Holbert Holmes Jr was born April 20,1934 in Quitaquay, Texas, and was the fourth child of Corene Graves Holmes and Holbert Holmes Sr. He grew up in a Godly home where his daddy was a preacher. Holbert graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Amarillo Texas, where he was a star football player. Carver H S was where the star football player was first called Hobie. Hobie learned his excellent work ethics working as a golf caddy while he was in HS. Holbert joined the US Marines in 1952, saw live action in Korea as a field artillery man and achieved the rank of Corporal. He also served his country in the United States Air Force Reserves for two years. He attended and earned a Bachelor's degree from Pace University in N.Y. City. Holbert worked for AT&T for thirty-three years and retired as Marketing Manager. But, Hobie was always a man of action so he acquired a real estate license and spent years working for Century 21. Holbert was Active in the 1960's Civil Rights Movement and was elected to the office of President of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the NAACP. In his later life He was a member of Emmanue CME Church of Victorville, under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. James Markham. During the 1990's, Holbert and almost the entire Holmes family were members of the COGP Inglewood under the leadership of Bishop Johnny Young. Holbert was preceded in death by his mother and father, three sisters: Reable, Ethel Faye and Alma, Two Brothers: Harold and Joe. **Holbert leaves to mourn his departure: his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 69 years, Elma Jean Lovejoy Holmes and Two faithful and supportive sons: Gregory (Linda) and Gary (Tara). Seven grandchildren: Gary Jr. Jeannie, Dominick, Sydnie, Javani, Brookelynn and Taylor. Seven great grands: Gary III, Naomi, Grace, Jovirea, Honor, Brayden, and Zoey. He will be missed by his brother, Kenneth (Pat) of Los Angeles and four sisters: Evangelist Zelma High of Las Vegas, Rev. Dr. Edee Bishop, Ruby, (John) and Frances all of the High Desert. Holbert leaves a host of Cousins, in-laws, neices, nephews, friends and associates who will miss him greatly. Sleep on Hobie. You have fought a good fight and you have finished your course. Rest in peace until we meet again in God's Kingdom.
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