OBITUARY

Joyce R. Hollingsworth

July 18, 1940March 13, 2018
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Joyce R. Hollingsworth Mt. Juliet, TN Age 77, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Preceded in death by her parents, James A and Lorraine Rudd. Survived by her husband of 56 years, Bobby B. Hollingsworth; sons, Lin (Young) Hollingsworth and Robert (Beth) Hollingsworth; brother, Jim (Kathy) Rudd; grandchildren, Grant, Evan, Keith, Rachael and Maggie Hollingsworth. Joyce grew up in Old Hickory and was active in the DuPont Alumni Association. She was retired from Summit Medical Center and was a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family 4 - 8 pm Friday at the Funeral Home and 12 - 2 pm Saturday at Hermitage United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life Service at 2 pm. Rev. Gary Speight and Rev. Chris Seifert officiating. Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hermitage United Methodist Church. Visit the online obituary: www.hermitagefh.com. Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138. (615) 889-0361.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Evan hollingsworth, Active
  • Keith Hollingworth, Active
  • Rachael Hollingsworth, Active
  • Maggie Hollingsworth, Active
  • Shawn Rudd, Active
  • Bill Crosby, Active
  • DONATIONS

  • Hermitage United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joyce R. Hollingsworth

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Larry Smith

March 20, 2018

I have had many enjoyable times with you, Bobby, and Joyce. I want to relate a memory from almost 22 years ago. I had to have surgery and having had surgery several times in my life, I got to thinking that sooner or later I would not survive. I mean the odds were against me. I went to Summit Hospital to prepare for my surgery and had to undress and get into one of those drafty gowns. I was really tense and Joyce walked into my room. She realized I was fearful and proceeded to calm me down. With her soft voice she assured me she would take care of me. She talked to me several minutes and I felt better about what was about to happen. I have thought of that time often ever since. I think she was destined to be there for me. When they rolled me out, Joyce walked along beside me to the exit. I have visited that room many times since then and I always hoped Joyce would be my Nurse. Thank you Joyce.

Jim Rudd

March 20, 2018

Joyce was a special sister. She stood by me during the worst times of my life and we shared during the best times of my life. I'm so thankful that she and Bob were able to be with Kathy and me a month ago and we had so many laughs. I'm glad that I was able to share that last time together and we did quite a lot during their short visit. Bob has always been like a brother to me and I've never heard him say an unkind word toward anyone. I remember throwing my rolled-up socks at my sister, when we were little, just before she went to sleep. I remember her protecting me when we both went to Andrew Jackson School. I remember all of her Valentine banquets at Trevecca. I remember driving Joyce to her wedding. I remember me catching our grandmother, Mama Lee reading Joyce's love letters. Joyce always looked like she was ready to have her picture taken. Joyce never struggled with her faith. She was my duet and quartet partner. She was a rock! Joyce loved her family more than words can tell. We shared thousands of meals, Christmas and gatherings. My memories of my sister are nothing short of phenomenal. I miss my sister but I'm so glad she's in a better place without pain or suffering. I imagine she's already seen our grandparents and dad and mom. It won't be long before I'll be taking that journey too. I told Bob during the visitation line that they sure had a lot of friends but they sure were old. He told me I was getting old too so he put me in my place. Joyce, Bob, Kathy and I have laughed together and at each other so much. Wow, to be in God's glory must be so wonderful. I really miss my sister. She died too young. My desire now is for BOTH our families to meet again, as a complete unit, one day in heaven. Being a Christian makes all this so much more endurable. Praise God!

Jason Sharpe

March 17, 2018

Bob, I stopped by for visitation but could not stay. I will always remember the times Joyce would sit in the airbrush shop on some of those weekends when Opryland wasn't as busy, and talk. She was an amazing woman. Her smile, the sourdough bread, and love were things I will always remember with a smile. I am sorry for your loss, but thankful for the Bible's promise that you will see her again. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. My life is better for having experienced some of my life with you two.

Linda Powell

March 17, 2018

Bob, I am so glad to have had that good phone conversation with Joyce (and you), about a month ago-- and glad to have spent time with you at the hospital. Your sorrow must be both curse and blessing: curse because you are hurting so much now-- but blessing, too, because you know where she is and that, as you wrote in Joyce' s senior yearbook, you know you will meet again "on that beautiful shore." So sorry to miss the funeral and to miss seeing, JIM RUDD. I am leaving soon to fly to Florida to visit Joyce's only remaining first cousin of the five Shanklin siblings, Aunt Mayme. My condolences, also, to your children and grandchildren.

Sandra Stone Watwood

March 16, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish that I could be there to share in the celebration of her life. I have fond memories of our high school days together in Old Hickory. May God give you strength and comfort in these difficult days.

April Sisco

March 16, 2018

So sorry Bob, Lin , and Robert she will be missed by all . We love you guys April Lynn Tuverson Sisco

Linda Boone

March 15, 2018

There are so many good memories we shared, I don't have any bad memories of Joyce. She was a special person and a dear sweet friend. I love her and always will. She lives on in my heart and my memories. We had such wonderful times going out to eat and laughing at all of Bob's stories. Bob you and Joyce had a special kind of love and I know you miss her more than you can say. Praying for you and your family. Love you Joyce and miss you. Thanks for being my friend all these years.

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Biography

Joyce R. Hollingsworth
Mt. Juliet, TN
Age 77, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Preceded in death by her parents, James A and Lorraine Rudd.
Survived by her husband of 56 years, Bobby B. Hollingsworth; sons, Lin (Young) Hollingsworth and Robert (Beth) Hollingsworth; brother, Jim (Kathy) Rudd; grandchildren, Grant, Evan, Keith, Rachael and Maggie Hollingsworth.
Joyce grew up in Old Hickory and was active in the DuPont Alumni Association. She was retired from Summit Medical Center and was a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church.
Visitation with the family 4 - 8 pm Friday at the Funeral Home and 12 - 2 pm Saturday at Hermitage United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life Service at 2 pm. Rev. Gary Speight and Rev. Chris Seifert officiating.
Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hermitage United Methodist Church. Visit the online obituary: www.hermitagefh.com. Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138. (615) 889-0361.