Ella F HolmesElla Mae Franklin-Holmes was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, to the union of Ezekiel Franklin, Sr. and Viola Stewart Franklin, on September 3, 1942. She was the sister of Ezekiel Franklin Jr, Leonard Stewart, and the late Irma Jean Franklin. She was educated in the public schools in both Morgan City and New Orleans, La. Ella came to New Orleans with her mother and siblings in 1954 at the age of 12. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age, and was baptized by the late Rev. Harry H. Bray at St. John #5 Baptist Church of New Orleans, La. She, along with her mother and siblings, place their membership at True Vine Baptist Church in 1957 under the leadership of the late Rev. Emmett F. Lockley. Ella met and married the love of her life, Lun Holmes in 1962. She and her husband owned and operated Lun Holmes Shoe Repair Shop for many years in this city. She was the proud mother of Irma Jean Holmes-Johnson; Denise Marie Holmes; Brenda Ann Holmes-Nicholson (Dwayne Sr.) and Lesha Holmes-Duncan (Cedric). She has 8 grandchildren: Cory Holmes (Shianka); Tracy Thornton, Jr. (Latonya); Dwayne Nicholson, Jr.; Lun James Nicholson; Aristede Craig, Jr.(Olivia); Austin Craig; Diamond-Alexis Craig; and Mia-Miracle Craig. She also has 11 great-grandchildren: Shamour Williams; Jacoray Holmes; Princess Holmes; Asia Holmes; Lun Holmes III; Dream Holmes; Dorian Horton; Laylaah Thornton; Aiden-Amil Craig; and the late Cory Holmes Jr. Ella was a member of True Vine Sanctuary Choir for many years until a health issues prevented her from singing. She loved the Lord with all her heart, and served by supporting many of our church’s activities. Her favorite song was “The Blood of Jesus Shall Never Lose Its Power.” Her favorite scripture was “Psalm 23.” She is preceded in death by her father, Rev. Ezekiel Franklin, Sr.; her sister, Irma Jean Franklin; her husband, Lun Holmes; and her great grandson, Cory Holmes Jr.She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother Viola Stewart, whom she cared for over 18 years; her brothers, Ezekiel Franklin Jr. (Anna) and Leonard Stewart (Paulette); her daughters, Irma Jean Johnson, Denise Holmes, Brenda Nicholson (Dwayne), Lesha Duncan(Cedric); her sisters-in-law: Joan Simon, Linda Hubbard, Glenda Edwards, Leola Lee (Charlie); her brother-in law: Jimmy Holmes (Sue); Those she calls her sons: Aristede Craig, Sr. and Tracy Thornton, Sr.; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Relative and friends of the family are invited to attend the Home Going Celebration in Memory of Sis. Ella Holmes at True Vine Baptist Church 2008 Marigny St. NOLA on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Jeanjacques, Pastor. Visitation at 9:00a.m. (until Funeral Time). Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery 4000 Norman Mayer Ave. NOLA Professional Services entrusted to Majestic Mortuary 504-523-5872.
September 3, 1942 - November 18, 201909/03/194211/18/2019
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