Thursday, March 1, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Tribute to Mrs. Dale
When I first began working at The South Reporter, I had no idea how many people I’d meet that would have such an impact on how I view life.
Two of those people are now gone -- Henderson Milan, who wrote the Holly Springs news for The South Reporter (for 72 years) passed away in December of 2009, and Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, Dale Hollingsworth passed away.
Mrs. Hollingsworth wrote the Potts Camp News for around 30 years. Mary Minor and I weren’t exactly sure, since “forever” wasn’t right. But I trust Mary’s judgment, so about 30 is good!
The first Christmas I was here at the newspaper, I was surprised when Mrs. Hollingsworth dropped in and brought all of us, including the very new me, pillows she’d made. She brought us pillows for Christmas for several years.
The South Reporter helped celebrate Mrs. H’s 90th birthday, Dec. 19, 2008. And quite a crowd turned out to say “Happy Birthday” to her.
Many memories were shared that day and Mrs. H’s enjoyment spilled over to everyone present. A former Potts Camp School teacher and a former community correspondent, Sank Owen, came to be with her, along with family and friends from all over.
Sue Watson, The South Reporter’s news reporter, wrote a wonderful story about Mrs. H and her birthday party. Quotes from that story follow:
Mrs. H. continued to enjoy writing her column until she broke her ankle a month or so ago. Mary Minor helped her write it for a bit and is carrying on the tradition for the Potts Camp community.
Henderson Milan was a sweet, gentle man who cared deeply about Holly Springs, education and his large, extended family and friends. I learned a lot about Holly Springs’ folks from him.
Mrs. H. was enthusiastic! About her family, her church, her town and the history of Potts Camp.
Any time we received a request for any type of information about Potts Camp, we passed that request along to her -- and she always knew the answer.
Mrs. Hollingsworth’s column, with her “Thoughts,” “Memories,” and “History,” will be sadly missed.
She was laid to rest Wednesday in the cemetery of her beloved Potts Camp.
Rest in peace...
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