Ray Holmes
1948 - 2019
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Ray Holmes, 70, of Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, after a long battle with colon cancer.

Born Sept. 9,1948, in Columbia, Miss., he was the son of the late Mary Bullock.

Ray was a graduate of Jefferson High School, Class of '68, Columbia, Miss., and Jackson State, Class of '72, Jackson, Miss. Prior to retirement, Ray worked for UGI as a heavy equipment operator for 30 years.

Ray enjoyed watching sports, especially the New York Jets, Westerns, ESPN and music. He could cite just about every Superbowl played and it's winners. Ray loved taking care of his family, cooking his famous gumbo and giving history lessons.

Ray was preceded in death by mother, Mary Bullock; grandparents, Edgie and Ivory Alderman, Mississippi; uncle, Laverne Mark, Mississippi; and brother-in-law, Curtis Branch.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 46 years, Louise Holmes; daughter, Felicia Holmes; son, Ray Holmes Jr.; stepdaughters, Diane Harris and Sherry Ann Freeman; grandchildren, Joshua Goodwin, Aahliya, Ronnie, Shaquana, Javoris, Santoria, Dominique, Tannesha, Dasia, Daquesha, Deonate, and Jabar; brother, Kenneth Mark; sister, Carolyn Branch; niece, Gabrielle Branch; nephew Duval Branch; niece, Deandra Mark; nephew, Brandon Krout; nephew, Ondrell Reddittand; a host of great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

Ray's entire family is grateful for the care provided by healthcare professionals, friends and family during these tough times.

A celebration of Ray's life will begin with visitation at 3 p.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral service from 4 to 6 p.m. at McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. His burial in Maple Hill Cemetery will be private.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made at McLaughlin's.

Memories and condolences may be shared with Ray's family at www.celebratehislife.com.
Published by Citizens Voice on Jun. 17, 2019.
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McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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To Ray's family and friends, please take comfort in each other during this sad time. My deepest sympathies go out to you all.
June 21, 2019
To the extended family of Ray Holmes I send my utmost deepest condolence on his passing. May you find solace in knowing you will see him again when we all get to Heaven and what a day of rejoicing it will be. Until then, keep the faith and remain strong.
Doreese Wade & Family
June 18, 2019
With our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Our prayers are with the entire family. With love,
Willie and Carol Golden and family
Carol Golden
June 17, 2019
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