Carolyn H. Holmes

Our Mother, Carolyn Halstead Holmes, “Mom”, returned to her heavenly home on August 18, 2023, 7 days after her 95th birthday. Her devotion to her family and her faith in God supported her and carried her throughout her long life. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and was immersed in her community.

Carolyn was born in Cherryville, North Carolina to parents Hugh O. Halstead and Annie Stroup Halstead. She received her education from Mars Hill Junior College and Wake Forest University. She had a long and successful career as a medical technologist at hospitals in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, eventually retiring as lab manager from Conway Hospital in Conway, South Carolina. As a child of the Great Depression, her work ethic was unwavering. Strong, intelligent and independent, her priority (only after her faith) was her family and she showed us how to manage a career along with the challenges of family life. In retirement, Carolyn was a Vacation Bible School teacher, sang in the church choir, participated in church plays, taught art, painted almost every day, wrote her autobiography, and compiled a family cookbook for her children.

In addition to raising a family and excelling in business, Carolyn exemplified the life of a Renaissance Woman who loved the arts. Carolyn enjoyed acting in theater productions while in high school, and resumed her love of acting in retirement, portraying Lottie Moon in a one-woman play as well as participating in other church productions. She began drawing and painting upon her retirement, and many of her works can be seen on display in City Hall in Mauldin, South Carolina. Carolyn was a prolific artist, and enjoyed giving many of her works of art away to family and friends.

Carolyn was blessed with a loving family. Preceded in death by her husband Russell A. Holmes, she was the mother of Linda (Ronnie) Mullinax, Ric (JaNice) Holmes, Ann (Bob) Turner, Patricia (Johnny) Dangerfield. Carolyn was the grandmother to Chris Creel, Bradley LaZar and Richard LaZar.

She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 1:00pm at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. The family will receive friends afterwards in the church fellowship hall.

Philippians 4:4-4:7
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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