Ronald E. Holmes, “Ronnie” as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, was born October 10, 1945 to the late Otis and Maggie Brown Holmes in Ridgely, Maryland. On May 1, 2022, he answered the call to be with the Lord with his family by his side. His quiet, gentle spirit will be missed by all.
On June 30, 1984, Ronnie was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Delores Holmes. Together their blended families consisted of 1 daughter, Crystal and 2 sons Evan and William. After her passing, he continued to maintain a good quality of life in Dover, DE until his health declined and he later transitioned to Peak Healthcare in Denton, MD.
Ronnie was educated in the Caroline County School System and attended Lockerman High School. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding and unloading trucks for Barry Fox Trucking with his buddies Mr. Randolph Brown and Mr. Clayon Wicks.
In 1968 he was employed by Kraft General Foods in Dover, Delaware with over 30 years of service. After retirement, Ronnie loved his weekly excursions to Denton, Maryland visiting his sister Joyce and brother-in-law Tom. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Ryan and Madison. When he could no longer drive, he blessed Ryan with his first car. Madison had a way of bringing out the best in him and he would light up whenever she was in his presence. He also shared a special bond with his niece Sherita and nephew Tony. He and Sherita would fuss (most of the time over nothing) until he knew he was fighting a losing battle. He and Tony shared a love for his 1969 White Chevy Camaro Super Sport SS; a bond that will never be broken.
Ronnie was an avid baseball player and played second base for the Denton Tigers. He and friend, the late Milford Brown, were known as Caroline County’s finest. His legacy and love for baseball was passed down two generations. Evan played until the age of 17 and Ryan played until the age of 13.
Ronnie leaves to cherish his memory, his son Evan Holmes (Vonda); grandchildren, Ryan and Madison Holmes; stepchildren Crystal Morris and William Smith; sister Joyce Coursey (Thomas); two special nieces Shirley Cottom (John) and Sherita Cottom; two special nephews Anton “Tony” Coursey, Sr. (Marcel) and Carlton “Pickle” Holmes; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Maggie Holmes; his wife, Delores Holmes; four sisters: Violice Stanford, Gladys Holmes, Marilyn Nichols, Mildred Holmes; three brothers: Alvin Holmes, William Holmes, Sr., and Gilbert Holmes.