Dancyville to Dusseldorf, Germany
The Road traveled by Eugene Holmes
By: Jerry Wilson
||The road traveled by world renowned Baritone
and opera star, Eugene Holmes, actually
had its beginning near the Dancyville community of Haywood County.
This story began when Debbie Sterbinsky, a Haywood County Genealogy Genie, was presented with a German newspaper that featured a man born in Brownsville, Tennessee.
That was the extent of the information available when this story began to unfold.
During the quest for information, much interesting history and accounts of his life began to unfold thanks in part to relatives Evelyn Jones and Clinton Thomas.
was born in Haywood County near the Dancyville Community March 7, 1934. He was the
youngest of 15 siblings born to Charlie and Mary Dotson Holmes. His mother passed away
when Holmes was a small boy. According to Evelyn Jones, his sisters tried to care for the
children but were unsuccessful and the children eventually moved in different directions
with family members. A sister moved to St. Louis when Holmes was in the second or third
grade at the Dancyville School and he moved with her.
|Eugene Holmes left a great legacy with his
passing January 19,2007, in Germany
where he lived with his German born wife, Katja. They left no children. He was laid to rest on Friday, January 26, 2007, in the Northern Cemetery of Dusseldorf, Germany.
There are only four of the remaining Holmes siblings that include Kelsy, Mozell,
Barbara and Roxanna
The Brownsville States-Graphic
February 26, 2009 Edition ~ Used by permission
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Posted March 27, 2009