West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Dwight Holmes
Dwight Holmes

Russell Dwight Holmes was born the son of John R. Holmes and Velma (Muse) Holmes on October 28, 1931, in Alton, Missouri, and departed this life August 14, 2015, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at the age of 83 years.

He was united in marriage on May 27, 1985, at Alton, Missouri, to Tammy Casey.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Holmes of the home near Alton, Missouri; two sons, Travis Smith of Nashville, Tennessee, and J.C. Holmes of Columbia, Missouri; one sister, Lucille Cargill of South Gate, Michigan; three nieces, Eva Fern Morris, Anita Ruth Brown and Betty Nan Asarian; father-in-law, John Lewis Casey; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma Holmes; one sister, Lena Watson; two brothers-in-law, Ray Watson and Clifford Cargill; mother-in-law, Emma Lou Casey; and two special nephews, Carl Watson and Bryan Watson.

Dwight was a farmer by trade, and an auctioneer. He worked as a Salesman for Ram Auto Parts in Thayer for many years and served as Oregon County Collector for six years. He was later employed by the University of Missouri, working as a Small Farm Specialist, retiring after several years of service. In his spare time, he enjoyed a good quail hunt with his friends.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country during the Korean conflict.

Dwight was a life-long member of Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed southern gospel music and was a well-known bass singer, singing with the Singing Relations Quartet and also the Leroy Chronister Quartet.

He will be remembered as a deeply devoted husband, father, friend and neighbor. He will truly be missed by his family, friends and the neighborhood in which he lived.

Funeral Services for Mr. Holmes will be Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Smyrna Church near Alton, with Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The body will lie in state on Saturday evening, August 15th, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

Burial will be in the Smyrna Cemetery near Alton, Missouri.



  1. Leroy & Brenda Blankenship
    August 15, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

    Our condolences, love, and support to the family during this difficult time of loss. Our prayers
    are with you during this time. Words are often insufficient at such a time as this. However,
    God’s wonderful grace is always sufficient to help us through every difficult time of life.
    Leroy & Brenda


  2. Dean Williams
    August 15, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    So sorry for the passing of Dwight, he will be missed by all that met him. To his family you have my deepest sympathy. Brother Bill, you have a prayer coming to lift you up as you bury your friend.


  3. Neta Brewer
    August 15, 2015 @ 11:33 pm

    I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. My prayers are with you for today and the coming days.


  4. Buddy Ball
    August 16, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news of Dwight’s passing. I knew Dwight for many years, worked with him at Ram Parts. He was a good friend and mentor.

    Buddy Ball


  5. Peggy Ball Hickman
    August 17, 2015 @ 8:37 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He was such a special friend to my Dad (Ralph Ball) & our whole family. He will always hold a special spot in my heart. Prayers to all the family.

    The Ball Family


  6. Shelia (Melton) Mitchener
    August 17, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    Prayers and condolences are sent your way. I always enjoyed being around Dwight. His love of life and his Lord was very apparent.


  7. Karla Deaver
    August 27, 2015 @ 8:36 am

    So sad to hear of Dwight’s passing. I truly enjoyed working with him doing good things for the small farmers of Oregon County for so many years. Dwight was a delight, always bringing light and happiness to the room. Prayers to your family during this time.


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