site image


Rev. Sylvester A. Holmes

October 28, 1930 ~ February 23, 2018 (age 87)

Rev. Sylvester A. "Rip" Holmes, 87, of McKeesport on Friday, February 23, 2018 in Kane Regional Center.

Born October 28, 1930 in McKeesport, son of the late Clarence and Sadie Staley Holmes.  Preceded in death by his son, Thomas C. Holmes and brother, Wendell Holmes.

He was a member and associate minster of Zion Baptist Church and a former pastor of Morningstar Baptist Church in Scottdale. He served in the US Air Force and on the McKeesport Police Department for 24 years as a patrolman, detective, Public Housing Patrol, Commander, and Assistant Chief of Police.  His affiliations included: the Pittsburgh Baptist Ministers Conference, American Legion Post #666, Booker T. Washington Lodge# 218, I.B.P.O.E.W., F.B.I. National Associates Organization, the Allegheny County Police Chiefs Association, The Allegheny County F. O. P., Logde# 91, and the McKeesport O.I.C. and Mon Yough Human Services, Inc boards.

Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Clark Holmes of McKeesport; children, Ritchie A. Holmes of McKeesport, Petrie C. Holmes of Pittsburgh, and Vance C. Holmes of Minneapolis, MN; step-son, George Clark of Virginia Beach, VA; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 4-8 pm in Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust Street, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow in the McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.

Arrangements entrusted to the Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., McKeesport.

© 2019 Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS