Military service yields life lessons for Bruce Holmes Sr.

Published 5:37 am Sunday, November 12, 2023

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Bruce Holmes Sr. used a short term in the U.S. Army to set the foundation for future success.

After graduating from Selma High School, Holmes served in the Army from 1981 to 1984, learning life skills and fellowship.

“The military showed me how to lead and respect and honor,” Holmes said. “The military taught me leadership, to be on time and respect everyone.”

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Holmes, who was born at Good Samaritan Hospital, said growing up in George Washington Carver Homes got him ready to serve in the Army.

“GWC Homes got me prepared for the military and life,”  Holmes said. 

Holmes served a variety of roles in the Queen City, which included serving as PTO President at Edgewood Elementary School and Southside High School as well as coaching Little League sports.

Holmes said he did not realize his future wife also lived in GWC Homes.  They met on Feb. 10, 2007, and married on June 22, 2007.  

“Even though Linda grew up in GWC homes, we didn’t know each other,” Holmes joked. “It was love at first sight.”

Linda Holmes, who worked at the State of Alabama and the former Director of Personnel for the Secretary of State, praised her husband’s determination and dedication. He’s the father of nine children and the family attends historic Brown Chapel AME Church.

“Bruce is a hardworking, dedicated, and determined man,” Linda Holmes said. “He accomplishes anything he puts his mind to; he works diligently until the task is completed. He enjoys helping to do whatever is necessary in the community to make a difference. He still has a passion to make a difference in his hometown of Selma.”