Ray­mond Lee Miller Holmes

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Ray­mond Holmes was born on Septem­ber 5, 1937 in Lynch­burg, Vir­ginia, where he spent his child­hood years. He passed peace­fully from this world on De­cem­ber 21, 2018. As a young­ster, he was af­fec­tion­ately known by his fam­ily as “Lit­tle Joe”, in trib­ute to the fatherly role his es­teemed Un­cle Joe played in his life. Rec­og­nized early as an in­tel­lec­tu­ally bright child, he was en­cour­aged to pur­sue a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. He grad­u­ated Vale­dic­to­rian of his high school class, and his first col­lege stud­ies were at Vir­ginia State Univer­sity where he be­came a mem­ber of the Al­pha Phi Al­pha Fra­ter­nity. His col­lege stud­ies were in­ter­rupted by mil­i­tary ser­vice in the Army where he spe­cial­ized in mis­sile tech­nol­ogy and from which he was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1964. There­after, he con­tin­ued his col­lege stud­ies and earned a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing in 1971 at The Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity (GWU). In 1997, he earned a Master of Science de­gree in Com­puter Sciences/Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, also at GWU. Ray­mond’s ca­reer in com­puter science man­age­ment had its long­est ten­ure in the Divi­sion of Bank­ing and Reg­u­la­tion, Board of Gov­er­nors, The Fed­eral Re­serve Board, from which he re­tired on March 1, 2004, af­ter 37 years of stel­lar ser­vice.

In his young adult years, Ray­mond mar­ried Mar­garet Gertrude Dou­glas. Born in that union were two daugh­ters – Michelle and our heav­enly daugh­ter, Ray­chelle.

Ray­mond was an avid reader of an­cient his­tory and of the Civil War, he loved Blues mu­sic, and he was a trivia buff. He was also given to ex­press­ing him­self in folksy, South­ern wit­ti­cisms that brought clar­ity and/or hu­mor to a sub­ject mat­ter -- such as “this cof­fee is so strong, it will make you walk straight”, or “you’ve got a few dogs in your ken­nel, too”, or, ob­serv­ing wild life poised at the edge of a la­goon, he would say, “they’re go­ing gro­cery shop­ping”. He was a quiet and peace­ful man who took his spir­i­tual guid­ance and his ori­en­ta­tion to life from Bud­dhism.

Ray­mond and Dorothy Alita Evans mar­ried on June 29, 1985. In their mar­riage of thirty-three years, plus, they en­joyed golf­ing, bik­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, giv­ing din­ner par­ties, at­tend­ing sym­phonic mu­sic con­certs, com­ing home to each other in the evenings for quiet meals shared to­gether, and trav­el­ing, far and wide, in­clud­ing a third trip to Spain in the fall of 2018. In their union, he viewed Dorothy as fire and him­self as a moun­tain. Ray­mond’s life was also rich in ser­vice to oth­ers. While still liv­ing in the Wash­ing­ton DC area, where he resided for nearly fifty years, he vol­un­teered for many of those years with a shel­ter to feed the poor, and he served as As­sis­tant Trea­surer and a mem­ber of the Min­is­te­rial Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee of All Souls Church, Uni­tar­ian. When he and Dorothy moved to Bluffton, SC in 2008, he vol­un­teered in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties with the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton for which he re­ceived an award for his dis­tin­guished ser­vice in 2009. The pre-teens with whom he worked loved him. Quite a few of them con­spired to have him be their golf coach among the three avail­able coaches. When it was time to be as­signed to a coach, the chil­dren were told to count off by threes, with Ray­mond be­ing num­ber three. They would pipe up to the co­or­di­na­tor, “tell us how we can be a num­ber three; we want to work with Mr. Holmes”.

In ad­di­tion to Dorothy Evans Holmes and their daugh­ter, Michelle, Ray­mond is sur­vived by three grand­chil­dren – Vic­tor Robin­son (Anisha), Kristina Robin­son, and Allyson Sumlin (Joel), five great grand­chil­dren, and a host of ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 10:30 a.m., Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019 at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church, 311 E. Har­ris Street, Sa­van­nah, GA 31401.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Hollings Can­cer Cen­ter, Med­i­cal Univer­sity of South Carolina for re­search on ad­vanced prostate can­cer.

Sauls Fu­neral Home of Bluffton is as­sist­ing the fam­ily. www.saulsfh.com

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