Kim Renee Holmes was born August 28, 1974 to Wilhemina F. Chaplin in Beaufort, SC. Throughout the community, she was known as “Big Kem” and most recently “The Crab Lady.”
Early in her life, Kim received Christ as her Lord and Savior at Ebenezer Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend James G. Stokes. Upon returning to South Carolina, she became a faithful member of Bethesda Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth C. Doe on St. Helena Island. There, she serve as a devoted member of the Usher Board, Kitchen Ministry, Women’s Ministry and Event Planning Commitee and was always willing to assist whenever she was needed.
Kim received her early education at St. Helena Elementary School and her diploma from Beaufort High School, Class of 1992.
Upon graduating, Kim enlisted in the United States Army. She dutifully served for 10 years, earning numerous awards for her exemplary service in both the States and overseas to include: Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (2nd award), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Award, as well as accolades for her culinary arts skills.
After her tenure in the military, Kim dedicated her life to her children and her community. She was a member of various organizations, to include but not limited to: The American Legion Auxiliary, The Women’s Auxiliary, South Pine Ladies’ Union, Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) Youth Services, Senior Citizens Community Outreach, and Order of Eastern Stars.
Kim enjoyed celebrating the life of others, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with loved ones, especially her children. She made sure that her children knew that she loved them and gave them her full attention. Kim was known for her giving spirit and caring heart. Her warm smile and always helpful hand will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
On the morning of June 20, 2019 at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, the Lord called His beautiful angel, Kim R. Holmes, to take her from labor to reward. Kim was preceded in death by her mother and sister, Vernell Smalls.
She now leaves to admire her memories and love: four children, Kayla S. Holmes, Bernard K. Holmes, Kenard W. Holmes, Kasia A. Fields all of St. Helena Island, SC; a doting special grandson who brought her laughter and joy, Mason L. Dorsey; she was blessed to also have seven surviving siblings: Doris C. Johnson, Luther D. Chaplin, Patricia A. Stephens, Calvin Chaplin, Sr., Sharon D. Griffin and Jimmy T. Chaplin; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, to include four god children: Britany K. Watson, Taiwan K. Watts, Jr., Kamaria A. Johnson and a remarkable aunt, Alethia Gadson.