On a cold winter day, Willie James Holmes, affectionately known as Manson, was welcomed into the world by Willie Mae Chainey Lee and Isaiah Holmes on January 27, 1943 in Winchester, Arkansas. Willie was the oldest child of eleven siblings. As time proceeded, Willie received his formal education in Reed, Arkansas. He accepted Christ at an early age. As the years swiftly passed, Willie married Lacy Kinermon, a wife of forty-seven years. They had been loving companions. Their love produced a beautiful princess named Caroline and a loving daughter Rossetta from a previous relationship.
Willie’s family was the pride and joy of his life. In his treasure chest, here on earth, he had jewels of children and grandchildren. More precious than diamonds, emeralds, or rubies were his most prized possessions. His daughters Rosetta, Caroline, Ann, and stepson Barry. Devoted grandfather to Shamera, Vernita, Vernell, Travonna, Kevin Jr., and Kenyetta; Four godchildren Talojia Hatcher, Kevin Mitchell, Vincent Moreno, and Jonas Waters. Willie’s family and friends affectionately knew him by many names, but most commonly called him Manson, grandpa, gramps, and daddy.
Willie was very talented with his hands. He was an entrepreneur and a well-known general contractor in San Diego, CA (a self-made man). He continued to expand his career to US Airways as an aircraft mechanic for thirty-two years, giving his time and talent abundantly, until retiring in 2006. Willie formed the “Monday’s Men Club,” which made him a social butterfly within the group. Brother BO BO, Danny, Mr. Campbell, Stony, Joey, Blake, Terry Rich, Tony, Robert Moore, and Hannibal. They would watch boxing, wrestling, football, and play cards. They would often talk about classic cars. Willie was a proud owner of several antique cars. Willie’s hobbies included fishing and working on his classic, antique cars, and watching his favorite basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Working as a servant of the Lord with integrity and great honor for years, Willie was dedicated and committed to volunteering, distributing food at the church twice a month on Saturdays. He was part of the backbone of the food bank. Always greeting everyone with a friendly smile and words of encouragement.
Willie said Precious, Priceless, Pristine, Pure, Prized and Perfect – this is what a father-daughter bond looks like in words. A responsible and intelligent daughter like you is the most important contribution a father can make to this world. I’m glad I was one of the lucky few. Caroline, thank you for loving and taking caring me throughout my life’s journey.
To my best friend and Brother Blake for thirty-two years, I just wanted to express how much I appreciate your support. Thank you for being there for me. My dear friend, thanks for walking with me when I needed support. Thanks for walking ahead of me when I needed guidance and thanks for walking behind me when I needed someone to watch my back. I had the privilege of having such a supportive brother and best friend. I am beyond blessed to have had you in my life. You gave me your shoulder to lean on when I was down, a piece of your mind when I was out of control, your hand to help me move on and your heart to heal all my worries. Thanks, your brother and best friend.
To my nephew Tony Mac, thank you for being the son I never had. Loving, caring, and sticking by my side. “Thanks!” does not even begin to express the deep gratitude I have for what you have done. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for helping me when I needed a helping hand. You were a blessing in my life. Thank you for what you gave me and did for me constantly. I also thank God for putting you in my life. Thank you... My Son & Loving Nephew.
Thank you Mo for being the friend and expressing your kindness I eternally respect and appreciate you.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents Willie Mae Chainey Lee and Isaiah Holmes, as well as four siblings; Mary Lee, Arthur Lee, Annie Jean Lee-Burton, and Chester Ray Lee. His memory will be forever cherished by his two daughters Rosetta Racy of Winchester, AR, Caroline Roman of San Diego, CA; two step-children Ann, and Barry; four brothers Jessie (Bobo) Dew of Oceanside, CA, James A. Lee, Jr., and Roy Lee of Mitchellville, AR, and Levon Lee of Pine Bluff, AR; Josephine Appleberry of Phonix, AZ; Six grandchildren Shamera Roman of San Diego, CA, Vernita Racy-Dedrick of Conway, AR, Vernell Rashad Racy of Tahlequah, OK, Travonna Casey (Rex) of Charolette, NC, Kenyetta (Ka’Ron) Wilson of San Diego, CA, and Kevin West, Jr. of Indianapolis, IN. Best friends Terry and Blake. Also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and close friends.