Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH ID#182, b. 22 December 1913, d. 17 September 2007
Father*Dr. Salathiel Lamar HOLLINGSWORTH1 b. 7 Sep 1875, d. 11 Jul 1963
Mother*Frances Gertrude EVANS2 b. 5 Sep 1883, d. 21 Apr 1969
Birth*Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH was born on 22 December 1913 in Hanson, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. 
She was the daughter of Dr. Salathiel Lamar HOLLINGSWORTH and Frances Gertrude EVANS.1,2 
Census 1920Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH appeared on the 1920 census of Dr. Salathiel Lamar HOLLINGSWORTH in 1920 in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi.3

Census 1930Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH appeared on the 1930 census of Dr. Salathiel Lamar HOLLINGSWORTH in 1930 in 611 Third Avenue North, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi.1

Marriage*Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH married John Peter HAIRSTON, son of George William HAIRSTON and Ela May Ledbetter THARP, on 1 December 1934. 
Census 1940Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH appeared on the 1940 census of John Peter HAIRSTON in 1940 in Lowndes County, Mississippi; J Peter 27, Mary H 26, J Peter 4, Lamar 2, Nannette 0.4

College*Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH graduated college about 1966; BS degree from Mississippi University for Women and a MS degree from University of Tennessee. 
Married Name As of 22 August 1968,her married name was GIBSON. 
Marriage*She married Leonard C. GIBSON Jr., son of Leonard C. GIBSON and Lillie Claire LEDBETTER, on 22 August 1968 in Columbus, Mississippi. 
Death*Mary Alice HOLLINGSWORTH died on 17 September 2007 at age 93.5 
Obituary*Mary Alice Gibson
(December 22, 1913 - September 17, 2007)

Mary Alice Gibson Age 93 died September 17, 2007 at Dugan Nursing Home in West Point, MS graveside services will be held at Oaklimb Cemetery in Crawford MS on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Buddy Carroll Officiating Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, September 21, 2007 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Mrs. Gibson was born on December 22, 1913 in Oklahoma to the late Dr. and Mrs. S.L. Hollingworth. She was raised in Columbus where she attended school and college. She married John Peter Hairstonin 1934 and raised five children at Crawford MS where she was very active and played the organ for many years at the United Methodist Church. After his death she earned a BS degree from MUW and a MS degree from the Univesity of Tennessee in social science. She worked for the department of Human Services in many counties and later in the WIN program in Columbus until she retired in 1975. She and her second husband, Leonard C. Gibson a retired postmaster and artist lived in Crawford and then in Columbus. She was a multi-gifted person who loved sharing her talents with many young and old. She loved playing piano, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and all sorts of crafts. She had a wonderful memory and enjoyed recalling history and telling stories, poetry, songs, and the way Columbus and Crawford were years ago. Her mother once said Mary Alice was blessed to have been born with a "merry heart." That Joy of living and her very active mind were with her to the end. She was preceded in death by her first husband John Peter Hairston, her second husband, Leonard C. Gibson, brother James O. Hollingsworth, sister Marjorie Tims, son James Lamar Hairston, and granddaughter, Kizzie Hairston. Survivors include: Son-Peter Hairston (Nancy) of Mt. Pleasant, TX Son-Watt Hairston (Kathy) of Thompson's Station, TN Daughter-Nanette Williams (Bill) of Calhoun City, Miss. Daughter-Alice Edwards (Bill) of Crawford, Miss. daughter-in-law-Frances Hairston of Crawford, Miss. grandchildren-11 great grandchildren-12 The Pallbearers are her grandsons-Lath Hairston -Dr. Peter Williams -Peter Hairston -Douglas Edwards -Johnathan Williams -Oliver Hairston -Will Hairston
and great grandsons -Jeff Hairston -Rob Hairston -Bryan Laveck -Charlie Laveck The Honorary Pallbearers are -Larry Freeny -Billy Thompson -Tom Cash -Wayne and Lois Dean Eaves -Tom Jones -Randolph Lipscomb Staff of Dugan Nursing Home Memorials can be made to Crawford United Methodist Church 694 Main Street Crawford MS 39743 or Oaklimb Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 167 Crawford MS 39743. 
Burial*She was buried in Oaklimb Cemetery, Crawford, Lowndes County, Mississippi.5


Family 1

John Peter HAIRSTON b. 21 Dec 1912, d. 24 May 1963

Family 2

Leonard C. GIBSON Jr. b. 15 Jun 1911, d. 2 Mar 2003
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  1. [S1930] 1930 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  2. [S3133] Glenn, Justin. The Washingtons, A Family History: Volume 5, Part 1, Generation Nine of the Presidential Branch: Savas Beatie LLC, CA - 2015, Personal Collection - printed book.
  3. [S1920] 1920 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S1940] 1940 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  5. [S13] Oaklimb Cemetery, Crawford, Lowndes County, MS.
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