Katherine Ophelia (Ward) Hollis

Born: Wed., Oct. 29, 1919
Died: Mon., Nov. 28, 2016


10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 01, 2016
Location: Family's Residence

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Thu., Dec. 01, 2016
Location: Sparta City Cemetery

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Katherine Ophelia Ward Hollis

Katherine Ophelia Ward Hollis, of Sparta, Georgia died Monday, November 28, 2016 at her residence. She was 97.  Katherine was born in Greene County on October 29, 1919, a daughter of the late Maudie Arnold Ward and James Wilburn Ward. She graduated from Greensboro High School. She met her husband Samuel Howard Hollis, Jr. while he was working at the bank in Siloam, GA. In 1944 the bank was moved from Siloam to Sparta where they then made their home. She was an active member of the Sparta Presbyterian Church and the Women of the Sparta Presbyterian Church.  For many years she was a member of the Sparta Historical Society. She was a wonderful wife to her husband, mother to her children, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She was a very talented portrait painter and an antique connoisseur.

Survivors include three daughters, Katherine H. Beall of Tybee Island, GA, Sarah H. Greene of Athens, GA and Caroline H. Baker and husband Jim of Milledgeville, GA; a son, Sam Hollis III and wife Verne of Sparta, GA; grandchildren, Eugene Beall and wife Camilee, Harris Beall, Katherine Beall Dean and husband Zack, Rebecca Greene Sartor and husband Robert, Elizabeth Greene Peterson and husband Hugh, James Baker, Jr, John Baker and wife Shannon, David Baker, Samuel Hollis IV, Hilary Koncul and husband Chris, and Tom Hollis; great grandchildren, Matthew Baker, Jane Baker, William Sartor, Caroline Sartor, Sarah Jane Peterson, Katherine Peterson, Benjamin Hollis Koncul and Katherine Hollis Dean; step great grandchildren, Anniston Howell, Henry Howell, Valan Kennedy, and Taylor Kennedy; and many nieces and nephews.  She was cared for lovingly by Donnie Andrews, Geraldine Barnes, Mary Bell, Susie Roach and Ruthie Wilcox. Katherine was loved by many and had a wide circle of devoted friends.  In addition to her husband, Sam Hollis, she was preceded in death by her siblings, James Spurgeon Ward, Travis L. Ward, Tyrus Ward, William Arnold Ward, Dorothy Stewart and Jamie Davies; and son-in-law, Jeff Sanchez.

Cryptside Services will be held Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Sparta City Cemetery, Hamilton Street, Sparta, GA 31087 with Rev. Reggie Haslett officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Eugene Beall, Harris Beall, James Baker, Jr, John Baker, David Baker,Sam Hollis IV, Tom Hollis, Hugh Peterson, Robert Sartor, Chris Koncul, and Zack Dean. The family requests that memorials be made to the Sparta Presbyterian Church, or John Hancock Academy, P. O. Drawer E, Sparta, GA 31087. Friends will be received at the family’s home, 11915 Highway 15, Sparta, GA 31087, from 10:00 a.m. until time for the service. A special thank you to Hospice Compassus for their wonderful care.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Wanda Parker
   Posted Tue November 29, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss.
My prayers are with you.

Wanda Parker

kelsey lee
   Posted Tue November 29, 2016
To the family of Katherine Ophelia (Ward) Hollis,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) With sympathy,

Charles and Angie Harrell
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. We always thought a lot of Mrs. Hollis. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Wilburn Stewart
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
With my deepest sympathy. Praying for the family.

Mickey & Karen May
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
To the Hollis Family,

Our hearts are heavy for the loss of your mother
Mrs. Hollis was a special lady and will be greatly missed. She always had
a smile and kind words for everyone. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you and give you comfort at this time.

judy hodnett
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
Sorry for your loss. She was like a second mother to Lynn and I . we will miss her very much.

Marcia Benford
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
My condolences are with you all. She was a very nice lady and I enjoyed being around her.

She will be missed.

Jerry Ward, Ann Ward Boggs, Tyrous Jr. Ward
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
We are so sad to hear of Katherine's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Katherine passed on her brother, Henry Tyrous Ward's 100th birthday.

Vivian Stewart Ledford
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
Aunt Katherine was a true southern lady. She will always have a special place in my heart. I have many happy memories. Cousins, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

Dorothy Lou (Stewart) Rabun
   Posted Wed November 30, 2016
We are thinking of all the Hollis family tonight. We will all miss Aunt Katherine
In so many ways, but we also know where she is now. God bless all of you.
and find confort in the Lord.
Aunt Katherine was someone that I looked up to even when I was a child.
I always loved her dearly.

Arnold Roberts
   Posted Thu December 01, 2016
Caroline, Katherine, Sarah, and Sam, I am very sorry for loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mrs. Katherine was always nice and pleasant to me. God Bless

Ann & Wade Wilson
   Posted Thu December 01, 2016
Praying for peace and comfort for the family. Mrs. Hollis was a beautiful lady and admired by all.

Ann and Wade Wilson

Mauriel Joslyn
   Posted Thu December 01, 2016
Mrs. Katherine was one of the first people we met in Sparta when we moved here, and such a wonderful Southern lady. She was the epitome of that image. We shared a love of history and old houses with her, and always enjoyed talking with her. Prayers to the family, we love you and you are all in our thoughts.

Rick and Mauriel Joslyn

Elaine Carpenter
   Posted Thu December 01, 2016
.My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Hollis family at this difficult time. She was a beautiful Southern lady. Elaine Campbell Carpenter