Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Bert Wellington Holmes, Jr., M.D.

08/09/1939 - 03/20/2018

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Family receiving friends, 2pm, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Hampton University Memorial Chapel, Hampton, VA. Services are entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A memorial celebration will be held, 3pm, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Hampton University Memorial Chapel
100 E Queen Street Hampton VA

Interment Information

Interment-Private

BERT WELLINGTON HOLMES, JR., M.D. (Ret. Brigadier General), was born August 9, 1939 in the Berkley Section of Norfolk, Virginia to Ruth Hicks Holmes and the late Bert Wellington Holmes, Sr. He learned the meaning of hard work and discipline at an early age with the examples set by his parents and grandparents. Bert graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia State College (University) in Petersburg (B.S. and M.S.), Howard University College of Medicine (M.D.), and the U.S. Flight School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. In 1964, upon graduating from Virginia State University ROTC, Bert was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry branch. His initial assignment on active duty was in the 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he served as a platoon leader and company commander. After successfully completing his military active duty in 1966, Bert returned to civilian life in the Hampton Roads Area as a science and biology teacher at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and pursued a master’s degree at Virginia State University. At the same time, his military career continued in the Army Reserves with service in the 80th Division Training in Virginia, where he was a company commander. In 1970, Bert and his family moved to Washington, D.C. where he began studies at the Howard University College of Medicine. Upon graduating in 1974, he began a residency in Family Practice, but ultimately chose to pursue a career in the specialty of Urology. His urology residency was completed in 1980 at Howard University College of Medicine. In the following year, he returned to Virginia and established his private medical practice in Norfolk. During subsequent years, Bert was a urologic surgeon and an attending physician at Norfolk Community Hospital, Chesapeake General Hospital and served as the Deputy Chief of Urology at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk. During his private practice years, he co-authored and published a challenging medical case which was reported in the Urologic Radiology (1988), entitled “Bilateral Ectopic Pheochromocytomas: Computed Tomographic and Sonographic Correlation.” Bert appreciated the rigor and discipline required in the military and remained committed to serving his country. Consequently, in later years he returned to military service and joined the 11th Special Forces Support Detachment Services as the Medical Detachment Commander. He further served with the 100th Station Hospital Service as the Executive Officer. As a Senior Flight Surgeon for the Army National Guard, Bert was selected for the position of State Surgeon where he served for eight years. During this time he was instrumental in helping to develop the Medical Field Service School for the Virginia National Guard. This school was an essential training program for preparing medical personnel for the multiple tasks they were required to perform. In 2000, Virginia Governor James Gilmore appointed Bert to the position of The Assistant Adjutant General for the State of Virginia and promoted him to the rank of Brigadier General in the Virginia National Guard, thus becoming the first African-American appointed to this position. He retired in 2005. In the later years of his medical career, Bert served as Director of the Hampton University Health Center and became the first Executive Director of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute. Always focused on the health and well-being of the community, he dedicated his time to providing medical care and counsel to Hampton University students and proton therapy patients. He was a strong advocate and spokesperson for educating the public about the benefits of the latest cancer-fighting technologies and effective options for advancing patient care. From the academic to the pursuits of leisure and artistic endeavors, Bert enjoyed a full spectrum of life. He was a talented artist, helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, all of which demanded his dedication to developing fine skills and technical precision. He enjoyed music and was proud to have played first chair clarinet while a student at Booker T. Washington High School and Virginia State University. Playing the clarinet, enjoying both classical music and jazz, reading, cooking his special barbecue, and deep-sea fishing were his favorite pastimes. Above all, he delighted in spending time and sharing stories with his five grandchildren. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of fifty-three years, Naomi Manigault Holmes, and their three children: Christal Holmes Stinson (Christopher Stinson) of Chicago, IL; Marissa Holmes Rivero (Juan Rivero) of Virginia Beach, VA; and Bert Wellington Holmes III, M.D. (Michelle Latham Holmes, M.D.) of Norfolk, VA. He also leaves five grandchildren: Mariah Christa Rivero, Gabrielle Grace Rivero, Evan Christopher Stinson, Brandon Homer Stinson, and Baby Ellis Christina Naomi Holmes; his mother, Ruth Hicks Holmes; his sister, Muriel Holmes Chasten, Ph.D. (William Chasten) and his uncle, Lankford Hicks (Althea Hicks). Bert will be dearly remembered by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives, friends and colleagues.

Ron Madison (LTC US Army) Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm thankful that I had the pleasure of having BG/Dr Holmes in my life, I would probably not be in the place I am today, if it were not for people like him paving the way. He was a big presence to many of us growing up, and always took the time to teach and mentor when he could, I appreciate that. It would be tough for anyone to fill his shoes, but truly think he would rather us bring our own shoes and help others to bring theirs. He will be missed but will always have a place in my heart. Mrs Holmes, Christal, Marissa, Wellington, and family, I love you guys and hope to see you all soon and celebrate a true Hero! Ronnie
Posted: 4/9/2018
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Yvonne Hoggard Brown Dear Holmes Family:You have my deepest sympathies during this time of sorrow. Bert was a very caring friend and neighbor. I am keeping you in my prayers. Yvonne
Posted: 4/3/2018
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Linda My deepest Sympathy goes out to the family, losing a love one in death is a very trying time. Please find comfort in knowing what the bible says about the opportunity of seeing our dear love ones again @ Act 24:15 under the very best conditions @ Revelation 21:3 & 4. Please visit JW.ORG for more encouragement and hope from GOD’S word during this difficult time.
Posted: 3/30/2018
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Kathy Brothers Dr. Chasten and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at your time of sorrow.
Posted: 3/29/2018
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Ursula Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you be comforted by the God of all comfort and may your hearts find peace at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 3/28/2018
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Ursula Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you be comforted by the God of all comfort and may your hearts find peace at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 3/28/2018
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Ursula Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you be comforted by the God of all comfort and may your hearts find peace at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 3/28/2018
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Essie V. Holmes Parker Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and the family today and always. Cousin Bert is, and will always be, our hero. Take comfort in knowing he is at perfect peace today with our Lord and Savior.
Posted: 3/28/2018
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Carlton A. Holmes Ii Our sincere condolences go out to cousin Bert's family. May the Grace of God be with you now and always. Carlton & Sheila Holmes and Family.
Posted: 3/28/2018
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Michael Dear Holmes family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Bert. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. (Please read) May God give you and your family comfort in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they are resurrected. With deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.
Posted: 3/28/2018
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