Arthur "Ducky" Holmes, 97, Balto. Co. deputy sheriffArthur...

September 11, 1996

Arthur "Ducky" Holmes, 97, Balto. Co. deputy sheriff

Arthur "Ducky" Holmes, a lifelong Monkton resident and a former Baltimore County deputy sheriff, died of heart failure Saturday at the home where he had lived for nearly 60 of his 97 years.

Known as "Ducky" since his days at the old Sparks Agriculture High School, Mr. Holmes was known throughout the community for his wit and friendliness.

"He would just walk up to people and start talking to them and make them laugh," said a daughter, Julia Boone of Cockeysville. "Everyone liked him."

After graduating from high school in 1916, Mr. Holmes worked for Bartlett Tree Surgeons in Baltimore and operated his family's 250-acre dairy farm. He was a deputy sheriff from 1943 to 1967.

In 1934, he married the former Julia Sparks, who died this year.

Survivors include another daughter, Bonney Grote of Key West, Fla.; a brother, John Bacon Holmes of Monkton; and two grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 5 p.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road in Monkton.

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