Miller Payne Holmes
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:00 PM
Miller Payne Holmes, 94, of Ridgeland, retired banker, died July 16, 2014. Services were held July 18 at St. Peter's-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Mr. Holmes was born September 14, 1919 in Yazoo City to Herbert Holmes and Ethel Payne Holmes. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Yazoo City High School Band. He was selected as 'Mr. Yazoo High' and graduated in 1937. He attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1941. While at Ole Miss he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and led 'The Mississippians' dance band. After college he joined The Delta National Bank of Yazoo City, but his career was interrupted by service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He participated as an artillery officer in several campaigns in the Pacific with the Fourth Marine Division, including Saipan and Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to Yazoo City with his family to continue his banking career, which spanned over 40 years. He served as president of Delta National from 1972 until its merger with Deposit Guaranty National Bank in 1981. He continued with Deposit Guaranty for a time, serving on the bank's board of directors and as chairman of the advisory boards for the branch banks in Yazoo City and Vicksburg. After a brief period of retirement, he served from 1989 until 1994 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in New Orleans. Miller Holmes was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City until moving to Brandon in 1982. He then joined St. Peter's as it grew from mission to parish status. He served in leadership positions in both churches and as a delegate to Annual Council of the Diocese of Mississippi. His civic activities included service as president of the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce and Delta Council, member of the Yazoo County Port Commission and Greater Yazoo Growth and Development Foundation, and supporter of Boy Scouts of America and Yazoo County United Givers Fund. Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Herbert Payne 'Herbie' Holmes and his wife, Nancy; sister, Katie Holmes Donavan and her husband, George; nephew, Herbert H. Holmes; niece, Kathy Holmes; and daughter-in-law Vicki Smith Holmes.
He is survived by his wife of over 72 years, Jean; son, Miller P. Holmes, Jr. (Bonnie); daughters, Dale Holmes Simmons (Jim) and Ethel Holmes Moak (Keith). He is also survived by three granddaughters, three grandsons, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's or Trinity Episcopal Church, Yazoo City, or to a charity of your choice.