Annie Mae Holmes
February 27, 1932 – January 31, 2016
Mother Annie Mae Holmes was born on February 27, 1932 in Summerfield, Louisiana. She was the third child of eight children born to loving and proud parents, Will and Thelma Taylor. Annie Mae who was raised in a family of strong Christian belief, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age. The Taylor Family later moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she completed her education. Being the eldest daughter, Annie Mae assisted her parent greatly, by helping take care of her siblings; which she in a very loving and nurturing way. Growing up and throughout her life, Annie Mae was always looked upon and treated as a well-respected mother and considered a Matriarch of the family. Annie Mae arrived in San Diego, California in 1962. She held a variety of different professions such as a cook, housekeeper and janitorial duties. She later met the love of her life, Hurbert Holmes of the United States Army. They were united in Holy Matrimony on April 17, 1971. They spent many years fishing and praising the Lord together. Annie Mae also loved horse racing and bingo. She was known as the “Bingo Queen”. Annie Mae was kind-hearted, full of love, compassion and wisdom. She displayed leadership not only to her family, but also to her friends and their families as well. Annie Mae always encouraged everyone to better themselves and trust in the Lord. She impacted so many lives as a mother figure to each and every one who has crossed her path. Her smile and laughter exuded radiance that was unforgettable. She encouraged all families to build a bridge to unite as one. She was “The Matriarch” who exemplified the true nature of an Angel and a Child of GOD! Sometime, after moving to San Diego, Annie Mae united with the New Horizon Missionary Baptist church under the leadership of the late Reverend William R. Charles. In 1994, Annie Mae, along with her husband, moved their membership to New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Thomas A. Maddox. During her tenure at New Jerusalem, Annie Mae became the Mother of the church in 2003. She received several awards and recognition for her dedication and faithfulness. Her favorite songs were “Amazing Grace” and “I Won’t Complain”. Mother Holmes served as President of the Women’s Mission Department and Chairperson of the Mothers’ Board. Mother and Deacon Holmes were very faithful members of the Sunday School, mid-week prayer and Bible Study classes until her health began to decline. Mother Holmes had a way of correcting you with love when you got out of place. She and Deacon Holmes were dedicated members who continuously contributed their tithes faithfully. Mother Holmes loved her church and her church family; but above all, she truly loved the Lord. She was always looking at ways to improve the fellowship. Mother Holmes was committed and dedicated to the very end. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Hurbert Holmes; son, Robert Lee Meadows; her parents, Will and Thelma Taylor; three brothers, Wilbert, Paul and L.C. Taylor; three sisters, Berdiabe, Cora and Ruthele Harris; grandson, Carey Campbell Jr. and granddaughter, Annie Campbell. On Sunday, January 31, 2016, surrounded by loved ones, Mother Annie Mae Holmes was called home to Glory to be with her Lord. She leave to cherish her memories: her children, Aquilla Breveard, Kathy Tucker, Sandra Holmes, Willie Meadows and Stanley Holmes; grandchildren, Terry Simon, Mary Campbell, Sha Rhonda Lane, Curtis Campbell, Gary Campbell Jr., Jerry Campbell, Sandra Parker, Felisha Parker, Kenya Gant, Derrick Watkins, Bonita Meadows, Willie Meadows Jr. and Lolita Meadows and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces ,nephews, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate a life well-lived. Services were held Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Miramar National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.