Bardell Oliver Hollingsworth


On Thursday, September 30, 1999, God called his tired sailor, Chief Warrant Officer 2, Ret., Bardell Oliver Hollingsworth, back to port.
Bardell was born on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, 1916, to Zollie and Nomer Hollingsworth in Pickens County, Ala. He was always and foremost a United States Navy hospital corpsman and submarine sailor, serving during World War II as Chief Medical Officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Growler. He saw extensive action while serving on the U.S.S. Growler in the battle of the Coral Sea, and was serving on this submarine when it became the only submarine in U.S. naval history to sink three destroyers in one battle.
He was a self-taught man studying philosophy and social issues alongside of the most learned man.
B.O. Hollingsworth was a life member of the Orange Grove volunteer fire department, one of the founders of the Harrison Central Gridiron Club, president of the Harrison Central Band Boosters, and had 45 years of combined federal service to his country.
Holly is survived by his beloved "Sweet Pea" of 61 years, Marjory Bellamy Hollingsworth; his two sons and their wives, A.G. "Gil" and Becky Hollingsworth of Vacaville, Calif., and Dwight and Debby Hollingsworth of Gulfport; his two princesses, Janene Hixson and Rhonda Purchner, and Rhonda's husband Wayne, all of Gulfport; Da's ten grandchildren, Steve, Scott and Randy Hixson, Brian, Matt, and Ryan Hollingsworth, Becky Rodgers, Missy Coy, Beth and Margie Purchner; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, O.A. Hollingsworth and B.D. Hollingsworth of Gordo, Ala.; and his puppy, Sammy.
It was a long and hard fought battle, but you finally won the war, peace at last, onward Home valiant soldier.
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday in the Biloxi National Cemetery with B.O.'s friend from Nugent United Methodist Church, Rev. Rod Dickson-Rishel officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes you to buy a child a book, teach them to read and let them discover the world for themselves as he did.
Riemann Memorial Funeral Home, U.S. 49 North, Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements

Source: The Sun Herald
Date:  October 2, 1998
 
(son of Zollie L. of William J. of Israel)

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