Jerry Lee "Jerry" Holmes '58 November 22, 2023 11:22 AM updated: November 22, 2023 11:27 AM
Jerry Lee Holmes
November 13, 1935 - October 11, 2023
Jerry Lee Holmes was born November 13, 1935, in San Antonio, Texas and departed this life on October 11, 2023. Jerry spent his early years in Arlington, Texas raised by James Gordon “Klepto” Holmes and Etta Pauline Hawks Holmes with his sister Helen Holmes Woodard. As the son of a college football coach and future college Athletic Director, the family moved to College Station, Texas where Jerry graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 1954.
Jerry went on to attend Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Minor in English. Jerry then attended the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona finishing in 1960 with a Master of International Management degree. Jerry later went on to earn another graduate degree at Southern Methodist University’s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.
Jerry began a banking career at Republic National Bank in 1960, ultimately ascending to Vice President and Manager of International Banking Services in 1968.
In 1965 Jerry married Nancy Ellen Ledbetter Kindle Holmes at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. Jerry and Nancy have been dedicated members of St. Michael and All Angels ever since.
In 1972, Jerry resigned his position at Republic National Bank to manage the Ledbetter private family foundation and to begin a life of civic service supporting Jerry and Nancy’s cultural passions including Opera, Ballet, Theater, and Education. This included time as a Director and as President of the Dallas Civic Opera, time as a Director and as President of the Dallas Civic Ballet, and as a Director of the Dallas Theater Center. Both Jerry and Nancy were proud to receive a bronze plaque for Outstanding and Devoted Efforts for the Dallas Academy, where Jerry served as a Trustee and as President of the Board.
Jerry was also recognized in 1981 for his efforts in raising the private sector funds for the restoration of the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas.
Jerry always maintained his Aggie roots as a lifelong Member of the Association of Former Students and was a proud Founder of the President’s Endowed Scholars Program at Texas A&M University.
In Jerry’s free time, it was not uncommon to see “the horseman” riding his horse around White Rock Lake or “the motorcycle jock” speeding down the country highways.
In lieu of floral memorials, please make memorials to the Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, Texas 75218, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.
Services will be held in the Chapel at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, TX 75225 at 10:00a on November 11, 2023, with a small reception at the church parlor afterwards.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest.com for the Holmes family.
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