William A. Holmes, Jr. Bud, passed away at his home, with his family by his side on May 28, 2012. Born in Corpus Christi to William A. and Joy G. Holmes on October 13, 1945, Bud grew up in Port Arthur. After graduating from high school, he went to work for Gulfport Shipyard. Upon learning he was being drafted into the Army, he took off to Colorado in his canary yellow mustang for a three-month adventure. He served in the Big Red 1st Infantry during the Vietnam War. Bud loved this country and often expressed that one of his greatest honors was to serve his country. During his time of bravery, he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal. After serving his tour of military duty from August 1967 to July 1969, he was employed with Dupont Beaumont Works, retiring after 40 years of service. During this time he earned an associate's degree from Lamar Institute. Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Arlene Firmin. Surviving children are Holly Fernandez and husband, Efrain, Kirk Holmes and wife, Tiffany, Heather Harrington and husband, Elliott. His adored grandchildren are Lacy Holmes, Taylor Holmes, Kaylee Holmes, Colby Boss, and Easton Harrington. He is also survived by his sisters, LaNell DuBose and husband, Kent, Mary Allison; brother, Ira Holmes and wife, Dena along with the mother of his children, Connie Holmes. Visitation was held on Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2012, in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson, with Rev. Dr. Joe Worley, officiating. Military Honors will follow at the funeral home. Interment will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Texas. For those desiring, the family request memorial contributions in Bud's name be made to the
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June 1, 2012