Ray D. "Curle" Hollingsworth
Ray D. "Curle" Hollingsworth, 79, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.
Ray was born June 7, 1932, in Turnersville, to Elbert and Myrtice (Whitley) Hollingsworth. Both parents were musicians. Ray became a well-known Texas Swing Musician who started playing the piano around the Waco, Houston, Dallas, and Austin areas at the early age of 14. Ray worked for Dewey Groom in Dallas in the early fifties. In 1955, he worked for Tommy Allsup in Lawton, Okla., and then moved onto Springfield, Mo. to work on the Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee. He then joined the Miller Brothers for four years and afterward returned to the Waco area in the early 60's to tour with Bob Wills, Leon Rausch, Tommy Duncan and Johnny Gimble. For the past 25 years, Curle has played piano for The Texas Playboys II, Tommy Morrell, and Johnny and Dick Gimble. They performed at the White House inauguration of George W. Bush. He also worked for Young Brothers Contractors for more than thirty years.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Hollingsworth of Waco; daughter, Raylynn Rosen and husband, Louis, of Axtell; brother, Bobby Hollingsworth and wife, Mat, of Austin; four stepchildren; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
For a full obituary, please see www.wadefuneralhome.net.
June 7, 1932 - January 10, 2012
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Source: Waco Tribune-Herald (TX)
Date: January 13, 2012
(son of Elbert of Doctor H. of Addison Isaac)