passed away March 10, 2014 in Houston, TX. James was born May 17, 1953 at Memorial Baptist Hospital in Houston, TX to Ira Wendell Holmes and Jesse (Joyce) Giles Holmes, who both precede him in death.
James is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Veronica Holmes; children, Melissa Kay Lowder and husband Mark, Jamie Renee Shelly and husband Jeremy, James Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Dana Michelle Holmes; grandchildren, Brent, Kobie, Korie, Brandon, Jaelynn, and Danielle; sister, Jeanne Lyne Holmes; as well as numerous other family members and loving friends.
James was a graduate of Magnolia High School, class of 1971, where he served as student government president, and was an All-State offensive lineman. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, but then returned to Houston to follow in his father's footsteps; he attended the Houston Police Academy and graduated the Academy class number 55. Once a police officer, James was promoted to detective, and then to Lieutenant, and worked in numerous departments until his retirement in March of 1998.
While still working, James went back to school and in 1990 earned his Bachelor's Degree in General Studies from the University of Houston Downtown. James then attended Sam Houston State University where he earned his Master's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management. Prior to his illness, James was all-but-dissertation in the Doctoral Social Education program at the University of Houston.
James began his teaching career in 1996, teaching criminal justice as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Downtown. From there, James taught at various colleges and universities, eventually settling at San Jacinto College. There, James founded the local chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association San Jacinto College Chapter and served as its faculty advisor.
James loved spending time and laughing with his family. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, fishing, photography, and reading english literature. Additionally, James loved all that the arts encompass; for several years, he was a supernumerary for the Houston Grand Opera.
Visitation was held Friday, March 14, at Rosewood Funeral Home, Humble, from 5-8pm, with a rosary being held at 6pm. Funeral Mass was held at 11am Saturday, March 15, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.