Clarence Albert Hollingsworth Sr.

December 4, 1936August 8, 2013

Clarence Albert Hollingsworth Sr. of Athens GA died August 8, 2013.. He was born December 4, 1936 in Murray County Ga. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp s. He also served as an US Army Chaplain, and while in Vietnam he earned a Bronze Star in combat, which is very rare for a Chaplain. He was awarded the Army Commendation and the Vietnam Service Medal. Reverend Hollingsworth received a Bachelors of Arts in History from Shorter College and a Master of Divinity from Emory University and did Doctoral graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gail Hollingsworth; sister, Nancy (Mike) Sparkman; brothers, David (Pat) Hollingsworth & Richard (Barbara) Hollingsworth; sons, Al Hollingsworth, Luke Hollingsworth & John Hollingsworth; daughter, Kimberlee (Alan) Pogue; granddaughters, Ashley Hollingsworth, Emily Pogue, & Whitley Hollingsworth; grandsons, Colton Hollingsworth and Elijah Pogue. Rev .Hollingsworth had a career spanning over 30 years in service to God as a pastor, leading several churches of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and in Tacoma, Washington. He also served on the faculty at Young Harris College & Georgia Military College. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 12 at 11 am at Patterson’s Spring Hill Chapel; entombment will follow at Westview Abbey. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 until 7 pm at Spring Hill. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for the rebuilding of Oconee Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6707, Athens, GA 30604 (706) 543-1327 ( or Southwest Christian Care, the Hospice facility that lovingly took him in during his final days, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291 (770) 969-8354 ( Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2013

Clarence Albert Hollingsworth Sr.

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Colton Hollingsworth

January 28, 2014

Thank y'all for these pryars and hopes we all pray that Gail gets the love she needs to help her fill better.

Mary Cantrell

August 15, 2013

Nancy, when I saw the obituary, I knew it had to be your brother... I am so sorry. My only brother died four years ago, and a tiny needlepoint pillow he gave me is still on the couch in the LR -- "A Brother's Love is Forever". It's been many years since we were friends, but I'll always remember you and the great times we had in Atlanta, or weekends in Rome or South Georgia!

August 12, 2013

Gail and Family, I was saddened to read of Holly's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort,healing, and God's protection as you continue on life's way. Jeanne K. Briscoe

August 12, 2013

Gail& family! We were so sorry to hear about Clarence. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Nancy & Dennis Argo

Tammy Newman

August 12, 2013

You and your family have been in my prayers and will continue to be. My heart is heavy for all of you. Even though you know your dad is with the Lord, I know you still feel his absence here and miss him so much. My love to all of you. May God comfort you all and give you peace.

Larry Kirk

August 12, 2013

I did not know Mr. Hollingsworth personally but I worked with Luke for years my condolences to the family.

August 11, 2013

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your brother. I have thought of you often and remember the fun times we had when we lived on Peachtree Street.
Liz Burroughs Brewer

Robert / Montine Davis

August 11, 2013

Holly will always have a special place in our heart. He married us on Oct 18 1963 at Gordon's Chapel United Methodist Church. Gail, we have thought of you and your family often. Just think of the lives that Holly touched, his life meant something, he made a difference. Love to you all!

Paul & Sheila Leverett

August 11, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Preacher Hollingsworth's death.

Guy Dean Benson

August 10, 2013

Sending sympathy and love to the family of Rev Clarence Hollingsworth, who was pastor of my church(Holly Springs Methodist, Pendergrass,GA) from 1960-1962.
Six members were added to our church roll during his time with us. I have fond memories and appreciate his service to Christ's Church,
Guy Dean (Parks) Benson, Jefferson, GA