Dr. Frank R. Hollingsworth Jr.
Dr. Frank R. Hollingsworth Jr., who founded the local substance abuse treatment agency West Michigan Therapy Inc., has died at age 89.
Hollingsworth, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, died Tuesday. He was a retired United Methodist pastor and substance abuse counselor.
He founded West Michigan Therapy in 1985 and served as executive director until he retired in 1995. West Michigan Therapy continues to provide the Muskegon area with substance abuse treatment services, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.
Current executive director Lewis Churchwell, who was once a client at West Michigan Therapy, said Hollingsworth had the gift to "look at people and empower them to do the job they were ordained to do."
Hollingsworth mentored and trained Churchwell, becoming like a second father to him.
Churchwell described Hollingsworth as a "quiet, tenacious, loving, humble, gentle, fair man with the wisdom of Solomon."
"He was a small man in stature, but he was a giant in spirit," he said. "Muskegon lost a giant."
Hollingsworth enjoyed gardening, golf, bowling and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He often took them to Michigan's Adventure amusement park.
His son-in-law, Terrence Wehner, described Hollingsworth as being formerly very active, exercising at the YMCA three times a week.
Hollingsworth is survived by his wife, Barbara; nine children, Frank "Rob" Hollingsworth, Sandra Howard, Jan Hollingsworth, Dennis Eely, Tamara Vandeweg, George Eely, Denise Mueller, Timothy Eely and Angela Wehner; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A service is planned for 3 p.m. Friday at Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, 370 Vista Terrace.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Therapy.
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"He was a small man in stature, but he was a giant in spirit. Muskegon lost a giant."
-- Lewis Churchwell, Executive Director of West Michigan Therapy
Source:Muskegon Chronicle, The (MI)
Date: June 9, 2011
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