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Terry Lee Holmes, Sr.
Terry Lee Holmes, Sr. transitioned on Thursday January 6, 2022 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Norfolk, Virginia
Terry Lee Holmes, Sr. was born October 19, 1947 to Willie Holmes, Sr. and Theresa Paul in Alexandria, Louisiana.
He was united in marriage to Audrey Faye Simon, and would have celebrated 54 years of marriage on January 20th, 2022, with the love of his life.
Terry accepted his walk with Christ back in October 1994 via his love, Audrey. He began attending church at New Light Baptist Church and later, during his spiritual journey, he transitioned to First Baptist Church of Norfolk.
Terry started his educational journey at Jonas Henderson High school and went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Education from Regent University.
He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1968 until 1984, obtaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer before being honorably discharged from service. Upon leaving the military, his desire and love to serve others led him to the noble profession of education.
Terry taught welding at Norfolk Technical Center for many years and went on to further enhance his service career by becoming a highly respected principal at Granby High Evening School until retirement. He had love and passion for his students. He had many accomplishments throughout his career, being the first person of color to be named VICA Advisor for the state of Virginia as well as winning three School Bell Awards.
He loved his family and spent much of his time as a wise counsel to them. He was known for his wholesome humor and amazing capacity for love and kindness.
On January 6th, 2022, at the age of 74, God called Terry from this earthly home to reside in the mansion that his Heavenly Father prepared for him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Holmes and Theresa Paul, as well as his brother Alfred. He was survived by his spouse, Audrey Holmes, his daughter, Tracy Lamb (Courtney), and his two sons Terry Holmes, Jr. (Tara) and Terel Holmes (Jackie). He is also survived by his grandchildren Treci, Kasiara (Jacob), Liliana and Madison as well as his three brothers Willie (Naomi), Kenneth (Millie), David and two sisters Ruthy, and Patricia Smith (Eddie).
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Mr.Holmes was far and away the best teacher I had in high school. I was in his welding class for two years and he was much more than a teacher. He knew I came from a broken home and he mentored me, while pushing me to do my best. He looked out for me many times, and always was reasonable, not just going by policy or the book, but using opportunities to teach life skills and making me a better person. He pushed me to get in at the shipyard, a job I ended up getting in no small part because of him. I had wished my family could have met him, and after all these years, he will truly be missed by many people whos lives are better because of him.
Charles Jarvis May 22 2022 12:34 AM
Condolence for the Family and may my Dear Buddy, Terry Lee "Rest In Piece". I am going to miss your My Friend forever. I know you are in a better place I wish I could have gave you one more big hug. I never had the chance to tell you but Gwynn my dear wife died on April 14, 2021. I know you and her will have a lot to catch up with in Heaven. Love you Buddy please give Gwynn a hug for me.
Nathan A. Bourg Feb 9 2022 2:43 PM
I couldn't be there for my grandfather but I wanted to take the time to say something in his honor.
My grandfather is gone. This is something that makes me sad. I've dealt with death before. I know that the pain doesn't stop. It just gets easier as time goes on. In a way, that makes me sad as well. When someone dies, especially someone as great and impactful as my grandfather, it doesn't feel appropriate to ever be okay with that. How is it right to be okay with the loss of a man that created a home and life for his family? That loved and provided and persevered through often heartbreaking hardship? Who used his time to inspire people, to make himself and those around him better people? How can it ever be acceptable to accept that loss? It is nothing short of a tragedy. But tragedies happen and, despite them, we move forward. Moving on does not mean to forget. They say that a man dies twice. Once when he leaves this world, and once again when he is forgotten. I am only one person but, in not being able to stop the passage of time and its effects, I will try to do the next best thing. I will remember my grandfather and I will pass on that memory. I want to pass on the memory of him always trying to rile me up as a young child, just for the fun of it. The memory of him sharing his special snacks with me, like a little secret. Of playing our favorite song and encouraging me to dance and sing. Of letting me know how beautiful and smart I am every time he saw me or heard my voice. I want to share how he was one of my large inspirations and then encouragement into the field of education. How he extended his encouragement to all my interests like cooking, horses, and music. I want to share and pass on the positivity and generosity he always gave to me. And most of all, I want to remember that he was not perfect. No person is without flaw and that is what makes us human. My grandfather represented some of the best of humanity despite and sometimes even because of his flaws. He was stubborn and bullish. Sometimes he was loud and intimidating. He'd call himself civil war and he was. Right up until the end. It will never feel like enough to say "he was a good man", despite its truth. I will say it and pass it on though, along with all of my memories of him, in hopes that more generations after me will keep him alive in their own memory. Thank you, Grandfather, for all you were in my life and the lives of others. You were so much more than just a good man.
Kasiara Holmes Jan 15 2022 4:39 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Terry Holmes, Sr.
Trina Jan 15 2022 2:18 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Terry Holmes, Sr.
Rose Brooks Jan 15 2022 12:26 PM
Mr. Holmes was a warm, kind, and helpful man and I'm glad I got to meet him 30 years ago through his child and grandchild. He will be missed and I will keep his memory in my heart.
Mike Wallace Jan 15 2022 11:57 AM
Faye, my heartfelt condolences and prayers I send to you and the entire family. Trusting that God will comfort you all through this time of grief and sorrow as you mourn the earthly loss, yet celebrate the home going of Terry and bask in the precious memories that will forever live in your hearts. Love❤️Hugs 🤗 and Prayers
Denise Paul Jones and family Jan 14 2022 10:43 PM
I am so sad to hear of the passing of my very good friend Terry. I've known Terry for 38 years. He came to work at Norfolk Technical Vocational Center 6 months after I started and we became fast friends. He was a kind, professional, caring, fun loving person with a BIG heart. He always had a positive demeanor. He was a listening ear when I needed to talk and I was his "nurse" when he needed one, racing to his classroom when he didn't feel well. Those of us that knew him at NTVC remember his famous line "I could fix anything except a broken heart and the crack of dawn." I loved that. I was sad when he left NTVC but knew he was continuing his journey to bigger and better things and to share his knowledge and caring with those that he could help in their journey. Rest in heaven my friend. You will surely be missed!!!!
Patricia Moore Jan 14 2022 6:09 PM
Rest In Peace Mr.Holmes you will be missed. Love listening to your stories when I stopped in. A man whom treasured his wife and family. A very intelligent and smart man of God. Rest in heavenly peace.
Lisa Conaway Jan 14 2022 3:29 PM
My family met the Holmes Family at New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church. I told Audrey and Terry that we were cousins because my Grandmother's maiden name was Holmes. (That was never confirmed.} They were beautiful couple who showed love for God and each other. Our Sunday School class was a good place to see love in action. Terry was certainly a voice of reason and wisdom. He will be missed.
We must trust God. He will bring us through this.
Betty A. Murray Jan 14 2022 1:53 PM