When Herbert Armstrong founded ‘The Radio Church of God’ in 1933, there was no television. The first televised event on Laura Street in Springfield may have been when Tom Adams of KVAL came to cover the memorial we had planned for Hollis Williams in a vacant building on Laura that was slated to be torn down. However, when the landlord got wind of it, he evicted us, and the first altar I made. When I told him Hollis was a homeless Veteran well-loved by all the folks at Safeway, which was just around the corner, he said;
“Then take your memorial over there!”
At the last-minute, Pat at Gyzmobyte got our tribute moved to the Campbell Center. The obstacles that got in the way of saying goodbye to Hollis on March 12, 2013, was epic. My ministry was waylaid, until I returned to Laura Street June 14, 2015. When I noticed all the America Flags waving around KORE radio, I was overcome with the truth that some things are inalienable. The spirit we put there when I climbed a ladder to nail the holder for the flag I purchased, did not parish. Indeed, this was a resurrection. Hollis looks down, and is well pleased.
In these videos you will see the place on the McKenzie River where I baptized myself in 1987. It is located about 58 miles from Laura Street. I took my neighbor Albert Hurt to Cowboy Church a couple of years ago. We lived on Oakdale St. but, Alberta moved to the apartment building I lived in in 1990 where I studied the Bible and worked on my theological novels ‘The Lion of God’ and ‘Where Art Thou?’ Alberta lives 50 yards from Laura St. Most of my spiritual work occurred within two hundred yards of the radio tower.
The New Radio Church honors all American Veterans, and is dedicated to making sure God and the Truth is on their side whenever they go into battle.
Jon ‘The Nazarite’
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – John Presco raised the flag Monday to remember his friend, Hollis Williams.
Presco hopes in the next few months he can raise enough money that Williams’ death will not have been in vain.
“He doesn’t have a home right now. He’s homeless in a morgue and I’m entering my anger stage on that,” said a downcast Presco.
It’s anger that he’s working out with a hammer. Presco mounted a new U.S. flag this Monday, raising Old Glory for the friend he lost Friday morning.
Presco said he found the 58-year-old Williams dead in his apartment Friday – an apartment Williams had moved into only 2 months ago.
According to other vets, Williams was well known in the homeless community who was often at a nearby Safeway store, collecting cans.
Now, a makeshift altar is set up in a vacant Laura Street building that Presco says was briefly used to hand out clothes to the homeless.
Presco wants the memory of his best friend to live on. His dream is for a veterans “stand-down” center that bears the name of Hollis Williams.
Presco said he wants to copy “stand-downs” held in Lane, Douglas and surrounding counties, to connect vets with mental health services, haircuts, job training and more.
“We got to let our veterans know that they haven’t fought in vain and that we care for them,” Presco said.
He said he doesn’t know where he’ll find the support or how long it will take – but to remember his longtime friend, he won’t give up easily.
“I suffered some homelessness and abandonment and stuff like that,” Presco said, “so I’m not going to abandon my friend.”
The property and house on Laura Street is being sold, so locating a center there is unlikely. Presco said that’s the kind of layout he’s looking for.
Services for Hollis Williams will be next Sunday 1:30 p.m. at Campbell Senior Center in Eugene