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Dr. Williams Holmes Obituary – Times Record

Dr. Williams Holmes

On the morning of May 17, 2022, Dr. Williams C. “WC” Holmes Jr. of Fort Smith, AR died at age 92. Williams was born to Dr. Williams C. Sr. and Mary Philomene Holmes in 1929 in Mobile, AL. He grew up in Foley, AL and later attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Boarding School for Boys in Bay St. Louis, MS. While in Bay St Louis, he met the love of his life, Rose Mary Dick. Williams and Rose Mary were married in 1950 at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis. Williams studied medicine at the University of Alabama. He served two years in the United States Air Force at Sheppard ABF in Wichita Falls, TX, performing surgery during his term of service. Williams and Rose Mary moved their family to Fort Smith in 1964 when he joined the Cooper Clinic Medical Group. He was a general surgeon at Cooper Clinic and retired from St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center in 1996.

While at Fort Smith, Williams was a proponent of education and the arts, and at one time served as president of the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra. In retirement, Williams enjoyed sailing the Atlantic Ocean solo, with friends and family, and as a charter captain. He was an avid classical music listener and college football fan. He was a devout Catholic and attended Mass at the Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith, AR, where he also served as a Eucharistic minister. Williams volunteered at the Golden Rule Clothes Closet and supported higher education through the Girls, Inc. Senior Life Scholarship Program.

Williams is predeceased by both of his parents, Williams and Philomène, his wife Rose Mary and his daughter Amy Schluterman. He is survived by two brothers, James S. Holmes of Slidell, LA and Broox G. Holmes of Mobile, AL; three children, Sibley Holmes-Pennington of Fort Smith, Mark Holmes of Abita Springs, LA, David Holmes of Fort Smith; 6 grandchildren, Desiree Williamson (Anthony), Heather Tarrant (Andy), Clayton Holmes, Zachary Schluterman, Dustin Pennington (Renee), Leila Chavez (James); 4 great-grandchildren; Hadlie Schluterman, Kailyn Tarrant, Felix Williamson, Grace Lipham; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for friends and family will be Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Edward’s Funeral Home, 201 N 12th St, Fort Smith, AR, followed by the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 22 N. 13th St., Fort Smith, AR, followed by a funeral procession and interment at Calvary Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Immaculate Conception.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dr. WC Holmes Jr. may be made to Girls Inc. of Fort Smith, Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs, Community School of the Arts or any organization benefiting youth in the arts and education .

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Posted May 22, 2022

Posted in Southwest Times Record