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Jesse Dwain Holmes
1926 - 2016

Jesse Dwain Holmes, 90, of Iowa Park passed away Thursday, June 16.

Graveside services with full military honors was held at Monday at Highland Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Pierce officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Jesse was born on April 20, 1926, in Anson, to the late Jesse Norton and Mary Dee (Nunnelley) Holmes. He attended Valley View High School, where he played sports. He was a Boy Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. Before finishing however, his father sent him to a welding school in California. And, with the advent of WWII, he joined the United States Navy at the age of 17. He was a member of the U S Navy Armed Guard, and saw combat in the Pacific and was under fire for 30 days in a row. He was born into a telephone family. His father followed the oil boom with 13 different independent telephone companies.

Returning from the war, he continued working with his father, and later worked for several telephone companies, and then Joe Ward Consulting Engineering Company. He was a member of the Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He married Winnie Joe Clark on Feb. 20, 1944, when they were both 17 years old, and that marriage continued until her death in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Jack Holmes; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Dill Reinhard.

Survivors include two daughters Judy Gilmore of Iowa Park, and Diane Dill of McKinney; a brother, Gordon Clark Holmes of Byers; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the scholarship program at Iowa Park High School.
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