Carl Thomas Holmes ’52

Carl Thomas Holmes, affectionately known as Tom or Tommy, passed away on 03/21/2024 in his home at Holden Beach, NC at the age of 96.

Tommy Holmes was born Nov. 5, 1927, in the Sedberry-Holmes house in downtown Fayetteville, the baby of seven children of the late James Azor Holmes Sr. and Mable Martin Holmes.

Tom lived a life marked by his love of family, friends, and lots of laughter. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Davidson College, Carl Thomas Holmes dedicated four years of service to the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of S/Sgt. He later utilized his talents and skills in his professional career with the State of North Carolina, working as a tax auditor, contributing to public service and the community.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, survived by his former wife, Cornelia Holmes, his two children, Mary Holmes Basnight (spouse to Matt Basnight) and Carl Thomas Holmes Jr. (known as T or Thomas), and his cherished grandchildren Ariel, Hunter, and Dylan Basnight. In addition to his immediate family, Tommy is survived by nieces and nephews, Martha, Dell, Dorothy, Trip, Boyd, Scott, Alex, and their families, whom he held dear.

Tommy was an active member of First Presbyterian Church until his retirement, when he moved to Holden Beach. Tom’s vibrant spirit was reflected in his love for travel, particularly to the beautiful lands of Ireland and Scotland. He relished social gatherings and spent his retirement days surrounded by friends at Holden Beach, sharing stories and laughter over “a drink or two”. A man of dedication, integrity, and infectious laughter, Tom touched the lives of many. He will be remembered for his zest for life and his ability to find joy in every moment. In honoring his memory, let us celebrate the remarkable life of Carl Thomas Holmes—a loving father, devoted friend, and an individual whose laughter echoed long after it faded away.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11 am at Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462

Please consider a donation in Carl’s name to the Holden Beach Chapel.