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William Arthur HolmesObit Arthur, William 040314 ER

William Arthur “Bill” Holmes, 57, left this world suddenly to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 near Mannford, Okla.  He was born on Nov. 12, 1956 to William H. and Mary (Cash) Holmes in Upper Darby, Penn.  He graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1974 having helped lead the football team to a state championship.  He played basketball, ran hurdles in track and was a good student. He attended the University of Maine, Orono where he played football.  He was employed as the lumber manager at Mill Creek Lumber Company, Tulsa, Okla.

Bill was a loving and gentle man who was happiest when spending time with family and friends.  Bill was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a great woodworker and could build anything. A voracious reader, he knew something about every subject and loved a good story. Bill was a faithful and loyal man, who could always be counted on; he got up and went to work every day, whether he was tired or sick and like clockwork came through the door every night.  He loved his family so very much and wished that he was able to see them more often.  He was greatly loved and will be truly missed.

Bill leaves behind his wife, Darla Holmes, two sons, Brian Holmes, Milton, Vt., Hunter Holmes, Kellyville, Okla, stepson Devon (Elizabeth) Arrendondo, Fayetteville, Ariz, two daughters, Mallory (Ben) Burritt, Jericho, Vt. and Sierra Holmes, Tulsa, Okla.  He is also survived by his older sister Josa (Bob) Mauzy, Streator, Ill. and brother Russell (Kathy) Holmes, Essex Junction, Vt. and several nieces and nephews. Most of all his dear mother, Mary Holmes, Essex Junction, Vt. and his only grandchild Anne Shirley Burritt, Jericho, Vt..

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 21 at the Blue Bell Freewill Baptist Church in Kellyville, Okla.  Garry Kelly’s Add’Vantage Funeral Service, 9761 East 31st Street, Tulsa, OK 74146 was in charge of arrangements.  Cards can be sent to the family at: Holmes Family, 25241 W 151st Street S, Kellyville, OK 74039.