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Mr. Odell Holmes, Sr.

July 27, 1937 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Mr. Odell Holmes, Sr. Obituary

"When I must leave you for a little while; please do not grieve and shed wild tears. and hug your sorrow to you through the years; But start out bravely with a gallant smile. And for my sake in my name Live on and do all things the same. Feed not your loneliness on empty days But fill each waking hour in useful ways. Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near. Don’t spend your days asking why, For I am waiting for you in the sky."


Mr. Odell Holmes, Sr. departed his earthly life on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, in White Hall, South Carolina at the home of his extended family, the late Ms. Leola Garrett (The General).  He was born on July 27, 1937, to the late Deacon Eugene and Sister Aratha Holmes.

He was educated in the Colleton County Public School System and served in the United States Air Force with the rate of a Supply Helper.  He was a member of Trinity AME Church, Round-O, South Carolina.  After learning the trade of an Auto Mechanic, he went on to operate several full-service gas stations in Walterboro, South Carolina.  He also enjoyed gardening and fishing and didn’t mind sharing his harvest or catch-of-the-day with family and friends.  Grandpa had a loving...caring...gentle...protective spirit.  Slow to anger.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Inez Holmes; sons, Odell Holmes, Jr. and Vernon Garrett; siblings, Rosalie Wallace, Dorothy Aiken, Horace Holmes, Vincent Holmes, Jacqueline Holmes Brown, and daughter in law, Cynthia Garrett.

  He leaves to cherish his many memories; sons, Russell Garrett, Jackie Garrett, Greg (Darylnn) Garrett, Alonza (Angela) Garrett, Lee Garrett, Jr., Walter (Rachel) Garrett, Lamont Garrett, and James Odell Garrett all of South Carolina, and Randy (Virginia) Garrett of Georgia; one daughter, Clarice (Julian) Wilson of North Carolina grandson, James Holmes of Washington, daughter in law Lynnete Walker, PN of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Willie C. (Betty) Holmes of New York and Alex J. (Joan)  Holmes of Georgia; four sisters, Lucretia (Grover) Perry, Carolyn (Oliver) Bryan, Diann Holmes and Mildred Holmes all  of South Carolina; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

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Public Visitation
January 13, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Koger's Mortuary Service
508 South Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488

Celebration of Life
January 14, 2024

4:00 PM
Koger's Mortuary Service
508 South Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488

Video is available for this event

January 15, 2024

11:00 AM
Baptist Hill Memorial Gardens
5625 Jacksonboro Road
Round O', SC 29474


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