Pren Guest Hollingsworth
HOLLINGSWORTH, Pren Guest Pren was born January 21, 1922 in Mannsville, Oklahoma to Roy
and Ursula Hollingsworth. He passed away August 16, 2016 at the age of 94 years. He attended
school in Durant, OK and Norman, OK. He was a varsity tennis player and also a member of the
Durant High School Mixed Chorus that was invited to sing in Washington, DC in 1939. At the
beginning of the war, Pren joined the US Army Air Force. After training and duty as an instructor,
he was sent overseas to the 97th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group. There Pren piloted the
famed Lockheed P-38 Lightning in combat in the skies over Italy and southern Europe. On his last
mission, forced to bail out of his crippled aircraft, Pren was captured and held briefly by the
Germans, but soon escaped to friendly forces. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
At the war's end, Pren met and married the love of his life, Kathryn Lay of Britton, OK. They raised
three children. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1949 and began a career in
journalism and advertising. The family moved to Dallas in 1956, where Pren was an executive with
the Oil & Gas Journal for ten years. He later founded his own advertising agency, which he
operated until his retirement. He also served as troop committee chairman of Boy Scout troop 575.
Pren loved traveling with Kay, tinkering on his 1942 Lincoln Continental, shooting family videos
and studying ancient history. Pren was preceded in death by his beloved Kay in 2011, a loss most
sorely felt. He is survived by his children Maura Ramage, Roy Hollingsworth and Donna Hocking,
eight grand-children, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law
Frances Lay Morris of Oklahoma City. Please offer memorials to the Circle Ten Council of the Boy
Scouts of America.
Source: Dallas Morning News
Date: Aug. 21, 2016
(son of Roy of Henry M. of Levi)