April 27, 2011 changed the landscape in Webster’s Chapel community. A tornado left the community without a fire station, community center and many homes. A. P. Hollingsworth’s store, which had served the area for many years, was also destroyed. Webster’s Chapel’s residents are hoping that the annual Red Neck Christmas Parade, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, will help rebuild the community center, which will carry Hollingsworth’s name.
Plaques will be sold to assist with that. Some, measuring 3 ½ x 4 ½ inches will cost $100. Individuals purchasing these can do so in honor or memory of someone or, if he chooses, can have his own name put on the plaque. The price for larger ones, mostly for corporations, are 8 ½ x 10 ½ inches and will start at $200 and go up to $500 or more. The plaques are tax deductible.
A Webster’s Chapel resident, Jerry King, whose home on Ross Lake Road, was destroyed by the tornado, said that the community center is already about 85 percent complete. It will be open the morning of the parade so that everyone can see how much has been accomplished.
The parade will begin at the fire station and go down Webster’s Chapel Road. It will turn onto Mountain View Road, then turn back south onto Ross Lake Road and end up back at the fire station. The route is estimated to be 3 ½ miles.
It will include all kinds of vehicles, including tractors, lawn mowers, antique cars and horses and wagons. There are no entries to fill out – everyone is invited to attend and drive, bring or haul his own entry. Webster’s Chapel United Methodist Church is sponsoring the parade.
King said his community hasn’t been able financially to finish the community center. He said he and other residents invite past residents, current residents and visitors to attend and help enable the completion of the A. P. Hollingsworth Community Center to serve the residents of Webster’s Chapel.