Mrs. Arnessa Wilson Holmes was born on May 11, 1933, in Grenada. She was the youngest child of the late Thomas Edward Wilson Sr. and the late Luvenda Beck Wilson, who passed when Arnessa was 2-years-old. After several years, her father married the late Ruth Stover Wilson. No children were born to this union. Arnessa was the last surviving sibling of the Wilson Clan and was preceded in death by Antonia, Leona, George, Selma, Thomas Jr., Lela, Juanita and Theota. She departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
Mrs. Holmes gave her life to Christ at an early age at Greater Powell Chapel AME Church. In 1945, while participating on the Redgrass Elementary School’s Spelling Bee team, she met the late Casey Holmes Jr. who was “so impressed by her scholastic ability,” he introduced himself to her and after years of “courting,” they married on Jan. 14,1950. Arnessa and Casey settled in Grenada and later moved to Detroit, Mich., where Casey accepted his call into the ministry. A devoted pas-tor’s wife, as God led her husband, she followed his lead as he was called to service at churches in Water Valley, Laurel, Columbia and finally, Atlanta, Ga., where he pastored for 35 years.
Mrs. Holmes lost the love of her life on Nov. 1, 2013, when the Lord called Casey home. Follow-ing his death, she returned to Mississippi and resided in Pascagoula and made her last move to Hattiesburg where she resided until her death. Her passion for travelling to visit family and friends took her to Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and interna-tionally to Austria, Bahrain, France and Germany.
Mrs. Holmes was an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, a magician in the kitchen, a Bible scholar, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher and she served in various roles in church auxil-iaries where her husband pastored. She was employed in sales and customer service positions and retired from the Baptist Book Store in Forest Park, Ga.
A devoted wife of 63 years, a loving mother, confidant, advisor and friend to many, her husband, her parents, her siblings, a daughter, the Honorable Judge Sheila Jackson-Osgood, and two grand-sons, Christopher Holmes and Gregory Jackson Jr., preceded Mrs. Holmes in death.
Survivors include, her children, Annette Sowell of Hattiesburg, Maurice Holmes of Frankfurt, Germany, Gwendolyn (Billy) Mason of Hattiesburg, Monshea Burrow of Pascagoula, Kimberly (Andre) Evans of Fayetteville, Ga., and Casey Holmes III of Atlanta, Ga.; 21 grandchildren; 61 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Hilda Jefferson of Grenada and Jessica Booth of Los Angeles, Calif.; a lifetime friend and confidant, Mrs. Lecola Magee and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, surrogate children and friends.