Whirley M. Holmes
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ROCKWELL - Whirley Miller Holmes, 88, of Rockwell, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at The NC Veterans Home in Salisbury.
Born Nov. 16, 1925, in Mecklenburg County, Mr. Holmes was a son of the late Whirley Clark Holmes and Addie Barnes Holmes.
He was a graduate of Central High School in Charlotte and Pacific States University, Los Angeles, Calif., and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having joined at the age of 17.
He was a supervisor of Bio-Medical Engineering at the VA Hospital, Wadsworth Division in Los Angeles, Calif.
Whirley was a member of Rockwell United Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee, a member of Rockwell Civitan Club, American Legion Rockwell Post 112 and Rockwell Senior Citizens Club.
The Rockwell Civitan Club will be seated as a group at the service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances "Fran" Ferguson Holmes, in 1997; and sisters Esther Holmes Drew and Pauline Holmes White.
Survivors include his son, Hugh Clark Holmes and wife Julie of Eugene, Ore.; brothers Hubert Holmes of Charlotte, George Holmes of Seffner, Fla., and Vester Holmes of Cerritos, Calif.; one grandchild, Matthew Holmes; special friend Brownie Stirewalt; and friends Steve and Karen Stirewalt and Gary and Carolyn Freeman.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rockwell United Methodist Church.
Service: Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Rockwell United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Warren Miller, pastor. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, Concord, with Military Graveside Rites by the NC National Guard and Rowan County Honor Guard.
Memorials: May be made to Rockwell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 337, Rockwell, NC 28138.
Online condolences can be made to the Holmes family at www.powlesfuneralhome.com. Powles Funeral Home, the honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Holmes family.
Powles Funeral Home, Inc.
913 West Main Street Rockwell, NC 28138
Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 29, 2014