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Marvin Holmes

Music was his passion and his life, and Marvin Eugene Holmes, better known as DJ Ice, found joy in doing what he loved most for more than two decades.

Mr. Holmes died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. He was 46.

Mr. Holmes was born on Aug. 20, 1965, in Meacham Park, to James Peal II and Juanita Holmes. He was the ninth of 13 children and grew up in a loving environment where he was inculcated with values of sharing — a principle he never gave up throughout his life, his brother the Rev. James Holmes said.

His family moved to Columbia in 1978; Mr. Holmes graduated from Hickman High School in 1983.

A born-again Christian, Mr. Holmes was known among his friends and family to be extremely gentle at heart, his brother said. He was always smiling and never disappointed anyone who approached him for help.

“He loved to be a DJ — I still remember how we started off together. He would DJ and I would dance," the Rev. James Holmes said. "His music and my lack of dancing skills pulled the crowds.”

Over the past seven years, Mr. Holmes’ popularity as a DJ "spread like wildfire," his brother said. All his weekends were booked and he played at several significant events like the Black and White Ball Columbia.

Mr. Holmes was also an artist. He often sketched portraits of people in the club while churning great music, a talent his six-year-old daughter Ashanti Holmes often imitated, his brother said.

His brother said Mr. Holmes, who was also know as "JST-ICE," was not only a fabulous DJ but also a doting father whose daughters were his "princesses."

Mr. Holmes is survived by his mother; his partner, Miranda Turner; three daughters, Tiffany Williams, Latisha Craig and Ashanti Holmes; six brothers, the Rev. James (Zena) Holmes, William Holmes, Gregory Holmes, James (Joyce) Peal, Jr., Michael (Hava) Simmons and Keith (Lisa) Holmes; six sisters, Karen (Corey) Holmes, Vickie Holmes, Rose Black, Jamesetta (Darell) Hunn, Dianna (John) Tyler and Patty (Kenny) Booth; and two grandchildren, Amariya Cain and Amani Cain.

His father died earlier.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO, 65203.

Services will be conducted by Roderick Williams Sr. at noon on Saturday at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Ave., Columbia, MO, 65203. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO, 65202.

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