Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

June 5,54,

Jeffrey Glenn Holmes, 54, left this world for his eternal home on Friday, June 5, 2020. Jeff was born April 22, 1966 to Royce and Elsie Carlyle Holmes.

Growing up, life for Jeff revolved around his adventures with the neighborhood boys and his beloved UNC Tarheels. Jeff never let the opportunity for a little friendly mischief pass him by. As the first grandchild, Jeff’s blond hair and blue eyes instantly made him the apple of his Grandma Eleanor’s eye. Jeff graduated from North Lenoir High School and then served his country in the United States Air Force.

Jeff lived to be outdoors. The lure of seeking out a trophy buck, hitting the limit when duck hunting or the tug of something on his fishing line always brought a smile to his face and a sparkle to his eye. One who enjoyed working with his hands, Jeff could fix about anything and loved the challenge of figuring something out even if called for some alternative engineering.

Once you got through Jeff’s outer edge, you found someone with a heart of gold. Jeff quietly was willing to step up and try to help others in need. Jeff found great pleasure in visits to home and the love that was waiting for him there. Jeff relished the opportunity to help his daddy when something needed fixing or to just walk arm in arm around the yard with his mama looking at God’s beauty.

Always firm but fair, Jeff cared deeply about his family and their well-being.

A graveside service to honor Jeff’s life will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, Jeff is survived by his best friend and companion, Breana Sheppard; three children, Taylor Holmes, Kelsey Holmes and her companion, Mary, and Ellie Sheppard; sister, Tammy H. Taylor and husband, Lynn; niece, Lynsey Taylor; and a nephew, Jared Taylor. Jeff was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Eleanor Carlyle; and his paternal grandparents, Nerius and Naomi Holmes.

Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials to honor Jeff’s life may be made to La Grange First Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 802 South Caswell Street, La Grange, NC 28551 or First Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry, 201 North Caswell Street, La Grange, NC 28551. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.