Betty R. Holmes

Betty R. Holmes

Betty R. Holmes, 90, of Carterville, formerly of Anna and Cairo, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 10:23 a.m. in Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1931, in Portageville, Mo., a daughter of Chester and Wilma Shumaker Riley.  

She married James F. Holmes on June 15, 1951, in Piggott, Ark.. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2019, after 68 years of marriage.  

She retired after working for many years as manager of Shawnee Enterprises.  She was a member of Carterville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (Gary) Grimm of Columbiana, Ohio; two grandsons, Stephen Grimm and Gerard (Chelsea) Grimm; two great-grandsons, Gibson and Sulivan; her brother, Chester (Phyllis) Riley; and two sisters, Dewonda Pfieffer and Willine Thetford.

She was preceded in death by her parents and  by her husband, James.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Crain Funeral Home-Egyptian Chapel in Energy.  Burial followed in Mound City National Cemetery.  

Memorials can be made to Carterville United Methodist Church.

Crain Funeral Home-Egyptian Chapel in Energy was in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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