Harvey Smith Holmes (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

JOHNSTON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. Harvey Smith Holmes, Sr., 88, of Saluda County, will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 10, 2011 at Saluda Baptist Church, Saluda, SC. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery, Johnston, SC. The family will receive friends at Bland Funeral Home from 5 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Mr. Holmes, a native of Edgefield County, passed away Friday, October 07, 2011 at his home. He was born July 3, 1923 and was a son of the late Edward Moody and Dollie Montez Smith Holmes. He was preceded in death by his (darling) wife, Ruby Matheny Holmes. Mr. Holmes was former founder, owner and president of Johnston Chip Mill, Johnston; Forest Crown Planer Lumber Mill, Aiken; Holmes Dodge, Johnston; Holmes Lumber Co., Johnston and Holmes Timber Co., Johnston. At his death he was owner and president of Persimmon Hill Golf Club, Saluda County, Johnston, SC. Having started and developed many companies throughout the region, Mr. Holmes was a true South Carolina entrepreneur. He was a conscientious land owner who honored the best practices in land and timber development. He was the recipient of the 2008 Saluda County Forestry Association Forest Landowner of the Year Award and a sustaining member of the SC Law Enforcement Association. He was also a former member of the Ridge Fishing Club, Johnston and the Investment Club, Saluda. Mr. Holmes was known throughout South Carolina and beyond for his generous heart and natural ability to help people. He was a highly respected Southern Gentleman who loved his God, his family and his friends. He was a devoted husband, a dedicated father and (Pop) to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of friends. He was a member of Saluda Baptist Church and the Men's IV Sunday School Class. Survivors include Daughters: Elizabeth H. Sauls, Lexington; Patricia H. Wannamaker (DT), Saluda; sons: H. Smith Holmes, Jr. (Lila), Johnston; Jerry M Holmes, Saluda; daughter-in law Mary Berry H. Johnston (Harry), Mt. Pleasant; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son: Charles E. Holmes; five brothers: Hamp, Vernon, Obie, EM and Alvin Holmes and two sisters: Lizzie H. Kirkland and Annie Ruth H. Satcher. The family wishes to express its gratitude to Hospice Care of South Carolina for their skilled care and kindness and to Dr. Hugh Morgan for his care and support. Also, the family expresses special thanks to their friend and caregiver Lanie Lorick for her faithfulness and loving kindness, and to Miriam Bledsoe Berry, a special caregiver and friend. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Tim Berry, Treasurer, 705 Edisto Street, Johnston, SC 29832. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences to the family at www.blandfh.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits

The Augusta Chronicle-October 9, 2011