Family remembers fallen Mid-South soldier

By Chip Washington - bio | email

PANOLA COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - The family of a Mid-South soldier killed in Afghanistan said they want everyone to know just how brave he was.

Sgt. David Holmes was a soldier, father and true family man.  On June 26, he became the fourth soldier killed in action from Panola County.

Tina Holmes remembered her brother as someone who loved his family unconditionally and never wanted them to worry about his safety while at war.

"He never got into detail about what he was doing, even though he was in the bad part," Holmes said.  "Because we were close knit and we would worry."

Sgt. Holmes, who family and friends called "Maine," wanted to serve his country from an early age.  His mother said he was firm in his decision.

"That's what he always wanted to do," she said.  "He told me when he first got out of school, 'Mama, I know what I'm going to do.'  I said, 'what?'  He said, 'I want to go to the Marines.'"

Last week, a military funeral was held in Georgia where Sgt. Holmes lived with his wife and two children.  His mother said he would call frequently and that was something she will miss very much.

"I'm going to miss him calling," she said.  "He would call me twice a week, every week.  So I'm going to miss that."

Tina Holmes said family devotion was always first, especially for her brother.

"The death of our sister brought us together," she said, "because we would never get off the phone without telling one another we love you."

Sgt. Holmes was 34 at the time of his death.  There will be a memorial service Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Batesville Junior High School Auditorium for his family and friends.

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