Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


From teaching to singing, Deacon Terry Holmer served Douglasville community

Published March 3, 2016

DOUGLASVILLLE—Deacon Terry M. Holmer, who served at St. Theresa Church, in Douglasville, died Tuesday, Feb. 2. He was 60 years old.

Deacon Terry Holmer

Deacon Terry Holmer

Born Sept. 5, 1955, in East Chicago, Indiana, Deacon Holmer served the Catholic community and others before and since his ordination on Feb. 2, 2002.

He died as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident in Douglasville.

At the time of his death, Deacon Holmer worked as “the very customer-focused” parts manager for Heritage Volkswagen, his family wrote. He had worked for decades in that field. Previously, he worked for 10 years as an emergency medical technician and firefighter. He enjoyed working on his hobbies, particularly computer science and as a choir member of the Douglas County Chamber Singers.

He served the parish community of St. Theresa Church for over 25 years. Before seeking to become a deacon, as a parish member he could be found sharing the faith. He taught seventh grade in the parish school of religion and worked in youth ministry in confirmation formation. Deacon Holmer was a leader in the music ministry also. When he was ordained, he said his interest was in serving returning Catholics, youth ministry and engaged couples.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Gabriela Holmer, and granddaughter, Emily, of Atlanta; his parents, Terry and Marianne Holmer, of Villa Rica; and his brother, Tim Holmer, of Colorado. His sister, Susan Wild, is deceased.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 8 at St. Theresa Church, followed by burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church cemetery in Carrollton.