A memorial was scheduled for Wednesday in Connecticut. Then, Monday, an international funeral will be held at 11 a.m. in Chicago, according to a press release.
Monday's Chicago service for Bishop Holmes will be held at the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church,
Monday's funeral will be streamed live online: ShineproductionsLLC.com
Bishop Holmes became the 92nd bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church in 2004 and has served in several Episcopal districts. In 2012, Bishop Holmes was assigned to serve the Northeastern Episcopal District.
Bishop Holmes was a graduate of the Morris Brown College and the Hood Theological Seminary. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2002.
Reflecting on his mentor, Rev. Joel D. Miles, pastor, pastor of the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church, said, "Bishop Holmes was a dynamic leader having led many of our denominational churches.
"He led the Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Church for 16 years in a tremendous fashion including leading his members and building additions to the current locations. He continued the progressive leadership after he became a bishop in 2004."
Bishop Holmes leaves behind a wife, Lovetta Jean Holmes, two daughters and two granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to:
The Hood Theological Seminary
1810 Lutheran Synod Drive,
Salisbury, NC 28144