Carol B. Holmes

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    - Betty Bailey
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    - Katherine Jenkins
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    - Deborah Wood Rutter
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Carol B. Holmes
Myrtle Beach
The Rev. Carol B. Holmes, who served at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach and The Church of the Resurrection in Surfside Beach, died of cancer March 3 at Agape Post Acute Care Center in Conway, following many years of serious medical conditions. She was 73.
Carol Bahlke Holmes was born April 14, 1940, the daughter of Elizabeth Virginia Staub and Charles Fiske Bahlke, both of Baltimore. She was raised in Ridgewood, NJ and graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1958 and Hood College in 1962.
While teaching for several years at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA, she obtained a masters degree in education from Old Dominion University in 1981. Throughout her life, Rev. Holmes, an avid reader and trained reading specialist, devoted time to tutoring young people in reading.
In her forties, she attended Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1987 and then being ordained an Episcopal priest. She served as chaplain at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia. She spent much of her time participating in various Bible study groups.
In 2002, Rev. Holmes moved to Myrtle Beach where her sister regularly spent time.
She is survived by two sons, Todd Clayton Holmes of Holly Springs, NC and Steven Marshall Holmes of Huntsville, NC.; an adopted daughter, Sarah "Crystal" Scott of Parksley, VA.; a sister, Susan B. Robertson of Oakton, VA.; three grandsons, Nicholas, Maverick, and Jonathan; three granddaughters, Heather, Lauren, and, Cassidy; and one great grandson, Bruce.
Her entire life was devoted to serving God and other people. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, March 7, 2014 at Trinity Church of Myrtle Beach with Reverend Iain Boyd officiating. A committal service will follow at The Church of the Resurrection Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Church 3000 N. Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
An online guestbook is available at
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


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Published in The Sun News on Mar. 5, 2014