Gary Lee Holmes

Published 10:07 pm Saturday, March 23, 2019

Gary Lee Holmes, 73, of Buxton, NC died Monday, March 19, 2019, at his home. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 29, 1945, he was the son of the late Mary Madge Collins and William Hubert Holmes.

Having served his country honorably, Gary was a veteran of the United States Navy. He then began his career as a lighting agent for Pilipuf and Grist. Gary continued serving his community as a scout leader and a baseball coach for Parks and Recreation.

Gary is survived by his wife, Laurel Smithson Holmes; two daughters, Melissa Holmes LaPlant (Bryan) of Cape Girardeau, MO and Kathryn Lynn Holmes (Thomas Aydlette) of Edenton, NC; one son, James J. Holmes (Marsha) of Buxton, NC; one granddaughter, Allison Hope Holmes; and many nieces and nephews.

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A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Buxton United Methodist Church. A celebration of Gary’s life will follow the service at Pangea Tavern in Avon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at