Don Hollingsworth, 50, of Warren, died on August 1, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born on May 27, 1966 in Warren and was the son of Linda Parrott Hollingsworth of Warren and the late Donald Hollingsworth.
He was a 1984 graduate of Warren High School and worked for the Warren Police Department for more than 20 years serving as a criminal investigator and assistant police chief. He began his career with the department in 1996 as a jailer under former Warren Police Chief Dale Stuard. In 1997, he graduated the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy and advanced in his responsibilities completing the law enforcement training academy and received a Level 4 Certified Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 2013.
Mr. Hollingsworth was a second generation law enforcement officer who received many certifications during his tenure with Warren Police Department where his grandfather Milton Parrot also served. He was a professional police instructor, firearms instructor, traffic and radar instructor. He achieved a Level 1 Certification from the Arkansas Crime Information Center, training in arson detection, racial profiling and gang violence. He maintained the continuing education for the police department staff and wrote many of the policies that are followed today. He was very proud of his DEA certification in drug enforcement and received the Outstanding Certificate of Appreciation for his work from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. He was honored to serve under three chiefs of police, Dale Stuard, Randy Peek and Shawn Hildreth.
He was also a founding member of the Church Unlimited. He loved his work, church, family and the YMCA, where he coached tackle football and served on the board of directors and sports committee. He totally believed in the YMCA and the impact it has on youth.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton and Eunice Parrott and J.L. and Mistle Hollingsworth.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paula Gambill Hollingsworth; two sons, Justin Hollingsworth and Samuel Hollingsworth of Warren; a brother, Thomas Hollingsworth of Warren; three brothers-in-law, Terry Gambill and wife Kim of Bryant, Gary Gambill and wife Kerry of Warren and Richard Gambill and wife Maribeth, Bastrop, Louisiana; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sheriff Jack Gambill and Wanda Gambill; four nieces, Jessica Griffin, Lyndsey Gambill, Sydney Gambill and Gabi Gambill; a nephew, Kyle Gambill; a great niece and great nephew; and two special friends, Teresa Reep Sandine and Angela Reep Wyatt.
A funeral service will be held on August 6 at 2 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren with Revs. Kevin Powers, Richard Gambill, Michael Gardner and David Richey officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery at Rye.