Military  WWII - USA - 82nd Fighter Group - 97th Fighter Squadron
Lot 89 (Hollingsworth)
Hollingsworth, Pren and Kay
Pren G Hollingsworth Kay Hollingsworth
(Jan 21, 1922 - Aug 16, 2016)
(Feb 5, 1927 - Mar 16, 2011)
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PREN GUEST HOLLINGSWORTH  (21 Jan 1922 - 16 Aug 2016)
and his wife
MARY KATHRYN LAY HOLLINGSWORTH  (05 Feb 1927 - 16 Mar 2011)
OBITUARY - 21 August 2016

Pren Guest Hollingsworth was born January 21, 1922 in Mannsville, Oklahoma to Roy and Ursula Hollingsworth. He passed away August 16, 2016 at the age of 94 years. He attended school in Durant, OK and Norman, OK. He was a varsity tennis player and also a member of the Durant High School Mixed Chorus that was invited to sing in Washington, DC in 1939. At the beginning of the war, Pren joined the US Army Air Force. After training and duty as an instructor, he was sent overseas to the 97th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group. There Pren piloted the famed Lockheed P-38 Lightning in combat in the skies over Italy and southern Europe. On his last mission, forced to bail out of his crippled aircraft, Pren was captured and held briefly by the Germans, but soon escaped to friendly forces. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. At the war's end, Pren met and married the love of his life, Kathryn Lay of Britton, OK. They raised three children. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1949 and began a career in journalism and advertising. The family moved to Dallas in 1956, where Pren was an executive with the Oil and Gas Journal for ten years. He later founded his own advertising agency, which he operated until his retirement. He also served as troop committee chairman of Boy Scout troop 575. Pren loved traveling with Kay, tinkering on his 1942 Lincoln Continental, shooting family videos and studying ancient history. Pren was preceded in death by his beloved Kay in 2011, a loss most sorely felt. He is survived by his children eight grand-children, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Frances Lay Morris of Oklahoma City. Please offer memorials to the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America

OBITUARY: 18 March 2011

Our beloved Kathryn Lay Hollingsworth went to sleep in the Lord on March 16, 2011. Those of us who remain to keep her loving memory in our hearts are her husband of 66 years, Pren Hollingsworth; her three children; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister Frances; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kay was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Lay and Alberta Blanche Bailey Lay; her sisters Margaret Lay Young and Ruth Lay Stabler; and her brother Bob Lay. Kay was born Mary Kathryn Lay on February 5, 1927 in Norman, Oklahoma. She attended school in Britton, Oklahoma and also attended the University of Oklahoma. On December 22, 1945 Kay married her partner and soul-mate, Pren Guest Hollingsworth, in Farmersville, Texas. Together they raised their family in several cities and towns in Oklahoma, finally settling in Dallas in 1956. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Kay had careers at St. Mark's School of Texas and the American National Insurance Company, retiring in 1992. Kay was an artist and musician, and she never tired of her interior decorating projects. After retirement, Kay and Pren traveled and enjoyed their hobbies of crossword puzzles, scrabble and computers. We rejoice in the faith that one day Kay will meet the Savior in the clouds, but in the meantime we will sorely miss her. Pren says the vision of her last smile seemed to him exactly the same as her first smile 66 years ago. Graveside services are tentatively planned for Monday, May 30, 2011 at Olive Hill Cemetery in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the North Texas chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America or to the charity of your choice. 

Pren Hollingsworth ca. 1987 Kay Hollingsworth ca. 1987
One Son - Two daughters
Some information about the Hollingsworth family is on ROOTSWEB.

Ancestors of Pren Guest and Mary Kathryn Lay Hollingsworth

Pren Hollingsworth  

1. PREN GUEST HOLLINGSWORTH was born on 21 Jan 1922 in Mannsville, Johnston Co, OK. He was the son of Roy Hollingsworth and Ursula Freeze. He died on 16 Aug 2016 in Dallas, TX.


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Roy and Ursula Hollingsworth (ca. 1930)
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  Ursula Freeze
Kathryn Lay  

2. MARY KATHRYN LAY was the daughter of Lawrence Lay and Alberta Blanche Bailey. She was born on 5 Feb 1922 in Norman, OK. She died on 16 Mar 2011 in Dallas, TX.


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  Alberta Blanche Bailey
Berta and Lawrence Lay (ca. 1923)
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  Lawrence Lay

Pren Guest Hollingsworth & Mary Kathryn Lay were married on 22 December 1945 in Farmersville, TX. They had 3 children.



Genealogy last updated: Sunday, September 10, 2023
OHC Relations
Mary Kathryn Lay Hollingsworth was the great-granddaughter of Olive Hand Bailey.
         The Bailey family is related by marriage with the Carson, Stickler, Sitlington, Sanders, McCallon, Young, and Butler families.
Association Membership
37 May 25 1972 Kathryn Lay Hollingsworth
Pren G. Hollingsworth
Maura Hollingsworth Ramage
Address on Record
38 May 25 1972 Frances Lay Morris
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65 May 31 1982 Donna Hocking  (Association Secretary/Treasurer)
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66 May 31 1982 Roy Hollingsworth
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81 Dec 18 1999 Gus Ramage
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82 Dec 18 1999 Paunece Ramage
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83 Dec 18 1999 Jennifer Wright Brown
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84 Dec 18 1999 Christina Wright Russell
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85 Dec 18 1999 Beth Hollingsworth
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86 Dec 18 1999 Lauren Hollingsworth Moorefield
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97 Jul 02 2013 Yoshio Kurtz
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98 Jul 02 2013 Deborah Hocking Kurtz
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99 Jul 02 2013 Troy R. Hocking
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