Jackie Paul (Jack) Hollingsworth

Jackie Paul (Jack) Hollingsworth
September 1, 1934 – August 15, 2019

Faithful follower of Jesus Christ, devoted husband, loving stepfather and gentle soul, Jack Hollingsworth, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on August 15, 2019. He was eagerly awaited by his wife of almost 56 years, Loretta, his stepson, Dr. Stan Toler, and numerous family members and friends. Jack was born September 1, 1934 in the family home on Goose Creek Hollow in Olive Hill, Kentucky, to James Marion and Bertha Mae Roark Hollingsworth. His father died in the coal mines when Jack was 3 and he was raised by his stepfather, Luther Kiser, a truck driver and coal miner, from the age of 6.

Jack moved to Ohio in his late teens and worked in auto parts manufacturing, retiring after 30 years of employment at Columbus Auto Parts. He also served for six years in the Army Reserves. On March 3, 1960 he dedicated his life to Christ at the 5th Avenue Pilgrim Holiness Church in Columbus, Ohio. He went to a revival at the invitation of his sister, Ottilee. He was hopeful that his brother-in-law, Denzel, Ottilee’s husband, would get saved, but, in Jack’s words, “The Lord said, ‘This is for YOU!’” Later, at the church, Jack met a beautiful young widow named Loretta Toler, and they were married on March 25, 1963. Jack instantly became the father of three young, very active boys; Stan, Terry and Mark. He patiently and graciously raised them with love and never-ending kindness and in time the boys all called him Dad.

In 2010, Jack and Loretta relocated from Ohio to Yukon, Oklahoma, to be near their family. They were devoted members of Edmond First Church of the Nazarene, where their son, Mark, served as their pastor.

Jack never lost his love of Kentucky Wildcat basketball or fried potatoes (buh-tay-duhs in Kentuckian) and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a fan of Ohio State football and Cincinnati Reds baseball, but, more than anything, he was a loving provider and caregiver to his wife, and greatest fan of his sons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, brothers Marcus and J.R., sister Ottilee Smitson; wife, Loretta, on February 27, 2019, and son, Dr. Stan Toler, in November, 2017.

He is survived by numerous family members who loved him deeply and will miss him greatly: Sister, Lorene Delong; daughter-in-law, Linda Toler; son Dr. Terry Toler and his wife, Sue; son Dr. Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Mary; 6 grandchildren and their spouses – Seth (Marcy), Trent (Erin), Aaron (Lauren), Adam (Amanda), Sarah (Jody), and Mariah (Ty). His is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren: Rhett, Ty, Davis, Jordan, Luke, Anna, Wren, Clara Jane, Lila, Bennett, Milo Jack, Will, and Hayes.

A service to celebrate Jack’s life will take place on Saturday, August 17, at 11:00 AM at Edmond First Church of the Nazarene, 3001 S. Boulevard, Edmond, Oklahoma.

16 thoughts on “Jackie Paul (Jack) Hollingsworth”

  1. Vaunda Bullock

    So sorry He was always good to us wonderful man Loved God a other rejoicing in heaven.

  2. Jami Hollingsworth

    I am so sorry to learn of Jacks passing. I only have fond memories of Jack and Loretta, and loved them much. They both were so very proud of their children and grandchildren. Love and prayers for Gods comfort is being sent your way.


  3. Vonda Saunders

    My heart hurts for our family near and far. Uncle Jack whom I to become to love. I feel He had to be with his precious wife , my Aunt Loretta. I will hold the beautiful memories of you both in my heart. Hopefully I can be as kind, gentle, and gracious as you are. Not saying goodbye I’m saying till I see you again. Hug the family in heaven for me. I love you and will truly mis you. ????❤️??????

  4. Mark & Terry,
    I didn’t know your dad, but know that he raised three wonderful guys that have impacted my life. Brenda and my prayers are with you through this time of sorrow. May God bless you and keep you.
    You are loved,
    Tom & Brenda Reed

  5. Dorothy Cheatwood

    Two words come to mind… kindness and faithfulness. Jack was both, and much more. So glad to have known them both. There is much rejoicing in heaven, while we will miss his gentleness and sweet smile.

  6. Kathy Daharsh

    To the wonderful Family of Jack Hollingsworth:

    I couldn’t help but admire this wonderful kind man of God…His life was filled with compassion and love for those around him and His love for the Savior radiated through his life. I will miss his wonderful testimonies of faithfulness but I know
    he is with the one who saved Him and sweet Loretta and Stan. May God comfort and sustain those who will miss him the most and when the loneliness appears, may the light of the Lord Jesus Christ warm your hearts. You are loved and in my prayers.

  7. Ted & Joanne Hawk

    So sorry to hear of Bro. Jack’s passing. Enjoyed the whole family attending Heritage Memorial Church when Pastor Stan & Terry were there. What a reunion in heaven there must be. Praying for peace & comfort for the family!

  8. What a wonderful man! He was one of the finest men I have ever known. My heart hurts for all of you but rejoices for him

  9. Dr. Phillip & Rosanne Bolerjack

    Mark and family:
    Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” May His comfort be yours and all those who loved your step-father.

  10. Betty and Jetty Carter

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and Christian friend. He set such an example for everyone by the way he loved and cared for Loretta and for his complete devotion to and love of his family. The Toler family is a living legacy of his love of God and commitment to serving God and others.
    We love you all and will keep you in our prayers.
    Betty and Jerry Carter

  11. Oh, my. JP and Loretta were so much a part of my college life. JP’s wisdom came to me through Mark. Loretta cut my hair for years, preceded by that aromatic mint shampoo. What the family showed me & shared with me, since first seeing them in Alma, when Stan was seeing Linda, I can never repay. I probably can’t make the drive from the K.C. area in time for the memorial tomorrow. But, please, be assured this is a major part of my life memories, a major shape of my life, a place in the history I pass to my childrens’ children.

  12. What a blessing to know both of your parents and to witness their love and devotion to each other and their family. Jack set the bar high for any husband in his constant care of Loretta. May God comfort you and I know the three of them are having an awesome reunion with wonderful singing. Love and blessings to your dear family.

  13. George and Susan Jones

    What a kind, gentle man Jack was. I can still see him with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on the verge of breaking into a full-blown laugh. He’s having the best time ever now – reunited with Loretta and Stan, and seeing His Savior face to face. Love and prayers ~

  14. Lisa McDonald

    I’m so sorry to hear that Jack has passed. He will be greatly missed. I can remember Jack and Loretta coming to Florida to visit. I will miss him and I will keep him in my prayers.

  15. Drema Brewster Hamilton

    We always enjoyed Jack and Loretta visits. We would laugh and sing and just have fun with them. They both will surely be missed. I loved them dearly, Drema, Rodney, my sons Josh and Derek ?

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