October 26, 1955 ~ January 13, 2021

Born in: Kansas City, MO
Resided in: Grayson, GA

Byron Ricardo Holmes, Sr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 26, 1955 to McCormick John Holmes and LoEster Marie Standifer-Holmes. Both parents preceded him in death. Byron was the eighth of thirteen children; four preceded him in death: Paula, Rosemary, Karen and Reginald, and joined shortly after by Shaun.

At an early age, Byron joined The Christ Temple Pentecostal Church. He graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City in 1973. He established, had a distinguished career, and retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company. Byron also worked for several years after retirement for Lucent Technologies.

“Ricky”, as family and friends affectionately knew him, lived several years in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida, but enjoyed returning home to Kansas City to visit family, see the Plaza lights at Christmas time, and eat Gates BBQ. Ricky loved the Motown Sound, including the Temptations, Four Tops and The Supremes. He never missed an opportunity to join them in singing their hit songs.

Ricky was an avid billiards player. He would take his family members to the pool hall and challenge them, and then “cue” them on how the game was supposed to be played, and how to win. He enjoyed cooking for his family; his specialty was oxtails and rice. Ricky loved to bake lasagna, and often pretended to be a professional Italian chef, nobody famous, just himself. He also loved to cook ham and beans, which he would make in a huge pot and we would eat them until all were gone.

Ricky enjoyed television and you would often find him watching programs around the clock. He especially liked watching political debates and became proficient in debating. Whenever he engaged people in conversation, or debate, as he would call it, he was able to convince you of his opinion and by the time he was finished, you were on his side of the debate.

Ricky departed this life on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. He spent his final hours singing the gospel and marveling that he was always in the palm of God’s hand. True to the words of his own father, Ricky believed in the family creed that family should always stick together. Today, we celebrate his return to Jesus Christ, our Savior. We can all rejoice in knowing that Ricky made his peace with The Lord and is finally resting in peace with his beloved Mother, Father, Betty Holmes (his first wife & JoAnn’s mom), sisters and brothers in Heaven.

Ricky will truly be missed. He leaves to mourn fond memories, his loving wife, Gloria; children, devoted daughter, JoAnn, Ethan and Byron Holmes, Jr.; Step children, Edward Ivery (Amber) and Eboni Ivery; siblings, LaVelle, LoEster, Edward, Winona, Vanessa, Victor, Robert; grandchildren, Bria Holmes-Lewis, Jaycen Holmes, Essence Ivery, EJ Ivery, Evelyn Ivery, and Trinitee Ivery; and a host of other relatives, and caring friends.

Services

Funeral Service: January 23, 2021 3:15 pm - January 23, 2021 4:15 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

770-277-4550

Hillandale Cemetery
6201 Hillandale Drive
Lithonia, GA 30058


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  1. CandleImageGloria,

    I am sending my condolences to you and your family. Praying 🙏🏾for strength and comfort during this time. Ricky spirit will always be around.

  2. CandleImageFamily our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Lord grant peace and strength. We love you all ❤️

  3. We pray God will comfort and give you His peace during this time of bereavement. Words can not express how much we love you all. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers, Ricky will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Pastor Robert E. And Lady Frances F. Taylor
    Kansas City, MO

  4. CandleImageTo Mrs Gloria Holmes and Family

    We want to say how sorry we were to hear the news. And Ricky will be greatly missed by all of us. We are steady praying that God will do what He does best! To heal your pain and fill your emptiness. We love you and care for you, your children and grandchildren.
    Yours In Christ
    Bishop Andre & Alysia O’Neal
    Your cousin Stockton, CA

  5. To Gloria and family,
    Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. May God bless and keep you and family.

  6. CandleImageJo- there aren’t words to share that can express my sympathy. I do love you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. CandleImageFamily my Sincere prayers and condolences God Comfort all our hearts in Jesus Name

    Rick you and I came into the world two weeks apart, Our Moms were Double 1st Cousins and best friends Byron ( Ricky ) Ricardo Holmes :). We were friends as well as cousins. We will meet again my love.

  8. CandleImageJoAnn, you have my deepest sympathy. I will continue to lift you up in prayer. Your dad was so loved by our family and will cherish all those memories.

  9. CandleImageFamily you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and may the Lord wrap his great arms around each and everyone of you.
    Anita and Charles

  10. CandleImageFamily, I love you truly.
    Ricky & Shaun were absolutely the best. So many fond & wonderful memories flood my mind; as I reflect over the years of family get togethers. I am crying & smiling all at the same times. May God’s Grace comfort hearts. The peace that surpasses all understanding sustain.
    I love you family my prayers continually go up for the family.
    Prayerfully submitted,
    Cousin Kathy Jackson-Morgans from Kansas City

  11. CandleImageMy heart is saddened, and I pray for healing and comfort to the entire Holmes family. May God surround you with His love, and give you the strength you all need during the difficult times. I’m praying for you all!

    Candice “Graham” Coulson

  12. CandleImageI will miss you, Rick, so much! I thank God that I will always have the wonderful memories spent with you; singing, dancing, laughing, getting you mad for not playing spades your way when we were partnered up. I will miss hearing you call Vic ‘Doc,’ Bryce ‘Baby Doc,’ and Brooke ‘Sugar.’ I will miss that contagious laugh of yours. You will forever hold a special place in my heart. I love you, Rick.

    Jo, E, Byron, Gloria and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep all of you in my prayers.

    -Na

  13. Jo, know that we love and know that we are praying for you and your family. Our sincere condolences.

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