Thomas L. Holmes
Thomas L. Holmes, 49, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005. Born
in 1955 to Harlan T. and Mary E. Holmes, he grew up in Little Rock and was a
graduate of Hall High School, where he was selected as an exchange student to
Germany through the AFS Intercultural Program. He then studied at The George
Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Columbia University in New York; the
American University Center in Aix-en-Provence, France; and Louisiana State
University in Baton Rouge. He received his undergraduate degree from Arkansas'
Hendrix College, and a Master's degree from Louisiana State University.
A published writer, accomplished businessman and
entrepreneur, he worked in the Washington, D.C., offices of Senator J. William
Fulbright and Senator John McClellan. He moved from the political world to the
private sector where he worked in banking, energy, food service and other
fields. In his last years, he owned his own business in the bed-and-breakfast
hospitality industry in New Orleans, where he lived for more than 20 years. He
was also a personal fitness trainer.
He enjoyed a number of hobbies and interests, especially
traveling, including more than a dozen international tours and a 30-day trip
around the world. He was a life-long Methodist, and the grandson of a United
Methodist minister. He will always be remembered for his love of family,
friendship, humor, caring and zest for life.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holmes of Little
Rock; a sister, Ann Holmes Razer of Springfield, Missouri; brother, David H.
Holmes of Little Rock; and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
A memorial service will be held at Pulaski Heights United
Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Avenue in Little Rock, Friday, May 6, 2005, at
11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United
Methodist Church, or the charity of the donor's choice.
I remember Tom from our undergraduate days at George Washington University. I found him to be a thoughtful, considerate and gracious individual. He had a great sense of fun and spirit of adventure. I'm sorry he's passed away and wish to express my condolences to his family. I'm sure I'm one of many who shall have memories of Tom for a life time. God Bless. Tom knew me as John or Jonnie, but I go by my first name now, Steve.
Steve F. Radow