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J.R. Hitt Family

Lucile Wilmoth HittAge: 98 years19082007

Lucile Wilmoth Hitt
Given names
Lucile Wilmoth
Birth July 21, 1908 33 23
Birth of a brotherBruce Owen Hitt
September 8, 1910 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterFlora May Hitt
November 5, 1912 (Age 4 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherSarah Wilmoth Bourn
March 24, 1914 (Age 5 years)

Birth of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
December 30, 1914 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherJoel Reuben Hitt Jr
December 30, 1916 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Carolyne Hitt
April 12, 1919 (Age 10 years)
MarriageJack HollingsworthView this family
June 30, 1930 (Age 21 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherReuben Martin Hitt
September 13, 1932 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
Joel Hitt Hollingsworth
May 19, 1936 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
Jack Hollingsworth Jr.
May 31, 1939 (Age 30 years)
Death of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
November 30, 1944 (Age 36 years)
Cause: from wounds suffered during the Battle of the Roer
Burial of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
1944 (Age 35 years)
Burial of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
1945 (Age 36 years)
Cemetery: Clinton Cemetery
Death of a fatherJoel Reuben Hitt
July 22, 1967 (Age 59 years)
Death of a motherElizabeth Margania Robertson
April 1, 1983 (Age 74 years)
Death of a brotherThomas Stanfield “Dick” Hitt
September 16, 1986 (Age 78 years)

Death of a husbandJack Hollingsworth
May 31, 1994 (Age 85 years)
Death of a brotherBruce Owen Hitt
September 12, 1998 (Age 90 years)

Death of a brotherJoel Reuben Hitt Jr
June 2, 2003 (Age 94 years)
Burial of a brotherJoel Reuben Hitt Jr
June 7, 2003 (Age 94 years)
Cemetery: Mobile Memorial Gardens
Death of a sonJack Hollingsworth Jr.
July 8, 2004 (Age 95 years)
Death of a sisterFlora May Hitt
January 11, 2006 (Age 97 years)
Burial of a sisterFlora May Hitt
January 14, 2006 (Age 97 years)
Note: buried in Bayview Memorial Park
Death of a sisterElizabeth Carolyne Hitt
January 4, 2007 (Age 98 years)
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Carolyne Hitt
January 6, 2007 (Age 98 years)
Cemetery: Natchez City Cemetery
[Obituary as it appeared in the Jackson Clarion Ledger 22-23 Mar 2007, with minor correction]

Lucile Hollingsworth

Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth, 98, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at her home in Clinton. Visitation is after 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church Clinton's Old Sanctuary. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at t he church with burial to follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born at Goss in Marion County, MS on July 21, 1908 and moved to Clinton a year later. She was the eldest daughter of Dr. Joel R. Hitt and Elizabeth Robertson Hitt. Her father was head of the math department at Mississippi Col lege and mayor of Clinton in the late 1920's.

Coming from a family that included four brothers who were widely known as outstanding athletes at Clinton High School and Mississippi College, she was an accomplished athlete herself and considered one of the best girls basketball players in Missis sippi. Growing up she was given the nickname of "Charley" because she played sports better than most boys. Her nickname stuck with her for life.

She graduated from Hillman College for Women in Clinton, and was one of the first women to be granted a bachelor's degree from Mississippi College. She taught in public schools after graduation.

Throughout her life she loved playing the piano, and could play by ear without the benefits of lessons, and continued to play daily until just a few years ago. As a teen, she played the piano at "Dr. Epps" drug store soda fountain and entertained t he boys from Mississippi College who went there to meet the girls from Hillman College. In the early days of radio, she hosted a Sunday afternoon radio program of singing and playing requests of the station's listeners.

She married Jack Hollingsworth, a college classmate from Hollandale, in 1930 and went through the hard times of the Great Depression and World War II before returning to Clinton after the war. They became parents of two sons during that time, and m oved from the Mississippi Delta, to the Southern Pines, and Arizona, New Mexico, and California to find ways to earn a living and participate in the war. Following the war, she became active in civic and public school activities in Clinton. In thei r later years, she and Jack produced award-winning lawns and flowerbeds at their home in Clinton.

Lucile was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her son Jack Hollingsworth, Jr.; her parents, Dr. & Mrs. Joel R. (Ellizabeth) Hitt; her brothers, Thomas Stanfield "Dick" (Floyd) Hitt, Bruce O. (Dot) Hitt, James H. Hitt, and Joel R. (Evelyn) Hitt , Jr.; and sisters Flora Hitt (James) Taylor and Carolyne Hitt (Billy) Priester; and nephews Robert I. Priester and Bruce O. Hitt.

She is survived by her son Joel H. Hollingsworth of Long Beach and Clinton; grandsons Jack "Trey" (June) Hollingsworth, III of Hernando, MS, Christopher Joel (Eliana) Hollingsworth of Cordova, TN, Eric H. (Mary) Hollingsworth of Madison, MS, and Jo hn A. (Chastity) Hollingsworth of Southhaven, MS; granddaughter Michelle Hollingsworth (Mitch) Brewer of Madison, MS; ten great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews Patricia Taylor Whitfield of Mobile, AL, Mary Katheryne Hitt Still of Jackson, Thomas R. Hitt of Brandon, Rebecca Taylor Nye of Pensacola, FL, Janice Priester Byrne of Natchez, William R. Priester, Jr. of Georgetown, TN, Joel R. Hitt, III of Lawrenceville, GA, Sandra Hitt Mascagni of Lake Village, AR, Chere Hitt Stegall of Brandon, L. Richard Hitt of Franklin, TN, and James F. Hitt of Jackson; and daughters-in-law Sandra Polk Hollingsworth of Prentiss, MS and Yvonne Hollingsworth of Bartlett, TN.

Lucile's family wishes to thank hospice workers Carmella Harper and Pearl McGowan, and caregivers Yolanda Fraizer, Marcia Purvis, Carol Whitfield, and other home care workers for their kind and considerate attention to her needs during the last mon ths of her life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James Hughes Hitt Memorial Scholarship Fund at Mississippi College, P.O. 4005, Clinton, MS 39058.

Death March 20, 2007 (Age 98 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: December 25, 1904Columbia, Marion County, MS, USA
11 months
elder brother
3 years
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
J.R. Hitt FamilyFlora May Hitt
Birth: November 5, 1912 38 27Buford, Marion County, MS, USA
Death: January 11, 2006Pensacola, Escambia County, FL, USA
2 years
younger brother
Hitt brothers in football uniformsJames Hughes Hitt
Birth: December 30, 1914 40 29Goss, Marion County, MS, USA
Death: November 30, 1944The Netherlands
2 years
younger brother
Joel Reuben Hitt, Jr.Joel Reuben Hitt Jr
Birth: December 30, 1916 42 31Clinton, Hinds County, MS, USA
Death: June 2, 2003Mobile, Mobile County, AL, USA
2 years
younger sister
Family with Jack Hollingsworth - View this family
Marriage: June 30, 1930
6 years
Joel Hitt Hollingsworth
Birth: May 19, 1936 30 27Jackson, Hinds County, MS, USA
Death: February 22, 2012Jackson, Hinds County, MS, USA
3 years
Jack Hollingsworth Jr.
Birth: May 31, 1939 33 30Jackson, Hinds County, MS, USA
Death: July 8, 2004Prentiss, Jefferson Davis County, MS, USA

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