Willie (Buddy) Holmes was born in Fayetteville North Carolina to the late Lloyd Holmes and Ora Lee Wilson. He graduated from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville N.C. Willie went on to study at Howard and George Washington Universities, before enlisting in the United States Air Force. After 9 years in the Air Force and obtaining his B.S. degree in Management he was accepted to Officers Training School. He obtained his MBA from Golden Gate University and attended Air Command and Staff College. Willie was awarded numerous Decorations, Medals, Badges, and Citations. While stationed in England he met his wife Cheryl. They married in 1971 in her home of Bermuda. From this union they had their loving son Lamont (Junior). Most of their military career was spent in Europe where they visited many different countries. His favorite passion was Astronomy and looking through his telescope that his son bought him years ago. He also had a strong love of reading. And most important was the bond he shared with his son and their love for their favorite football team the Washington Redskins. He leaves to cherish precious memories his wife of 49 years, Cheryl, son Lamont (Junior), special cousin Lois Brown (Billy), Brothers in law Gene C. Blue, Sheldon C. Smith, nephews Duon Blue (Debbie), Deon Blue, and Sheldon Smith Jr., and nieces Dalyn Blue-McLaurin (Charles), Nicole and Nadine Smith. And a host of cousins, great nephews, nieces and special friends.
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