Holmes, Jr.; grandchildren, Celestial Holmes, Stuart Tucker, Jr., and Ayden Holmes; brothers, Clyde (Pearl) Holmes, and Alfred (Edith) Holmes; a host of nieces and nephews; goddaughter, Wendy Mote; and close friend, John H. Williams, Sr.

In addition to his children, Eldophus was cared for by Patricia Russell, Laura Parland, Janice Albertie, and Santaurus Brizele in his final months. Each caretaker took special care of him and treated him like their own family member. We truly appreciate them, as well as the staff at Community Hospice, Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring.

The funeral service for Eldophus Holmes, Sr. will be held 11 AM, Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at the First Missionary Baptist Church, 20 S. 9th St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The visitation will be 5 - 7 PM, Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at the Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, 1305 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034. Interment in Bosque Bello Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Funerals By T. S. Warden Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Oxley-Heard Funeral Home
    1305 Atlantic Avenue
    Fernandina Beach, Florida
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    First Missionary Baptist Church (Fernandina Beach)
    20 South 9th Street
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    First Missionary Baptist Church (Fernandina Beach)
    20 South 9th Street
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 |
    Bosque Bello Cemetery
    1320 N 14th Street
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

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May Our Lord Bless and Comfort You and Your Family During This Time. Please accept our sincere condolences Jennie.
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Reta Drake and family

Keeping you all in our prayers.
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Faye Jones

Will be missed. Love seeing his smiling face. Rest in peace.
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We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time our love and prayers are with you all
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May God continue to bless and comfort you and your family in His loving arms like only He can. You are continually in our prayers.
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