, Muskogee, OK

August 25, 2013

Eddie Joe Holmes

1968 - 2013

— Ft. Gibson, OK - Funeral services for Eddie Joe Holmes will be held on Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Dale Carey officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 from Noon until 6:00 PM. Burial will take place at Barber Cemetery in Cherokee County, OK. Condolences for the family may be left at

Pallbearers for Eddie include Big Joe Drywater, Rick Barnoski, Matt Lacey, Cory Accord, David Accord, and Patrick Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers include J.B. Holmes, Larry Holmes, Chad Monday, and Jim Holmes.

Eddie Joe Holmes was born on June 12th, 1968 in Tahlequah, OK, the son of Jack Pidgeon Holmes and Dollie (Drywater) Salyer. He was welcomed into the home and grew up with two brothers and four sisters. Eddie was a “Business Man”, as he aptly called himself. He made it his business to work at Accord Property as a sanitation technician and assisting the landlord with various duties. There were always stray cats to catch or someone needing help, and Eddie was your man. Eddie simply loved people, all people; often giving everyone he met a unique nickname. He would go the extra mile to help or just to see you smile. He possessed a great sense of humor and loved to joke around. His best moments in life were spent with his family. In his spare time he could be found at a garage sale, playing cards, or meeting up with friends at the casino. He was attached to the phone and you would often hear his voice several times a day just wanting to know, “Who’s all there.” His best moments in life were spent with his family His health began to fail him and Eddie went to his eternal rest on August 20th, 2013 in Muskogee, OK with his companion June and his family by his side. Eddie was 45 years old. The sparkle in his eye, the scent of his cologne, and that wonderful laugh will be greatly missed by those close to him.

Eddie is preceded in death by parents, his grandparents Wilson and Narcie Holmes and Dave and Jennie Drywater, and one sister, Tonya Martin.

Those left to cherish his memory include two brothers, TSgt Jack Holmes Jr. and wife Amy of Clovis, NM, Michael Holmes and wife Jami of Muskogee, OK, and four sisters, Teresa Byfield of Ft. Gibson, Angel Galvan and husband Richard of Ft. Gibson, Kristi Holmes and companion Chris Overbey of Owasso, OK, and Connie Todd and husband Henry of Ft. Gibson. His nieces and nephews, whom he adored, include, Ashley Byfield, Hayleigh Galvan, Brooklynn, Holly, Autumn, and Lexi Holmes, Tiffany Lacey, Nicholas Haas, Jordan Galvan Dakota, Tyler, Ethan, and Jaxson Holmes. His five greats include Aiden and Jaye Barnoski, Mark, Krista, and Haylee McDaniel. He leaves his true love of 16 years, June Boots, of Muskogee OK, his Step Mother Linda Holmes, of Fort Gibson, as well as a host of friends, family, and loved ones.