Holmes Nathaniel Smith Jr. was born on June 15, 1969, in Columbia to Frances Elizabeth Smith and the late Master Sgt. Holmes Nathaniel Smith Sr.
Holmes was a proud 1987 graduate of Keenan High School in Columbia. He received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 1995.
On Sept. 19, 1998, he was joined in holy matrimony to the former Tonia Mallett of Manning. They were blessed with three wonderful boys who love and adore their father.
Holmes was a member of Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church in Alcolu.
He worked in law enforcement for nearly 20 years serving as a police officer for the City of Manning, a game warden for Sumter County Department of Natural Services and a sheriff's deputy for the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, Holmes worked his final shift when God called His faithful servant home to receive his reward, for his work here on Earth is finished.
He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy of love: wife, Tonia Mallett Smith, and their three sons, Holmes "Smitty" Smith, Joshua Smith and Isaac Smith of Sumter; a son, Jaden Smith of Sumter; Jordan Blandon of Sumter, whom he cared for as a son; mother, Frances Elizabeth Smith of Columbia; sister, Rhonda (Marcus) Abrams of Columbia; aunt, Shirley Smith of Columbia; his in-laws, William (Ruth) Mallett of Manning; and a host of other friends and family.