Legacy of Rev. Alfred Holmes
REVEREND ALFRED HOLMES
Resolution Mt. Anna Missionary Baptist Church
God in His infinite wisdom has deemed it wise and best to remove from our church and community our beloved pastor, Reverend Alfred Holmes. This is the last tribute of love and respect to Pastor Holmes who passed on to the sweet beyond on February 7, 2007.
He was full of hope and anticipation of the future, but while man proposes, God disposes. He will be missed in the church, in the home, and in the community. We as a church deem it our duty to record our high appreciation of the noble character and excellent qualities of our former pastor.
Reverend Holmes was one of the most respected men we have ever known. Pastor Holmes was very faithful in his support of the Mount Anna Baptist Church members. The youth knew that Pastor would attend every basketball game, every fellowship, every outing, if his schedule permitted him to do so and most of the time, it did. The entire congregation was assured of Pastor’s support of all ministry events, fellowships and trips. Visiting the sick and shut-in members was a given for Pastor Holmes. He shepherded his flock just like the good shepherd he was. We are deeply
saddened by our loss, but at the same time we bow in thankfulness that he is free from the cares of this world and shall ever remain in our memory.
The entire state has lost one of their oldest and most distinguished ministers, that in all his conduct in life, he manifested the highest Christian and honorable character. He was not only an able and faithful pastor, but also an honest man-“the noblest works of God.”
Death has plucked a bright ornament from our midst and we bow in humble submission to the will of Divine Providence in calling to a better, purer, and happier world one who passed amid the storms and contests of life to a ripe age, without any stain or mark of disapprobation upon his professional, moral, and religious character.
That in the death of Pastor Alfred Holmes our community and church has lost a member whose commanding talents, moral excellence, and strict integrity were of a higher order; and that we will cherish a remembrance of his many virtues as a beacon of light in our pathway to life and worthy of our best imitation.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to Mrs. Holmes, Catherine, Annette, Jeanette, Rebecca, and Stephanie and commend them to Him who alone can give the healing balm under such afflictive dispensations. We pray for them, for the loss they feel will not easily be filled.
Reverend Alfred Holmes commenced the practice of ministering in the state of South Carolina at an early day and afterward won for himself a very high esteemed reputation as a pastor. He was placed in many congregations the duties of which he performed as a visionary leader with great satisfaction, and unmatched ability and with a deep commitment to serving. As a social and moral man, few were his equal, but he is gone and we are bereft of his experience, his counsel and his living example.
Let us not soon forget this departed father of the ministry, but let us try to imitate his example in all things, that we too, when God shall summon us before his pulpit, have a record like his, pure and untarnished. The church membership loved Pastor Holmes and will feel a loss every time we gather that will not easily pass. We can only take comfort in knowing he now has a home with the Lord and Savior.
In the spirit of humbleness, Mount Anna Baptist Church
Chairman, Board of Deacons