HOLMES, Pete, Jr.

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Last Name
Given Names
Pete, Jr.
Harris, John
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Memphis, Tennessee
Residence (US)
Oakland, California
Residence (JT)
Cottage 06
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
Information on __Source of Death
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
Stenographer (Maaga) Medic Training/ Pathologist/ Bus driver/ IBM Operator/ Resp. Therapy
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
Government Income
Entry in Guyana
Occupation at __Jonestown
Senior Gardens committee (Jonestown photo, 7/12/1978)
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Non-Temple Relatives
Family Tree
“Rest in peace dad, from your children: Phillip Holmes Shirlethia Holmes Mark Holmes Sharon Holmes Lonnie Shelton Holmes all your grand, great grand kids. ” - Lonnie Shelton Holmes

“Dear Daddy, I am still in disbelief years later that this tragedy occurred. I remember the last time I spoke to you was when you and Regina were on your way over to Guyana after my birthday in March 1978. I remember saying don't work too hard in those fields. I was really being facetious but those words will always hunt me. I should have said "I love you " but I was still angry about my graduation coat you did not get me. I was also angry that you were taking Regina over there and she did not want to go. Aunt Verdella thought because she was 14 years old and pregnant she should go to Guyana. I can not believe we lost you and almost a whole generation of children, I had to actually sit down finally this year 2012 to admit that the Jonestown tragedy was a part of my life I did not like to talk about. But history almost repeated itself, I ran to a woman preacher who took me under her wing and ended up being a similar version of Jim. GOD intervened and after she and some of her members lied under oath and I almost received 23 years, God yet saved me again. Just like he did when Aunt Dorothy and I were schedule to arrive in Guyana for Christmas 1978 after the the birth of my daughter. Instead, we spent December 1978 going to funerals back to back as the bodies were sent at different times. I don't know what happen and how it happened because I know Charles Wesley, Sharon Johnson, Verdella Duncan, Sonji Regina Duncan, Betty Daniels, and the children Marcus, Marice Perkins, Steve Daniels III and Ebony Latrice Duncan (Regina's new born)would not knowingly drink a poison substance and neither would you. How could so many of our family members leave us at the same time. I know how strong you all were. I can not say the same for my foster family, Tom and Silvia Grubbs and the kids Kelly and Kevin. I remember as a child living with them Jim's word was law in the house. But I know that you are all in the arms of God so I need not worry about you but worry about my journey here on earth until the Lord calls me home to be with all of you including my brother your son Phillip who left here on December 10th,2010. I miss all of you. Your mother Emma Koountz (Granny) and your sisters the twins Rosetta and Veatta Koountz and your brother John Koountz. Even typing this remembrance I get teary eyes. Tyrone Duncan and I are the only surviving ex-members living as embarrassing as it may feel to me. I am a half a century old and it all seems like yesterday to me. WOW! Daddy I can remember when Jim did those drills with the juice up in Ukaiah, CA. I never in a million years would have thought he was actually going to ever lace the drinks. We all would drink it because if members in the Peoples Temple, saw that you did not drink they would tell Jim and you would be brought up on Wednesday night catharsis. Looking back as a child I was so scared of Jim. Now I know why. Reflecting back is cleansing but yet still painful and I don't quite understand why it is after so many years. Oh! Cousin Melvin Johnson, probably is up in Heaven singing "Walk a mile in my shoes" as he did at People's Temple making everyone jump up out of their seats enjoying his beautiful voice. May the spirit of the Lord continue to Bless us all we travel through these tumultuous times until we see you all again. I love you Daddy! Shirletha Holmes ” - Shirletha Holmes

A Daughter�s Letter ” - Shirletha Holmes