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Updated: 02/13/2017 02:40:03PM

Vernon C. Hollingsworth Jr.

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Vernon Clyde Hollingsworth, Jr, 85, of Arcadia, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 in Arcadia.

Clyde was born Aug. 24, 1931 in Arcadia, Florida. He was a graduate of DeSoto High School, Class of 1949. Clyde was owner and operator of the VCH Ranch-Citrus and Cattle. He was very active in the running of the operation. He enjoyed just riding over the land and seeing God’s handiwork. Clyde’s most cherished moments were simple. He loved spending time with his family. He loved riding his pastures and watching the grass grow and his cattle. His employees were not employees but his extended family. The evenings were spent riding over the day’s accomplishment in the pastures, groves, and cattle. Clyde enjoyed fly fishing, listening to music, feeding people, and helping others. Clyde was an active member of the Pine Level United Methodist Church, Pine Level, Florida. Clyde had a ranch in Texas and would spend quality time enjoying and developing his ranch in Texas. He was lay minister for 30 years, and instrumental in the building of “Barker Hall,” the addition of Pine Level United Methodist Church that has been the worship center for the youth at Pine Level United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his beloved wife, Betty Hollingsworth, Arcadia, Florida; three daughters, Lynn H. Mills, Lou (Brian) Hoopingarner, and Beth Thornton, all of Arcadia, Florida; one son, Vernon Clyde Hollingsworth III, also of Arcadia, Florida; nine grandchildren, Kirby Hollingsworth, Abi Hollingsworth, Vernon C. Hollingsworth IV, Matt Mills, Chris Mills, Josh Mills, Eddie Thornton, Eli Thornton, Jake Thornton; and one great grandchild, Lily Mills. Clyde is proceeded in death by his parents, Vernon Clyde “Mose” and Abby Harrison Hollingsworth and a son, Eddie Hollingsworth.

Visitation will be conducted from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Barker Hall, Pine level United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at Pine Level United Methodist Church, with Rev. Roy Arms, Rev. Brian Russell, and Rev. Max Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Level Campground Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund, Pine Level United Methodist Church, 9596 NW Pine Level St., Arcadia, FL 34266

Online condolences may be made at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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