CB Holmes passed away in Hawthorne on March 20, 2015. He was born on Aug. 11, 1918 in Gallion, La. to Cleveland and Frances Holmes. He married Lula Mae Carroll and started their family and life together in Louisiana. CB moved to Hawthorne in 1943 to provide a better life for his family and went to work at the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot, working for over 33 years and retiring as a railroad supervisor.
CB Holmes was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Hawthorne, serving as a deacon of the church. He was also a 33rd degree Mason and served as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Joshua Grand Lodge. CB and his best friend of 71 years, AC Cook, would, every Sunday visit the local nursing home to pray with the patients. No aspect of his life was more important than that of a faithful Christian.
CB loved to fish, and when his health prevented him from going fishing, he loved to talk about fishing. In fact, he loved to talk about almost anything, so much so that, in his younger days, his nickname was “Radio”.
CB Holmes was preceded in death by his mother and father, two sisters, six brothers, two sons and his beloved wife of 65 years, Lula Mae in 2003. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Clinton Redus of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren: Rhonda Holmes, Suisun City, Calif., Felicia Redus, San Francisco, Calif., and Merdis Robinson and Linda Bertha, both of Bastrop, La.; grandsons: CJ Redus, San Francisco, Calif. and Kevin Holmes, Oakland, Calif.; nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and his devoted friend, AC Cook.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 28 at Bethel Baptist Church in Hawthorne, followed by burial in the Hawthorne Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Gunter’s Funeral Home.