Family of Flossie Lee MELTON (114) & Reverend Fleetwood BALL
Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Ball Holmes Retired Bethel Professor
Mary Elizabeth Ball Holmes, age 95, died Monday morning at a hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where her daughter, Elizabeth resides. Mrs. Holmes had only recently moved from her home in McKenzie. Mrs. Holmes taught 25 years at Bethel College. Prior to her college professorship, she taught Latin and literature at McKenzie High School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Bethel College in 1992 for her many accomplishments at the school. Her community service included teaching Sunday school for 40 years, for which a classroom was named in her honor at First Baptist Church and writing book reviews for this newspaper for many years. She was the widow of Dr. J.T. Holmes, a family physician, who practiced for 47 years. She leaves three children - Elizabeth H. Avery, Masters in Public Health and MBA, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; James T. Holmes, Jr., M.D., of Staten Island, New York; and Lewis Ball Holmes, M.D., of Wellesley, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her body will be cremated, said Lewis B. Holmes. A memorial ceremony will be held in McKenzie sometime during the month of May. The Holmes family moved to McKenzie in April 1941 when Dr. Holmes began his family medical practice in downtown McKenzie. Both were reared in neighboring Henderson County where the two met in high school and dated 13 years before marrying in 1934. Dr. Holmes obtained a pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee and later entered the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1936. He served as medical officer for two years for TVA in Wilson Dam, Alabama before coming to McKenzie. He practiced both pharmacy and medicine until his death in 1988. Mary was the oldest of four daughters of Reverend Fleetwood Ball and wife, Flossie. Mary received her A.B. degree from Union University in 1929 and taught at Morrison. She attended the University of Chicago for two summers in the 1930s, and obtained a master's degree in English from Memphis State University. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma, DAR and numerous local organizations. She served as a delegate-at-large from Tennessee at the Democratic Convention at Chicago in 1932, managed Estes Kefauver's successful campaign for the senate in the 1948 and was a Tennessee delegate to the National Congress on Children and Youth in Washington in 1960. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be given to the Mary Elizabeth Ball Holmes Professorship of Literature, Bethel College, Development Department, 325 Cherry Street, McKenzie, Tenn 38201.
Mary Elizabeth married Doctor James Thomas HOLMES. Occupation: Doctor in McKenzie, Carroll County, Tennessee.
They had the following children:
Marriage Announcement: The Rev. Fleetwond Ball, Lexington, Tenn., announces the engagement of his daughter, Mar:y Elizabeth, to Mr. James T. Holmes of Memphis. The wedding will take place in October. Miss Ball attended Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and is a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Mr. Holmes received his education at the University of Tennessee
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