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(Jun 24, 2013)

JAMES G. HOLLANDSWORTH, age 97, died at St. Mary's Medical Center on June 21, 2013. He was born Oct. 4, 1915, at Pattonsville, Va., in Scott County. He was the son of Guy and Lilian Hollandworth. The oldest of six children, he grew up in Welch, W.Va., where his father was principal of the high school. He graduated from Welch High School, Berea College, and received his Master's Degree from Peabody Teachers College, Vanderbilt University. After teaching at several schools in West Virginia and William & Mary Extension in Norfolk, Va., and Darlington School, Georgia, he taught for 38 years at Asheville School, Asheville, N.C. While there, he started the mountaineering program consisting of caving, climbing, hiking, camping and skiing. At age 12 as an Eagle Scout, he attended his first camp as bugler at Camp Sequoyah in North Carolina. Subsequently, he was program director for 25 years at this camp. Later, he spent summers taking students on camping and climbing in the high Wind Rivers area of Wyoming and the Canadian Rockies. After retirement, he served as Executive Secretary of the Southeast Section of American Camp Association working with camp directors. He was active on the ACA national board and attended all conventions. He was presented the ACA Single Service award in 2001. He was a member of the International Camp Congress, and attended conferences in Mexico City, Quebec, Russia, Australia, Japan and in Hong Kong at age 95. He was from a teaching family. His grandfather taught in Virginia, and his son, James, was a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was the first director of the North Carolina Outward Bound program. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie V. Hollandsworth; one sister, Beth King, Princeton, W.Va.; stepson, Kelvin McDonald (Janet), Erie, Pa.; stepdaughter, Emma Ruth Hayes (Paxon), Monument, Colo.; granddaughter, Ruth Wordelman (Al) Colo.; and grandson, Bryan McDonald (Kim), Clarkesville, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Justin and Madison Bolas, and Benjamin, Rachael, Isabella and Rebecca McDonald of Georgia. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Willie Lee; his son, James Jr.; siblings, Bill Hollandsworth, St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Luther Hollandsworth, Durham, N.C., Anna Sue and Faye of Chicago, Ill. In Huntington, he was an active docent at the Huntington Museum of Art, past president of the Cabell County retired teachers, officer and Elder Emeritus of Enslow Park Presbyterian Church. In World War II, he was a combat engineer in the European Theater and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the Army Reserves and retired as a Major. For many years, he took students on a climbing expedition on Mt. Le Conte, Tenn., and later continued this climb with Asheville School alumni and friends until 2012. In the early 1960s, he found the largest red spruce tree recorded the United States. Visiting hour will be held at 10 a.m. with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church with Rev. Chris Perkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Enslow Park Presbyterian Church or to the James G. Hollandsworth Scholarship Fund, Asheville School, 360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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