Duane Eugene Holmes

June 27, 1953 ~ June 3, 2019 (age 65)


Duane E. Holmes, age 65, of Helen, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019.

Duane was born on June 27, 1953 to the late Eugene and Margaret Holmes in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in Vinings with his older brother Mel Holmes and older sister Cheryl Holmes now Cheryl Ellard.

Duane’s surviving family members are his wife of 40 years, Susan Holmes; sons Ryan Holmes and Blake Holmes; daughter-in-law Jana Holmes; baby girl (first grandchild due October 13, 2019); sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Palmer Ellard; brother and sister-in-law, Mel and Ellen Holmes.

Duane followed in his father’s footsteps and became a residential home contractor in the Vinings area. In 1989 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and sons and worked as a partner with Sports and Fitness, Inc., building and managing health clubs and later managing and building golf courses. In 2002 Duane and Susan returned to Georgia and have lived in Helen where Duane once again became a residential home contractor.

There will not be a traditional funeral service for Duane, but rather a celebration of his life. It will be held on Saturday, June 15th at the Camp of Colors, 3186 Dawsonville Hwy., Dahlonega, GA 30533. The celebration will start at 11:00 AM, with a BBQ picnic and fellowship to follow. Dress is casual.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Helen Arts and Heritage Center: 25 Chattahoochee Street, PO Box 390, Helen, Georgia 30545 To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit

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