Darryl Wayne Holmes, 48, postal worker, mentor

April 06, 2006

Darryl Wayne Holmes, a retired postal worker and mentor, died Saturday at his West Baltimore home. He was 48.

The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, family members said.

Mr. Holmes was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwest Baltimore. He was a 1975 graduate of Northwest High School and attended the Community College of Baltimore.

In 1978, he went to work at the U.S. Post Office on East Fayette Street, where he worked until retiring on a medical disability in the late 1990s.

He had also served in the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Holmes coached Little League baseball and was a member of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church. He had recently joined Light of the World Ministries Church, where his brother is pastor.

"He was a very spiritual person," said his mother, Bessie M. Holmes of Baltimore. "He also mentored young boys, whom he called his adopted sons. He tried to teach them to stay in school and out of trouble."

Services for Mr. Holmes will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, 8334 Liberty Road.

Also surviving are a son, Darryl W. Holmes Jr. of Baltimore; his father, Fred J. Holmes of Baltimore; three brothers, Shawn D. Holmes, the Rev. Fred J. Holmes II and Travis D. Holmes, all of Baltimore; and a sister, Bonita G. Mayo of Dale City, Va. His marriage ended in divorce.

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