Memorial services for Mrs. Lucille Martin Holmes were held at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from the chapel of Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Richardson officiating. Visitation was at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 P.M. until service time.
Mrs. Lucille Martin Holmes, a lifelong resident of Tylertown, MS, quietly passed away on March 13, 2012, at the age of 92. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Ella Smith Martin, wife of Donald E. Holmes, mother of Donette Holmes Titus, all of whom preceded her in death.
“Ms. Lucille”, as she was affectionately called, will always be remembered for her impressive floral designs as the original owner of Tylertown Florist which she founded in 1960. Before beginning her career as a florist, she and her husband, Donald, owned and operated Holmes’ Grocery in the Lexie Community for 12 years. After 50 years as a successful business woman, she retired in 2005.
Throughout her working years, she received many prestigious awards and in 1989 was selected to have her biography published in the book Who’s Who in the World by the Marquis Publications Board. This distinction is limited to only two women in ten thousand.
Ms. Lucille is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Isley and Mrs. Myra Lambert; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Maxine Martin; nieces Deborah Martin Ledet, Cathy Wilkins, and Amy Ard; nephews Tim Martin, Jim Wilkins, Joey Lambert, Charles Barbe, Ronnie Holmes, and Eddie Holmes. She was preceded in death by sisters Hedy Martin Stogner, Mavis Martin Holmes, and Elaine Martin Barbe; brothers Edward Ford Martin, James Cook, and Theodore B. Martin.
Throughout her long life, she encountered numerous hardships and tragedies; however, she was able to overcome each obstacle because of her strong will, determination, and independent nature. She would always say she just needed to “get on with her rat killing”!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul.”