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Jimmy Frank Holmes, age 80

Jimmy Frank Holmes, 80, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed Saturday, December 18, 2021. Born May 2, 1941 in Kilgore Texas, to the late Ina Edith Osborne and Clyde Frank Holmes.

He graduated in 1959 from Kilgore High School and received further education from a plethora of institutions, working throughout his life as an educator and researcher. He was a veteran of the Air Force and lived in many places during his life, making friends as he went. He loved serving God; his faith was the very foundation of his life.

He enjoyed fishing, visiting, writing and drawing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Patricia Barber; cherished children, Floyd (Kay) Holmes, Chris (Shanna) Holmes, Nancy (Robert) Bowens, Denise (Shaun) Sandford; 12 precious grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; Uncle Jack Osborne and many nieces, nephews and cousins who were greatly loved.

Celebration of Life will be held on December 27, 2021 at 1:00pm at Whispering Pines Community Center located at 1200 West Pine Street, Benton, Arkansas, 72015.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Bonnie and Archie Cameron Posted December 21, 2021 5:09 AM

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Jimmy’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We enjoyed getting to know him when y’all visited NW Minnesota. We will be thinking of you with love in the days ahead.

  • Mike and Ronda Rosamond Posted December 21, 2021 9:54 AM

    It has been our pleasure to know Jim and have him in our meeting. He was a loving, faithful friend. He will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends.

  • Byron and Debi Potter Posted December 21, 2021 3:02 PM

    We enjoyed some really good visits with Jim and Pat in earlier days when we lived in Dallas. Always sorry to see a “good one” depart the family on earth but glad to know he will be received by the rest of his family in heaven. One day we will all be one! Our deepest sympathy to you, Pat, and your children.

  • Dan Oakes Posted December 21, 2021 5:20 PM

    It has many years since I have had the privilege of visiting with Jim but I have so many good memories of time spent with Jim when I was younger and going to college at A&M. Loved to hear hear Jim give his testimony and was encouraged as I saw that testimony lived out before me.

  • Karen Rogers Posted December 21, 2021 9:40 PM

    Remember our days together in meeting in Klamath Falls Oregon! At Norma Layman’s home! We appreciated you folks there is so much! I lost my dear husband Mel in February 2019. My sincere condolences Pat and family.

  • Karen Rogers Posted December 21, 2021 9:42 PM

    Remember our days together in meeting in Klamath Falls Oregon! At Norma Layman’s home! We appreciated you folks there so much! I lost my dear husband Mel in February 2019. My sincere condolences Pat and family.

  • Karen Rogers Posted December 21, 2021 9:43 PM

    Remember our days together in meeting in Klamath Falls Oregon! At Norma Layman’s home! My sincere condolences to you Pat and your family.

  • Bonnie (Baker,) Creech Posted December 22, 2021 8:24 PM

    We are so saddened to hear of our dear friend, Jimmy, passing on as we will.miss very very much!! Special condolences and sincere sympathy to Pat, and all the family!! We enjoyed so much visiting with him and Pat and enjoyed them in our meetings when they lived in East Texas..But we know he went to the rewards of what he lived for every day while being here…We hope to attend his Memorial Service. Bonnie, Laine and family

  • Darren Quick Posted December 23, 2021 12:48 AM

    Jim Holmes… During my years at Texas A&M I spent many weekends with Jim (and Pat) and those were some of the best formative years of my life. Jim had an open home to all and we filled that home with laughter and fellowship. We had some amazing Bible studies and deep discussions that are still with me today. I am so appreciative of his example and advice all those many years ago. We lost a pillar with his passing but its Heavens gain. Pat, hugs from us in Texas.

  • Laine Creech Posted December 23, 2021 12:00 PM

    We are very sad to hear about the passing of our friend, Jim Holmes. We have very special memories of our fellowship together with Jim and Pat. Jim had a very helpful and encouraging testimony in our fellowship meetings. We know that he had a deep and abiding faith. Sure will miss him.

  • David Eastman Posted December 23, 2021 2:08 PM

    I count myself extremely blessed to have had the best friends in the world! I count Jim, Pat and the whole family as part of those wonderful blessings in my life I am so thankful today that I was able to call them my friends for so many years. I am so very sorry for your loss but know he is going to such a better place for sure!

  • Warner, Crystal, Tucker & Katie Posted December 24, 2021 8:37 PM

    Sad to hear of the loss of a special friend! We will be praying for you Pat (&family) Thankful that Jim is in a better place! Thankful for our time & special memories with y’all in east Texas!

  • Ester Easter Posted December 25, 2021 2:13 PM

    He was such a special man. I loved visiting with him and his lovely wife. Mr. Jimmy I will miss talking to you. God bless you and I will say a special prayer for your wife.

  • Alesia (Lange) Johnson Posted December 26, 2021 7:08 PM

    Uncle Jimmy was a one of a kind. I’m sad to hear about him passing. I am thankful I got to be around him all these years. The last time I saw him, he was telling us all about the adventures from his life and childhood. I’m so glad we got that time. Hugs and love to Aunt Pat and everyone whom he loved. Love you guys.

  • Rusty Bramer Posted December 27, 2021 12:31 PM

    Jim was a great friend and we will truly miss him his gentleness, and his love for others.

  • Gordon Schenck Posted January 6, 2022 3:37 PM

    He left me with many fond memories.
    Condolences to Pat, Nancy, and Denise, and all others whom I have not met.

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