Celebrating over 40 years of service
Holmes Company offers long-haul, regional and Logistics Services to our customers allowing us the opportunity to meet any need they may have. To accomplish this, we hire only the “BEST” experienced and qualified drivers in the market place. We have one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry. Along with the trucking experience in our organization, we contribute our success to hard work and dedication to our people and our customers. Our people are our greatest asset. —The Holmes Company IS OUR PEOPLE.
In Loving Memory of Nancy Sawyer, a Pioneer of the Trucking Industry
Nancy Ann Marus Sawyer, 76, went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2021. If you'd like to make a donation in memory of Nancy, please send all donations to: Mississippi Trucking Association Foundation 825 North President Street Jackson, MS 39202
Born Nancy Ann Marus in Pine Bluff, AR on May 10, 1944, Nancy was determined and resourceful from an early age.
From sewing her own clothes, to creating a legacy of countless accolades, Nancy is infamous throughout the industry for her drive, and the kind of expertise that only comes with years of first-hand experience.
She began driving in the 1960s with her husband, Vernon, before going on to drive her own truck in a time in which it was unheard of for a woman to do so.
“I met Nancy when they each had a cabover White Freightliner leased to Melton Truck Lines. Her truck was pink with a pink flatbed. The year was 1969, Nancy had come into town to pick up a load of plywood as I was leaving with a load. She was about 24 years old at the time. She was a good driver, did her job like a professional. She has always been very actively involved in the business.”
Raising two children, while maintaining a marriage and running a business sounds overwhelming to most people, but Nancy was cut from a different cloth.
She and her husband went on to found Vernon Sawyer, Inc., which eventually grew to operate five hundred trucks, and she was integral to that growth and success.
They sold their business and Holmes was lucky to have the Sawyers join the team.
First Vernon, then Nancy, and later Kevin, then Lisa, the Sawyer/Halley family has made an incredibly positive impact upon the progression of Holmes in the industry, and longevity of the business as a whole. Whether it was cooking a surprise Friday breakfast for the Office, or buying out employee’s fundraisers, Nancy was always first in line to show support in the community. She never shied away from taking the time to do what needed to be done to make life better, no matter where she was, and she made lasting friendships everywhere she went.
“She had everyone’s best interest at heart . Sometimes she was hard on me but her goal was to make me better and help me be successful .”
“She was legendary. She was the strongest, most generous, Christian woman I knew.”
“Nancy has been with us for 16 or 17 years, and she was a positive part of both my business and personal life.”
“She was an excellent teacher, and had her own way of getting the best out of her employees.”
“She was 100% with everything she did, and that included loving people. If she believed in you, no one could tell her any different.”
Through these activities, she has impacted incalculable people. Her legacy will have such a wide reach that the world may never know its true impact. Her strength, tenacity, and love for family will be remembered forever.
“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.”
– Ronald Reagan