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Richard Edward Holmes
December 29, 1940 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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RICHARD EDWARD HOLMES was born on December 29, 1940, at Gallagher Municipal Hospital in Washington, DC to the late Richard Edward Holmes, Sr. and Hazel Woodland Holmes, both of Washington, DC. He was educated in the DC public school system and graduated from Cardoza High School.
Eddie loved to sing during his teen years. He formed a singing group The Recorders with four other friends, Tommy Robertson, Anthony Valentine, John Harrison, and a guitar player lovingly known as Buck. They won talent shows and were sought after to perform at local events and parties.
Eddie began a career in the Federal Government with the Veterans Administration where he received numerous Superior Performance and Outstanding Rating Achievement Awards. He retired after 37 years of dedicated service as a supervisor to the pharmacy technicians; all of this while he simultaneously owned his own cab, picking up regular fares on his way to and from work at the VA on weekdays and then “hacking” on weekends.
Eddie was united in holy matrimony to Inell Robertson. From this union two children were born, Ranier and Guy Holmes. He was a loving and devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather. He also had two children from a previous marriage, Mark and Yvette Holmes.
He was an avid sport fan and loved playing many different sports in his younger years including baseball, basketball, football, bowling and tennis-and continued to enjoy watching his favorite teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and the NY Yankees in his later years. He also enjoyed playing Bid Whist, going to the movies with his grandchildren, watching horse racing on television and spending time with his family and friends.
Eddie was a member of the Southeast Friends organization, a group of friends who grew up together in Barry Farms in Washington, DC who over a lifetime of friendship bonded together in fellowship and gave back to their community.
Eddie was preceded in death by his brother Floyd, his sister-in-law Larvita and his brothers-in-law Tommie and Wright and his fathers-in-law, Hayward and Edward. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Inell, four children: Ranier [Michelle], Guy [Jennifer], Mark [Elsie], and Yvette [Todd], nine grandchildren: Whitney, Guy, Jr., Cheyenne, Alexander, Sasha, Ranier, Jr., Celot, Marcus and Aris, his sister Regina [Wright], his Mother-in-law Essie, Sisters-in-law, Michelle and Lynn; Brothers-in-law, Gary and Howard and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Clinton United Methodist Church at 11 AM until time of funeral service at 12 noon.
~Repast to immediately follow the service at Marlboro Moose Lodge 15103 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772~