BUCKHANNON — Dr. Arthur B. Holmes Jr., 80, of Buckhannon, died Jan. 8, 2017 at home. He was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Huntsville, Ala., a son of the late Arthur Barnes Holmes Sr., and Wilma Roberson Holmes. On June 19, 1965, he married Jolanda Stuber who survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Rebecca Knight and Cynthia Holmes; one niece Beth Knight; one nephew Jeffrey Knight and wife Pamela; one great-nephew Andrew Knight; one great-niece Ceihiah Knight and extended family in Switzerland.
Dr. Holmes was the Dean of the Chapel at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1970-1978 and Professor of Religion until his retirement in 2010. He was an ordained minister of the Florida United Methodist Church. He received his B.S. from Stetson University, his Master of Divinity from Emory University, and his Ph.D. from Drew University. He studied at the University of Zuerich and University of Tuebingen, Germany.
He was member and past president of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Preaching in small country churches in West Virginia gave him much enjoyment. Spending time at the farm at Ours Mill Road and taking walks with his beloved dog Bert were special, as was spending time in Switzerland hiking in the Alps, and visiting with family and friends. The family would like to thank West Virginia Hospice for their kindness, understanding and patience and a special thank you to Denise Wright for the wonderful care that was given.
Friends will be received today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the WVWC Chapel with Rev. Greg Godwin, Sam and Stella Roberts, and Rev. Dr. Ellis Conley officiating. At the request of Dr. Arthur Holmes he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the WVWC scholarship fund, Office of Institutional Advancement, 59 College Ave., Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201, WV Hospice, 8 Hartman Plaza, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201, or the Upshur County Humane Society, 318 Mud Lick Road, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.poling-stclair.com. Poling-St.Clair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.