Clarence Holmes

Apr 16th 10:15 am - 10:15 am
US Air Force
Korean War Veteran
MRC - Jeffrey Wike
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Retired Military 

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United States Air Force 

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Korean War Veteran
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Korean War (1950 - 1953)

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Clarence Willard Holmes of Rowlett, TX, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 8, 2019. Clarence was born July 29, 1929, in Bogalusa, LA, and was the oldest child of Clarence Henry Holmes and Thelma Daisy Hawthorn.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 65 years: Ovella Kae (Sweet) Holmes; three children: Debra Kae Halliburton, John Lafayette Holmes and Karen Maxine Hartweck; eight grandchildren: Gary Huggins II, Nathan McBride, Ruben Leos II, Tyra Kelley, Justin Leos, Crystal Korsman, Sarah Pepper and Sydni Holmes; thirteen great-grandchildren: Joshua Huggins, Alex Chaney, Jaxon Huggins, Adam Chaney, Kylan McBride, Kaiden Korsman, Hadley Korsman, Xane McBride, Logan Pepper, Grayson Huggins, Luca Leos, Jace Huggins and Hartlee Leos; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence Henry Holmes and Thelma Daisy Hawthorn; brother: Dudley Holmes; and sisters: Earline Kendrick and Geneva Holston.

Clarence lovingly served in the Air Force, where he met a fellow young patriot and the love of his life, Kae. After his twenty year career in the military, Clarence retired as a Master Sergeant and later earned a second retirement from Motorola Corporation.

Clarence was highly devoted to his family, actively involved in his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s daily lives, sport activities, and academic endeavors. Known as Papaw to many, Clarence was the most kind-hearted man, supportive to no end, treated everyone with respect and shared the best stories over a never-ending pot of coffee. Clarence “Papaw” will be deeply missed by his family and friends who will cherish every great memory.

Friends are invited to meet with the family from 12:00-1:00pm on April 12, 2019, at Reflections at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Location, 2500 State Highway 66 East, Rockwall, TX, 75087. The funeral services will commence at 1:00pm on April 12, 2019, at Reflections at Rest Haven Funeral Home with Chaplain Kevin Moore officiating.

Interment service will be conducted on April 16, 2019, at 11:00am in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas TX, 75211. 

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Jeffrey Wike

(817) 301-4293 



Part 1


Interment Service 

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Staging Time 


Briefing Time


In Position/KSU Time


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Staging Point 

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

Staging Address 

2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy

Dallas, TX 75211

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Part 1 Details 

The family of MSgt Clarence W. Holmes has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to honor his memory and service to our Country by standing a Flag Line at his interment service.

Riders will stage at the DFW National Cemetery Visitor’s Center for a short mission brief. Honor Bikes will be selected and they will move to the appropriate staging lane and prepare for the procession to the committal shelter. The remaining riders will move to the designated committal shelter, set the flags and establish the Flag Line to await the arrival of MSgt Holmes, family and friends. When directed, riders will return the flags to the storage area, have a short debriefing and be dismissed. 





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