William Best Hollingsworth

William Best Hollingsworth (Bill) of Farmville, NC, 55, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, October 21, 2017. He was born in Greenville, NC on October 21, 1962. His parents were Charles Augustus Hollingsworth and Ann Best Hamric. He attended Greenville schools.

Bill was a vivacious, friendly, and loving man. Music was his passion; he was manager of Greenville RedPhish Music. His music career also included work at Rocket Music where he acquired the nickname "Rocket Bill." Earlier he worked for Greenville Guitars, Sunset Music, and PC Sound. He was an excellent luthier and repaired many stringed instruments. Bill was a sound man for many bands.

Bill was the bass player and singer, along with his brother Chuck on the drums, in their band Centaur from 1981-2004. They began performing together in their band Deuce in their family garage in the 1970s. Friends and family have fond memories. One event that was memorable was when Bill tried to spit fire, causing a short visit to the hospital. However, all turned out well.

Bill enjoyed history, especially the study of World War II. He collected memorabilia of that period. He also loved animals, especially his kitties, Baby Blue and Gypsy. Bill was an artist with a talent for drawing. His pastime was assembling models, especially tanks and airplanes.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Hollingsworth, Sr. of Greensboro, NC; half-sister, Crystal Hollingsworth; maternal grandparents, Mabel Glenn Best and Eugene Spencer Hamric; and paternal grandparents, Roger A. Hollingsworth, Sr. and Pearl Lucas.

Survivors include his mother, Ann Hamric Boyd; stepfather, James Thomas Boyd of Newport, NC; brother, Charles A. Hollingsworth, Jr. (Chuck) and wife Sharon of Farmville, NC; stepsister, Stephanie Revich (Yuri); lifetime partner, Gugliemina Frances Newsom of the home and her daughters, Christina Ross of Rocky Mount, NC, Michelle Taylor of GA, and Francesca Pollard of Tarboro, NC and her son, Jeremy Pollard; uncle, Roger A. Hollingsworth (Icky) and wife Peggy of Greenville; many cousins, including Connie and Ricky Blake of Grimesland, NC, Pam and Martin Trueblood of Elizabeth City, NC, and Buddy and Debra Blake of Ayden, NC, and Kathy and Stewart Goodson of Greenville.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 11am at University Church of God, 2215 B. Stokes Rd, Greenville, NC 27858. The family request no flowers.

(son of Charles A. of Roger A. of William of Owen of William of Thomas)

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