|“Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” –I Corinthians 15:8
Unlike the Apostle Paul, Johnny Hollingsworth was born into a parsonage family and grew up as a Christian. Like the great missionary, he responded to God’s call to special ministerial responsibility late in life. It was to be a ministry of quality rather than quantity, for death came after only six years in the pastoral ministry.
Brother Hollingsworth served for twenty years in the United States Air Force, and it was during the latter years of his military service that he felt called to the ministry. He was a member of the Barksdale United Methodist Church, where he taught a Sunday School class for several years and held almost every important administrative office at one time or another. This increasing involvement led to a growing awareness of his call, so it was understandable that his retirement from military service was followed almost immediately by the beginning of his ministry. He served two appointments, the Wesley-Keithville Charge and Greenwood-Bethany Charge. Meanwhile he continued to work on his formal education and was near graduation from centenary College when illness intervened.
Johnny Hollingsworth had a knack for working with people, and this ability was at the heart of his ministry. He knew how to give comfort and support to those in need, and he was able to lead persons of differing viewpoints to work together harmoniously. An intense desire to help people was the driving force of his life. To this ministry he added a testimony of faith in his last months through the calm assurance with which he greeted death.
He is survived by his father and one brother, by his wife, the former Marjorie
Wakeling of Ipswich, England, a daughter, Mrs. James Edwards, two sons, Robert and John, and four grandchildren. He was born February 10, 1919. He died January 5, 1975.
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee, by faith, before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus be forever blessed. Alleluia.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 181 By L.Ray Branton|