MARCA C. HOLMON- The Psalmist David records the precious promise of God, "I will guide thee with mine eyes;" the promise was fulfilled in the life of Marca C. Holmon.
Marca C. Holmon was born June 24, 1934 in Buffalo, NY to the late Willie and Anna Holmon, the youngest of seven children. He fell asleep in Jesus on Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Father's Day), after a lengthy illness.
He is preceded in death by five siblings: Vernice Huggins, Josie Little, Alberta Holmon, Joe Davis and Ernest Davis.
On July 15, 1956, he married Elizabeth Durham and to this union, one child was born, Mark Craig, who also preceded Marca in death.
The Holmon family was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1954 under the Pastorate of Elder Russell T. Wilson.
Marca's education was attained in the Buffalo Public School System. In 1984, he earned an AAS from Erie Community College South Campus. In 1986, Marca obtained a BS in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo and in 1987, a certificate in Programming from the Advanced Training Center.
With a deep abiding love of the Lord, you would find Marca holding down several positions within the church. He began working in the Cradle Roll Department alongside the late Theresa Brown as a teacher. His reasoning for starting in the cradle roll was to be alongside his son. As he told his wife, "You can sing in the choir; I'm working in the Cradle Roll Department to be with my baby boy!"
Other positions he held were Adult Sabbath School Teacher, Personal Ministries Director, Stewardship Director, Deacon, Choir Member, and Elder. Marca was an Elder for 36 years. Of those years, he was First Elder at Emmanuel Temple and Fountain of Life Churches. In the absence of a pastor, he held the church together for eight months. He and Robert Grissom, Sr. were the first elders to start the Spirit of Prophecy classes held at the church. In addition, in absence of a pastor, he rallied the members around him to come up with $15,000 to purchase a much needed furnace.
When he wasn't working in his various church roles, you would find him giving bible studies and making hospital visits. He was always at members and non-members funerals, taking an active part.
He always greeted people with a word from the Lord. When he would go to gas stations, doctor's offices and stores, he would leave tracts and books. When his wife would visit the doctor's office and see one of our books, she would say, "My husband has been here!"
In his spare time, you would find him reading. He enjoyed bowling and mentoring the young men of the church.
Marca leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife of over 62 years: sister, Carnella Holmon of Huntsville, AL; adopted brother, Cornelius Rawles; adopted cousin, Conrad (Felicity) Phillips of Buffalo, NY; Godchildren: Michelle (Kosley) Joseph of Rockingham, Virginia, Kevin (Sheila) Holman of Rochester, NY, Carolyn Chisim, Eliot Birdsong, Linda Winfield, and Vivian McNeal, all of Buffalo, NY; very good friends: Brenda (Fred) Reaces of Lockport, NY, Carol Dozier and Tommie Reynolds, both of Buffalo, NY; special friend, Zack (Juanita) McClendon of Huntsville, AL; his colleague of Elders: Ronald Dozier of Columbus, Ohio, Linval Foster of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Norris Weathington of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Robert Grisson Sr of Rossville, Georgia and David Brinsko of Buffalo, NY and a host of special nieces, nephews, friends and a loving church family.
Family will receive friends 11:00 am, Monday, June 24, 2019 at Emmanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church, 300 Adams St., Buffalo, NY. Funeral to follow at 12 noon. Interment Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg, NY