Founding Pastor of Tabenacle Baptist Church is Now with the Lord

holmesDr. Otis Reid Holmes, 89, husband of Elizabeth Horne Holmes, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Barge Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC. He was the founding pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. He planted and pastored Baptist churches in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee. In each pastorate, he maintained a strong soulwinning, evangelistic, Bible-preaching ministry and established several Christian schools.

Born in Fort Deposit, AL, he was the son of the late John Edward and Rebie Garrett Holmes. Dr. Holmes was a retired minister and Director of Church Planting at Bob Jones University and the Gospel Fellowship Association. He was a member of Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Jim Watkins of Hindman, KY, Claudia and Dave Barba of Crossville, TN and Mary Ellen and Drew Conley of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Susan Croshaw, Jennifer Watkins, Stephanie Shaw, Susannah and Jeremiah Barba and Matthew and Andrew Conley; three great grandsons, Zachary, Brendon and Christopher Shaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Hampton Park Baptist Church, Missions Fund, designated for church planting, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Hampton Park Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Monday, November 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

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