|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1899|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1995|
Ann A. Hollinsworth, 96, of Lakeland Lane (Jackson, MS) a retired secretary for the Boy Scouts of America, died Friday of heart failure at Lakeland Health Care Center.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Sunday in Memphis Memorial Park in Memphis.
Mrs. Hollinsworth, a Meridian native, had been a Memphis resident for 40 years and had lived in Jackson for 30 years. She was a former member of Madison Heights United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Character Builders Sunday school class.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. After retiring as a secretary of the Boy Scouts of America, she became a joint owner of Peter-Fran's Youngland, a childrens clothing store.
She was an accomplished artist and displayed her works in the Memphis Area.
Survivors include: sisters Earline Atwood of Jackson, Ruby Atwood Gabriel and Audette A. Shinaberger, both of Columbia, S.C.
Wright-Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson had charge.
(Clarion Ledger, October 15, 1995)
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth was the one time lesbian lover of Georgia Tann, the infamous "Baby Thief" of Memphis. Georgia was the director of the Tennessee Childrens' Home Society in Memphis, which was eventually closed as a result of illegal kidnapping, fraudulent documentation, trafficking and selling of children.
Ann knew the Tann family from childhood in Hickory, Mississippi, being raised in Meridian herself. In the 1920's, Ann and Georgia worked together at the Kate McWillie Powers Receiving Home for Children in Jackson, which was affiliated with the Mississippi Children's Home Society.
Ann moved to Memphis with Georgia in 1924. Ann had given birth to a son, Jack, around that time, and Georgia soon adopted a daughter, June. Around this time, Ann Atwood, changed her name to Ann Atwood Hollinsworth, most likely to give the appearance of being widowed or divorced after the birth of a child out of wedlock.
Although Ann, Georgia, Jack and June were a family unit, Georgia Tann legally adopted Ann Atwood Hollinsworth as her daughter on August 2, 1943, in Dyer County, Tennessee. This was an often used practice during those days, to provide some survivor rights to gay couples in the early part of the 20th century.
Ann was never officially employed by Georgia or the Tennessee Childrens' Home Society, but often volunteered at the home performing secretarial services, and escorting children throughout the county to their adopted homes. Ann worked as a secretary for the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, during much of her time in Memphis.
Martin Lee Atwood (1864 - 1908)
George Allen Hollinsworth (1925 - 1943)*
Memorial Park Cemetery
Plot: Garden H, Section K, Lot #4, Space 1
Created by: Neil Loftiss
Record added: Apr 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51788547