Brady Myron Holmes, Jr., born April 27, 1984, in Washington, D.C., to Brady Holmes, Sr. and Gloria Holmes-Ellison departed this world to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 34 on February 1, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia.
He was a 2002 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School and attended Virginia Commonwealth University. Brady was the beloved father to three beautiful children, Aiden, Zachery, and Natalia. Brady’s infectious smile and love for his children made him special. His family and the love of his life, Nicole, brought him so much love and joy. Brady enjoyed spending time with his family, playing video games with his kids, listening to music, having family game night, cracking jokes, and taking family vacations. His playful spirit, love for all things fun, and humor made Brady a joy to be around.
Brady was a devoted brother, son, and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father Brady Holmes, Sr. He is survived by his parents, Gloria Holmes-Ellison and Gregory Ellison, sisters, Kim Hopkins (Marquis), Kathryn Holmes, Madison Ellison; brothers, Mike Ellison (Iteka) Noah Ellison (Christy), and Shawn Ellison. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
As a young child, Brady loved the sport of wrestling, which provided unfair advantages during innocent sibling scuffles. Brady was a leader in the family, always encouraging people to try new things and take risks. Brady was even able to persuade his mother, Gloria, to listen to and even enjoy rap music, which was quite the accomplishment.
Brady was an extremely charismatic and outgoing man who enjoyed making everyone smile. His infectious smile would light up every room he entered. He was generous, kind, and loving. Brady was the kind of father that spent every moment engaged and involved. His greatest joy was his children. Brady knew the importance of making memories and loving all people. In recent months, Brady began attending Southside Church of the Nazarene where he began to see God’s full potential for his life as well as the lives of his children. One of Brady’s classic saying was, “Don’t cry. Dry your eye.” Although that will be virtually impossible knowing he is no longer with us, we will take comfort in knowing that Brady is spending eternity with the Jesus in heaven. He is now Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 8 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9 at the funeral home.