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VIEWING: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SERVICE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM at North View Baptist Church
21273 Highway Forty-seven
South Hill, VA 23970
Reverend Sharon Baskerville, Eulogist

INTERMENT: Church Cemetery

REVEREND ERCELLE HOLMES, daughter of the late George W. Holmes and Lena Mae Hutcheson Holmes was born in Mecklenburg County, VA on June 18, 1959 and entered into eternal rest on February 22, 2018 in Henrico Doctors’ Hospital-Parham Road, Richmond, VA.  A brother and a niece preceded her in death.

At an early age she was baptized and joined North View Baptist Church.  In her younger years she served as Secretary of the Sunday school and sang in the Junior Choir.

Ercelle was a 1977 graduate of Park View Senior High School.  She later attended Shaw University, Raleigh, NC and Saint Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, VA where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management.
In acknowledgement of her calling from the Lord, she matriculated to the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA where she obtained her Master of Divinity Degree in Theology.

Reverend Holmes was licensed to preach the gospel in March 1998 and was ordained in November 2000 at North View Baptist Church under the pastorship of Dr. A.A. Brown.  She has been a member of North View Baptist Church since her childhood and was an Associate Minister there.

Reverend Holmes served as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Chippenham Medical Center and Ruxton Nursing Home, Richmond, VA.  She was also involved in the following ministries- Nursing Home Ministries, Youth Mentoring Ministry, Jail, and Prison Ministry, Out-Reached Ministry, and Hospital Chaplain work.

Reverend Holmes loved serving the Lord, singing, preaching, and teaching the gospel.  She loved witnessing to lost souls about Jesus!  That was her passion working in the kingdom of God, helping whomever she could help and doing whatever God puts on her heart to do.

Reverend Holmes also had a gift of writing poetry.  She published one book of poetry, entitled “Resting in God’s Presence.”

Reverend Holmes was a lovable person with a quiet nature.  She loved spending time with her family and she loved serving the Lord.  Her favorite quote was “God Is Able.”

Reverend Holmes leaves to mourn four sisters- Shelia (Willie) Green of North Chesterfield, VA.; JoAnn Holmes and Jacquelyn Holmes of Richmond, VA and Palmira (Lester, Jr.) Fowlkes of North Chesterfield, VA; nieces and nephews-Jemar, Jerel, and Cornelius Holmes and Alysha Taylor; three uncles- Freddie (Glory) Holmes, Arthur Holmes, Clarence (Erma) Holmes; one aunt- Marie Holmes; devoted best friend- Hyacinth Pennycooke and Charles E. Johnson, Sr.; God-daughters- Adrien Mason and Carolyn Hinton, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Feggins FH
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. I pray God's comfort and peace upon you.
    ~ Shaneen Mosley   Henrico, VA
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    My deepest sympathy for your loss and condolences to the family and friends. Time and unforseen be fall all Ecc 9:11 . God does NOT cause death right now. Our heavenly father is sending Jesus to solve all mankinds problems, by means of his kingdom coming here on Earth. Our father who is in heaven , let your kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. This is a government coming . This is what it will bring, here on Earth. There will be no more death, no more pain, tears, sorrow, morning ,peace, we will be young again, he is going to bring the dead back to life here on Earth. and a paradise here on Earth. There is more. If you interested email me at : russt122346@gmail.com. All free. So I can tell you more from the Bible. It is to comfort you. Kathy Matt 6:6 - 10, Dan 2:44, Rev 21:3-5, Job 33:25
    ~ Kathy   Graham, NC
  • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    sorry to hear about the passing of your love one I ask God to comfort and strengthen you all my throughts and prayers are with you Love Barbara
    ~ barbara mcknight-hill   lacrosse, VA