John Sherwood Holmes, III

John Sherwood Holmes III passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021.  John was a respected agent and financial advisor with the New York Life Insurance Company for 22 years. John began his career in financial services in 1996 with the brokerage firm Paine Webber.

As a proud New York Life agent, registered representative and investment advisory representative (IAR) John not only excelled in the business, he gave back to the industry he loved.  He was president of the local chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) from 2006 – 2007, President of NAIFA Tennessee from 2010-2011, as well as Trustee of the National Chapter of NAIFA.  He was current president of the local chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals.

John was also the current Political Involvement Leader for the Knoxville General Office, and in that role has visited with many congressional members and senators at both the state and federal levels to provide them with information of importance to the financial industry.  In his 22 years with New York Life, John won many awards, and was honored to be a member of various councils within the company recognizing his achievements.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Joann Mitchell Holmes and John S. Holmes, Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN.  He is survived by his companion of 14 years, Annette Bongers, and her son, Aiden Rutter.  They were his family.  He is also survived by one aunt, Betty Mitchell Barham of Virginia.

John had a passion for cars, and recently restored a 1965 British Land Rover.  He also was an avid gardener and was an exceptional cook.  John enjoyed biking and loved spending time outdoors.

His death is a tremendous loss to his family, as well as his many friends, and clients.

Burial will be 1:00 PM Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery.

An online guestbook for the Holmes family is available at

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