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J.W. Hollifield in the 50's

A policeman in Richwood
This is a photograph of a policeman in Richwood in the 50's. The picture was taken in 1954 or 1955 in front of the Hobby Shop on West Main Street near the old News Leader Offices.
Submitted by: Larry Ward
Larry showed the picture to his Mom visiting from Florida for the holidays and She said that it was J.W. Hollifield

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From: Chaffin, Henry A
Date: Mon, October 20, 2008 4:18 am
I was just looking at your picture of JW Holyfield on the Richwood site. I lived in Richwood in 1960 during my second grade year at school. I attended Milltown grade school. Everyone called JW, Jack Lucky. He would always be standing in front of the news stand on sat. Morning. I would go to the news stand and he always talked to me and teased me a little and then he would press a nickel into my hand and tell me to get a candy bar on him. HE was one of a kind. Every one loved him.
Henry Chaffin

Date: Fri, October 24, 2008 8:11 am
Hi Henry,
I totally agree that Jack was a great guy but I do not completely agree with that JW Holyfield is Jack Lucky. I think Jasper Lucky is the father of Jack Lucky and I know the Jack Lucky that lived on Chestnut Street down by the old Tannery Gym was the Nephew of Lucinda Lucky who married Samuel L Hart, Sept. 03, 1899 in Spencer, Roane County, West Virginia. Samuel L. Hart is the nephew of Nancy Hart, Confederate Spy of Roane County. We have got to get some input from the persons who knew him best and two of those persons are Charlotte and Kay Mullens, they would be in their 60's now...

From: "Chaffin, Henry A,b
Date: Mon, October 27, 2008 2:49 am
You are probably right on the Jack Lucky part. I just associated the name Jack with Jack Lucky when I seen the pic. Jack Lucky was a friend of the family but I was only 8 years old at the time so I probably got them mixed up.
Henry Chaffin

reply for #754 Guestbook entry
From: Millie Hammonds Stinnett
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 11:05:31
Jerry Webb Hollifield b.1882 d.1940 and Texas Arizona Stalcup Hollifield b. 1890 d. 1965 both are buried in Richwood Cemetery relocated from Bryson City, Swain Co NC to Richwood just before 1930. Of there children there were two boys: Christopher H. "Harve" Hollifield b. 1924 and Jerry Webb "J.W./Jay" Hollified b. 1922. Both boys served in the Marines during WW II/J W received a PURPLE HEART. J W married Doris Jack. He was on the Richwood City police force in 1954 when we had the bad flood, then I think he worked as a Nicholas Co Sheriff Deputy for a few years then in 1958 came back to Richwood as a city policeman at that time Chief: William "Pickle" Spencer, other officers were: Jack Lucky and Bernard Dawson. I don't remember what year J W left the police force but he died in 1961 while at work with a construction company near Kingwood. I will post separately a picture of JW included in an article "Richwood State Champ Supplier of Marines"

Answering comment 754 Guestbook,
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10:46:10
police officers... was talking to my mom who's 75 and ask her about officers at that time... she said several names and hope it can help name the one in your picture.... in the 1950 as best she recall...Daton Webb, Pickle Spencer, A Sward? or Sword who lived in Milltown.

From: Ben Kesterson
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 14:33:09
Along with J.W. Hollifield, Jack Lucky, Bernard "Deboone" Dawson, etc I think Bob Wilfong was on the police force around the same time! He still lives in Richwood the last time I was there for CRF.

The policeman is JW. Hollifield he is my uncle from my mothers side (Bobbie Hollifield). He was a great uncle and always showed me a good time. He used to take me swimming at the old fishing hole.
Cynthia Wilson Cole <wilson_cynthia @>
Sarasota, Fl USA - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 19:43:38 (CDT)

J.W. Hollifield was also my uncle. He was my father, Harve Hollifield's brother. He lived in Milltown, beside the Hanna's, right across the street from the grade school. You must be my cousin Cindy. I remember all those great times when your family would come to visit. We would go to Woodbine, the Falls, all those great places. What wonderful memories!
Jeff Hollifield <>
Princeton, WV USA - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 16:13:57 (CDT)

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