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Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Harold Holifield

Harold was born September 4, 1926 to Abb and Pearl Holifield. He attended Soso high school until in the 11th.grade and later went into the army, after training he spent time in Japan. Bro. Holifield was saved at Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Harold and Ann were married April 17,1948, by Bro. Carl Moss pastor of Spring Hill. Ann was born to Grover and Vena Graham.

The Lord blessed their union with two children, four grand children, and five great grand children. Charles is the oldest, he married Kathy Murray. He is a deacon, treasurer, teacher, and music director at Old Antioch at Gitano. Kathy teaches school at South Jones. They have two daughters, Kristen is married to Darrell Martin, and she is an attorney, their daughter is Audrey. Kelly Charles and Kathy’s youngest, has a daughter, Sarah and a son Levi, And they live in Starkville. Pat is married to Rev. Sidney Davis, and they with Ms. Betty Turnbow operate the Miss Baptist Children’s Home. They have two sons, the oldest is Rev. Danny Davis, he is married to Jennifer Donahoo, Danny pastors Mt. Olive Baptist at Meridian and Jennifer teaches music in the meridian School system, they have a son Connor and a daughter Anna. David is single and does the grounds upkeep at the children’s Home. Bro. Holifield surrendered to the ministry the second week in August of 1949.

The churches which the Lord blessed Bro. Holifield to pastor was: Zion at Anguila , Oak Grove at Hattiesburg, Bethel at Wiggins, Forked Oak at Booneville ( twice), Pine Ridge at Laurel (twice) Little Creek at Perkinston , Antioch at Gitano, Interim at Pear Orchard in Jackson, Interim at the Miss. Baptist Children’s Home at Shady Grove, First Baptist at Calhoun. The Holifield’s are very thankful that God gave us opportunity to pastor these good churches. He allowed us to stay at Antioch 24 ½ years, and at Calhoun 11 years, these were the longest times.

In 1969 Bro. Holifield was hired at Jones Junior College to teach, and stayed 20 years. He obtained a M.S. degree from USM.  An associate from Southeastern, and attended Jacksonville Baptist College at Jacksonville, TX.