John Holmes (October 08, 1946 - November 12, 2023)

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John Holmes
  • October 08, 1946
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  • November 12, 2023

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John Watson Holmes, beloved brother, uncle and friend died peacefully in his sleep at The Villages Hospice House in The Villages, Florida on November 12, 2023.  He was 77 years old.

Born October 8, 1946, in Detroit Michigan and living in many cities including Paducah, KY, Colorado Springs, CO and Homestead FL, his final resting place will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville Kentucky.  Memorial services will be celebrated near July 4th, 2024.  Details will be released at a later date.

John was a 1967 graduate of Lone Oak High School in Paducah Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky. John was a natural athlete, excelling in most every sport attempted including tennis, scuba diving, snow skiing, marathon running and his favorite, golf.  He valued his friendships acquired through his involvement with the Corvette Club and his Harley motorcycle club.

A decorated veteran, John enlisted in the Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam, including scores of missions on the EC12T Constellation aircraft, a precursor of the AWACS, as a radar technician.  John was awarded The Air Medal (First Oak leaf Cluster) for providing vital air defense support for a major air strike in North Vietnam while flying in an unarmed airborne early warning and control aircraft.  Afterward, John was in Federal Civil Service Air Force related work for 30 plus years.  He served in the Air Force Reserves and retired at 55 as Chief Master Sergeant.  We are so very proud of our hero.

John is survived by his sisters Mary Alison Hume of Versailles, KY, and Mollie Hamilton Corulla (Vince) of Madison, MS.  His adoring dog Sissy will most assuredly be waiting for him in heaven.  He is predeceased by his Father John Watson Holmes, Sr., his mother Alice Ranft Hamilton, and stepfather Phillip Hamilton.

Countless friends join us in mourning the loss of John due to his generosity and fun-loving nature.  The family would like to thank his supportive neighbors for their kindness over the years. Be kind to others always, and support our veterans in memory of our brother, John.  We believe he would also like us all to remember that life is short – enjoy the ride.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449.  Sentiments are encouraged at

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  1. Judy Wellbrock says:
    21 Jun 2024
    Even though I have not been in contact with John and his family for many years. I will always remember some of the great times I had with John and his family at the lake, dinner or skiing. John always loved his family, he was a proud veteran and served his country for many years. He had many stories of Vietnam and flying in the C-121. John was a great chef and lover of life! John enjoyed trying many things. Cheers to your good memory John!

  2. steve farmer says:
    26 Nov 2023
    so sorry Allison.i too have lost a brother and know how you are feeling. our prayers are with you and the family!

  3. Thomas Loeppke says:
    25 Nov 2023
    Goodbye dear friend.

    Since those first days we met in Colorado Springs I have always counted you among my best of friends.

    I will always remember us shooting pool or trying to one up the other in cooking.

    Kickback and have a beer - grill a steak. Hold one for me

  4. Gina Latimer posted an image:
    21 Nov 2023
    Captain John<br />
Keys trip
    Captain John
    Keys trip

  5. Gina Latimer posted an image:
    21 Nov 2023
    Captain John <br />
Keys trip with Trailblazers
    Captain John
    Keys trip with Trailblazers

  6. Henrietta Bartunek posted an image:
    21 Nov 2023
    John’s sunny nature was contagious.
    John’s sunny nature was contagious.

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