Barbara Dale Hollingsworth

Barbara Dale Hollingsworth, 72, whose passion for education and justice drove her to success in teaching, coaching and
law, died January 15, 2018, after a multi-year battle with cancer. After completing law school at Campbell College, Barbara
came to Cabarrus County to practice in 1983. In the late '80s, she opened her own law firm in Concord, one of few women,
if not the only one, in solo practice at the time. Though only 5-foot-3 and soft-spoken in everyday life, she had a wry wit
and formidable presence when advocating for clients and causes. Specializing in family law, personal injury and worker's
compensation, Barbara was passionate about serving people in need, especially women facing divorce, child custody,
domestic violence and child support. Barbara also took a deep interest in the community, from being an early volunteer
and longtime financial contributor to CVAN, the battered women's shelter, to taking a longtime leadership role at
Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church. Born January 19, 1945, to Maurine and James "Pete" Hollingsworth, Barbara grew
up with an older sister, Lillian, on the family's cotton farm near Oak Grove, La. After high school (salutatorian), she earned
a bachelor's in physical education at Louisiana Tech, a master's in the same field at Louisiana State and a doctorate in
education at Florida State. She became Florida State's first women's basketball coach when she started a club team that
played other schools in 1970-71. After Florida State, she taught physical education and coached women's basketball for eight
years at Mars Hill College, where she was also the school's first women's athletic director. When inducted into the school's
Hall of Fame in 1993, she was the winningest basketball coach (men or women) in school history. After making law review
at Campbell and graduating in 1983, Barbara went on to practice law until 2008. She represented a wide range of clients out
of offices in Concord and Harrisburg, ran for district court judge, became a certified mediator and served as executive
director of the Children's Law Center in Charlotte. Barbara and Pauline M. Tulson became life partners in 2000 and were
married in Washington, D.C., in 2014, before gay marriage was legal in N.C. They had a rich life together, visiting their
families, watching sports events, traveling the world and enjoying their beloved felines, Buddy-the-Cat and Flash. Barbara
is survived by Pauline; her nephew Randy Lee (Georgette); nieces Kali, Madi and Christie and their families; and cousins
Gena Dickinson, Mary Mills and many, many more cousins. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Dr. J. Stuart Salmon,
nurse Patty Vanderplow and the rest of the staff at the Levine Cancer Institute's University location. Heartfelt thanks also
go to Palliative Care of Levine Cancer Institute; Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region; and family, friends and
neighbors who have supported Barbara and Pauline through Barbara's illness. A service in honor of Barbara will be held at
3 p.m. Sunday, January 21, at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, 28262. A
reception will follow at the site. For anyone seeking to make a donation in Barbara's honor, the family recommends:
Piedmont UU, noted above, and Hospice & Palliative Care, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC, 28204.

Source: Charlotte Observer
Date: Jan. 19, 2018

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