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Obituary for David Hollingsworth Sr.

David Samuel Hollingsworth of Roanoke died at home Monday, October 30, 2023, after a period of declining health. He was 90.

David was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Winston Salem, N.C. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke in 1951 and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. During his Army service David was stationed in Germany, from 1956 to 1958. 

In 1956, David wed Bethannyanne Sisson. They were married 53 years before she died in January 2010.  Beth, a gifted cook, and David routinely hosted daily family meals at their home in Roanoke, a loving tradition that continued after she passed away in 2010.  The couple had endured the death of beloved daughter, Jennifer Beth, age 5, in 1968.

David was a successful businessman, owning and operating Allied Sales Company, a food brokerage and marketing business founded by his father in Roanoke. He sold the business in 1992 and retired. David served his country and then his community, with the latter including rank of 32nd Degree Mason with membership at Lakeland Lodge #190, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and Shriner’s International.

He enjoyed marbles, carousing and general mischief in the Grandin Court neighborhood with an assortment of cherished childhood friends. He was never without a beloved family dog over the course of his life, Rags, Yogi, Alice, Leon, Yannick, and Buster among them.  He savored time at the family vacation houses at Smith Mountain Lake, and later Kiawah Island, S.C., where there he enjoyed cold beverages, surf fishing, crabbing, and golf.  David had a gift for a specific sort of grumble, reserved for times when a meal fell short of his standards with a particular fondness for his mother’s chocolate pudding cake which many continually try to emulate in service to the family’s gustatory traditions.  He was a loyal friend and an avid fan of Virginia Tech sports. He was a longtime member of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church.  David loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren immensely.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth, daughter Jennifer, and countless beloved aunts and uncles.

He is survived by daughter, Lauren Hollingsworth, of Charleston, S.C.; son, David Samuel Hollingsworth Jr. and his wife, Katherine, of Roanoke and Washington, DC; daughter, Elizabeth Hope Hollingsworth (partner Duncan Adams), of Anaconda, Montana and sisters Judy Maier of Telford, PA and Suzanne Meredith of Roanoke, VA.  Survivors also include grandsons, Garrett Hollingsworth (Grayson Goldsmith) and Gavin Hollingsworth, of Roanoke; Bradley Holtz (Meredith ) of Knoxville, and Alexander (Paige), Christopher, and Benjamin Rurka of Washington, D.C.; and granddaughters, Jennifer Greene (Christopher), of Knoxville, Sally Holtz, of Charleston, S.C, and Katherine Page of Washington, D.C.  Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, along with loving and stalwart friend Beverly Vaden Porter.

A visitation will be held Wednesday November 1 from 4:00pm to 7:00 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel. A graveside ceremony will be held at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke, Thursday November 2 at 1:00pm followed by a funeral service and reception at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, 1837 Grandin Road, Roanoke at 2:00pm.  David favored bright sport coats and pants with a sharp crease. He

preferred bright colors that enlivened his attire. And people attending the funeral are encouraged to do the same.

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