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D.W. Hollingsworth

Elder Denver Hollingsworth was born on January 16, 1919 near Statesboro, Georgia to A. W. and Effie Hollingsworth. In 1941, he married Ms. Janie Martin and left the next year for the Army. He arrived in Europe in the D-day invasion and spent the remainder of the war there, rising to Staff Sergeant in the Quartermasters. He was present at the liberation of at least one of the concentration camps. After the war, he returned to the grocery business until his retirement. He and his wife had one adopted son, James. He was baptized at Upper Mill Creek Church near Statesboro in 1955 and soon began exercising. Emmaus Church of Claxton, Georgia called for his ordination and he was ordained February 15, 1957 and began to serve them as pastor, a position he held for 24 years. In 1983, Janie Hollingsworth passed away. He married Nina Mathis in 1992 and moved near Moultrie, Georgia where he currently lives.
During the course of his ministry he was pastor to Emmaus for 24 years, Ephesus (south of Statesboro) for 14 years, Mt. Carmel (near Milledgeville) for 3 years, Pleasant Grove (southwest Georgia), and Refuge (southwest Georgia) where he still serves. He is currently a member at Cat Creek Church near Valdosta where he also preaches. In the years since the death of his first wife, he has traveled extensively throughout Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Mississippi among the Primitive Baptists.


Elder Denver Hollingsworth, 92, of Moultrie and formerly of Bulloch County, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at Unihealth at Magnolia Manor South in Moultrie.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with Elder Bob Dickerson, Elder Lynwood Davis and Elder Jim Sandlin officiating. Another funeral service was held Thursday, February 17, 2011, at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Statesboro with Elder Bob Dickerson and Keith Hollingsworth officiating. Interment, with military honors,was at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Cemetery.

Born January 16, 1919, in Bulloch County, he was the son of the late Andrew Hollingsworth and Effie Hodges Hollingsworth. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired meat supervisor with the T.J. Morris Company. He was a member of Cat Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janie Martin Hollingsworth.
Survivors include his wife, Nina Castleberry Mathis Hollingsworth of Moultrie; one son, Jim Hollingsworth of Bellaire, Mich.; three daughters, Sharon Powell of Thomasville, Brenda Evans of LaGrange and Phyllis Hamner of Waynesboro; three brothers, Kermit Hollingsworth of Statesboro, Bill Hollingsworth of Little Rock, Ark., and Harry Hollingsworth of Bellville, Ga.; one sister, Nellie Meeks of Statesboro; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)