Sallis native Holmes is Veteran of the Year

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Veteran of the YearHolmes Community College is proud to honor Jack Holmes as the 2018 Veteran of the Year.

As a student at Holmes, the Sallis native was a member of the 1951 state championship baseball team and was also quarterback for the football team. His athletic achievements earned him membership in the H Club.

After completing his studies at Holmes, he transferred to Delta State University where he obtained a bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree from Mississippi State University.

Prior to working at Holmes, he served as a teacher and coach for John Rundle High School in Grenada. Holmes was also an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as an insurance adjustor in the private sector.

He returned to Holmes in 1971 as supervisor for the Kosciusko Skill Center. He was named assistant director of the vocational-technical education on the Goodman Campus in 1983. In 1985, his title was changed to vice president of the Grenada Center and the library on the Grenada Campus was dedicated to him in 2014. He served 40 plus years with Holmes and after retirement, continued his service to the college as a liaison for the Development Foundation and a member of the Legacy Club.

In 2006, Holmes was Awarded Alumnus of the Year. His strong bonds and working relationships with business and industries in and around the City of Grenada have been extremely advantageous to the college, as well as his overseeing the enlargement of the Grenada Center's physical plant.

He resides in Kosciusko where he is an active contributor to the community. Holmes is a deacon and Sunday school director at First Baptist Church of Kosciusko and a former Boy Scout leader. He and his late wife, Margaret, have four children: Keith, Scott, Kirk and Kim.SaveSaveSave