Alvin Holmes was born in the Poplar Springs community in 1880, and is the son of the late John and
Carolina Jackson Holmes. He went to the common schools of his community four months at a time being
the longest term he ever attended. He completed what was then known as an 8th grade education.
In 1898 he was married to Vannie Taylor. She died in 1909. He was then married to Ethel Fowler in 1910. Mr. Holmes is the father of 12 children, six by each wife,
11 of them still living. He has been a farmer practically all his life, but has been considered a good carpenter and has had some business experience.
He was elected to the Henderson County Board of Education in 1925 and re-elected in 1932. In September 1932, he was elected chairman of the County Board of'
Education, and is without question, one of the most active chairmans in the entire state. His sole interest is in the education and general upbuilding of the teachers profession in the the entire county.
Nobody questions Alvin Holmes' fairness, honesty and integrity of purpose.