Funeral service to celebrate the life of Reverend Douglas “Doug” Holmes, 62, will be held at 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Grace Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends at Richardson Hall following the service.
The Reverend Douglas (Doug) Holmes, resident of Camden, SC and former Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Camden, died at the age of 62 after a long illness while in New York with his wife to be near their children who attend college there. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalms 116:15. The youngest of three children, The Rev’d Holmes was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Serving in the ministry for over 25 years before his retirement, he pastored churches in California, New York and North Carolina prior to coming to Camden. He first served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Agoura/Westlake Village, CA, and then assisted at All Saints-by-the-Sea in Santa Barbara, CA before being called as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cornwall, NY. He then assisted at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, “the other USC,” as he sometimes humorously referred to it in Camden. He received a Master of Divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary in New York City where he met his wife of thirty years, Francine, just before starting as Vicar in Agoura/Westlake. He enjoyed telling jokes, often including them in his sermons. He especially loved puns. He would enjoy saying he had a “pro-pun-sity” for it. He was also known and loved for his pastoral abilities which came from his love of people and of God. His faith in Jesus Christ was nurtured by his education at the Los Angeles Baptist School from first grade through junior high as well as his membership at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, CA where he was baptized, served as an acolyte and Sunday School teacher and co-founded a young adults ministry called “Zoreo”. He was also greatly inspired by a young adults group he attended at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, CA. A crucial part of his personal testimony is the kidney transplant that he received at the Children’s Hospital of LA as a young adult which lasted for an amazing forty-two years until his death. He attributed this healing to the miraculous intervention of God as well as to the compassion and skill of his doctors. He had finished the first draft of a book about this before the time of his death. One of the stories in his book has already been published in the May/June 2015 issue of “Angels on Earth” published by Guideposts Magazine. A full page article with photograph about The Rev’d Holmes and his ministry at Grace Church appeared in The Camden Chronicle several years ago.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by their two children, Carin and Joseph, Veronica, his mother-in-law, his brother Gordon, his first cousins, Leigh and Mark, and their father, his Uncle Bill, plus his niece, Aly, and nephew, Harry and their mother, Kari, in addition to numerous second cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Karen, his father, Harry, his mother, Alice and his Aunt Sally.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Holmes family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.