Robert Wallace Hollingsworth

Published 11:32 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

UTICA — Robert Wallace “Bob” Hollingsworth, 92, of Utica died Monday, May 2, 2011, in Jackson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Utica Baptist Church. Burial will be at Utica City Cemetery with Masonic rites. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home and Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the service.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Hinds County and started his law enforcement career in the late 1940s with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, moving to Vicksburg in 1953. He later left the patrol and was employed with the City of Vicksburg as assistant police chief.

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He later worked for Anderson-Tully as a personnel and safety director, retiring with 21 years of service. He and his wife, Nan, moved to Utica in 1997 to live with his son, Jack (Linda) Hollingsworth. He was recently pictured in The Vicksburg Post as the oldest of four generations of a law enforcement family.

He was a member of Utica Baptist Church and the Paxton Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Hollingsworth worked at home with wood crafts. He loved deep-sea fishing and his Sunday school class at Utica Baptist Church but, most of all, he loved being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nan Hollingsworth; mother, Nannie Mae Hollingsworth; father, Neal Dillon Hollingsworth; stepmother, Florence Hollingsworth; and three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his children, Robert E. (Sandra) Hollingsworth of Vicksburg, Jack (Linda) Hollingsworth of Utica and Nannie Mae “Nan” (Everett) Catlin of Byram; sisters, Jeanette Baker of Byram and Fannie M. Rhodes of Pelahatchie; brothers, Julius Hollingsworth and Paul Hollingsworth, both of Byram; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be John Hollingsworth, Mike Hollingsworth, Mark Parkman, Gary Hurst, Wes Goode, Dale Hollingsworth, Bill Hopper, Ryan Catlin and Scott Catlin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Curtis, Dan Currie, Bob Currie, Johnny Holland, Dr. Keith Harris, Corky Smith, Tom Collins, Brent Johnson, Billy Sheffield and the men’s Bible class at Utica Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund at Hinds Community College in Raymond or to Utica Baptist Church in Utica.