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Harold Holmes, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on the evening of October 6, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Hartselle. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.
Mr. Holmes was born March 21, 1924, in Falkville to William Clifford Holmes and Mabel Francis Holmes. He was married to Alice Ferguson Holmes for 52 years.
He is survived by three children, Martha Holmes Smith (Wayne), Anna Rilla Holmes (Akil Rangwalla) and William Francis Storm Holmes (Carolyn); and six grandchildren, Maria Smith Daws, Erin Storm Smith, Vijay Abbas Holmes Rangwalla, William Charles Holmes, Michael James Harold Holmes, Anna Elizabeth Holmes.
Mr. Holmes graduated from Falkville High School in 1942 and attended the University of Alabama. He was an employee of BellSouth for 34 years starting out climbing telephone poles and ending his career in the office. Early in his career he owned the Massey Telephone Company.
His true passion was teaching Adult Literacy. Mr. Holmes was one of the first teachers in the adult education program in Birmingham. He helped countless students achieve a GED and taught English as a second language over the course of 40-plus years. He developed many wonderful friendships through his professional career and hobbies.
Harold loved gardening, good books, good music, good food, good friends, and travel. His trips to Ireland (his ancestors' homeland) and New Zealand (to visit friends) were highlights to his love of adventure. He also was a Telephone Company Pioneer and an avid collector of antique telephones. His interest in the past included significant research into genealogy and local history. He volunteered with the Morgan County Historical Society and the Piney Grove Cemetery Committee.
He was an active member at Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman for many years and later at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Hartselle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 2745, 240 Johnston Street, SE
Decatur, Alabama 35602 http://www.hospiceofthevalley.net/foundation-main/online-donation Parkinson's Disease Foundation http: //www.pdf.org/en/fund_memdon The Literacy Council, 2301 First Avenue North, Suite 102, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 http://www. literacy-council.org/donate now.html, St. Barnabas Memorial Fund, 1450 Sparkman Street SW, Post Office Box 614, Hartselle, Alabama 35640, 256-773-4206.
Published in the Decatur Daily on Oct. 9, 2012