Walter Donnell Holmes, 86, was born April 16, 1935 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Walter departed this life on November 16, 2021, at Transitions Healthcare, Irwin, PA.
He was the beloved son of the late Aaron Holmes and Theodoshia (Mitchell) Everette.
In his early twenties, Walter served in the United States Army as a paratrooper. He married Paralee Cunningham and to this union four children were birthed.
Walter loved to travel, he was part of the Traveling Kings and Queens, Jolly 5 Campers and National African American RVers Association.
Walter was a longtime member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. His life was an example of Matthew 25:21 “Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” Walter was a Deacon. He was on Noah’s Ark Board of Directors. He also served as Youth Church Leader and sung with the Gospel Choir.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Juan D. Holmes, daughter Tonya Holmes.
Left to cherish his memories are his survived by his wife, Paralee; daughter, Traci N. Holmes of East McKeesport; son, Edward B. (Cynthia) Holmes; grandson, Matthew Donnell Holmes; three great-grandchildren, Kemori Holmes, Blaise Holmes, Kingston Holmes; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Originally published November 22, 2021.