Mary Holmes Pope Grimes

April 14, 1931 - September 16, 2022

04/14/1931 - 09/16/2022

Past Services

Thursday September 22, 2022
Following the service at the cemetery

Additional Information:

There will be a time to visit with the family at a reception at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parrish House following the service.

Thursday September 22, 2022
2:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Additional Information:

The Reverend Brian Benton will be officiating the service.

Mary Holmes Pope Grimes, 91, of Scotland Neck, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2022 at ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro.

Mary Holmes was born on April 14, 1931 to Bruce and Zora Bryan Pope in Scotland Neck. After graduating high school, she attended nursing school in Rocky Mount. She married the late John Winfred Grimes and they had four children. Mary Holmes worked as a bookkeeper for Josey Brothers for many years, she played the organ for several churches including Dawson Missionary Baptist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. As a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served as the Director of the Altar Guild. Mary Holmes loved to sit on the beach, read books and sit out in her backyard and listen to the birds sing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Bruce Harris Pope, Jr..

Mary Holmes is survived by three sons, John Timothy Grimes and his wife Georgia of Alliance, NE, William “Billy” Bruce Grimes and his wife Rebecca of Tarboro, Jesse Lee Grimes and his wife Ruth Ann of Garner; a daughter, Mary Gail Grimes Wade and her husband JP of Scotland Neck; five grandchildren and their spouses, Cynthia, Samantha (Chris), John (Sara), Mary Elizabeth, and Helen (Adam); and 8 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 2:00PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Scotland Neck with The Reverend Brian Benton officiating. There will be a time to visit with the family at a reception at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parrish House following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the music ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 372, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here or directly to the Scotland Neck Memorial Library, 1600 Main Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service ~ Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Grimes family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Perrin Gardner
1 year ago

Just now hearing about Mary Holmes. I have missed her these last few years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Nelson and Joy Haden
1 year ago

Jesse, RuthAnn, and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carol Moore
1 year ago

Prayers for all of you on your loss. I know she is playing some beautiful music on the organ in heaven as she did at Dawson’s Curch.

JP Wade
1 year ago

Mary Holmes, I am overjoyed that we became close these last few months. I cherish our wonderful visits on your porch. Your shared memories of buggy rides with your grandfather, bike rides with your brother, and the verdant, pastoral days of your youth are not to be forgotten.

1 year ago

I love you, Mama.