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Gene W. Holmes "Jackie", age 85 of Niceville, Fl. passed away in a local nursing home in Crestview, Fl. He was born on Sept. 8, 1930, in Niceville, FL. to William H. and Ethel M. Holmes. Gene lived his entire life in the local area. He was Protestant by faith. For over 42 years he honorably served his community as a Volunteer Fireman. Friends would often comment that Gene was always the first to arrive at the scene even though it was usually by foot. He took great pleasure in just walking. If you ever noticed a grey headed man with a walker walking on Redwood Ave, that was this man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: A Baby Michael, William "Toby" Holmes, Charles Clarence Holmes, Donnie Ray Holmes, Sister; Martha Estelle Clemmons, and other Aunts and Uncles.
Survivors include two sisters; Linda Howard of Niceville, and Judy (Skip) Sell of Indiana, Brother; Richard Holmes of Fort Walton Beach, Fl. Nieces; Cassy Smith, Brenda Dupont, Becky Keene, Deana Sell, Nephews; Jackie Howard, Ricky Sell, Matthew Dupont, and other Great & Great Great Nephews & Nieces and one Great Great Great nephew Grayson.
The family will receive friends at a visitation on Wed. Feb. 10, 2016, from 1-3 P.M. at the McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Niceville, Fl. Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with family friend Rev. Tony McCullough officiating. Following Services Burial will be in Early Cemetery, Niceville, FL.
A special thanks to the staff and nurses at Shoal Creek Rehab and Dr. Foley.