A scam artist and former radio preacher, he attempts to partner with Hazel to make money by founding the Holy Church of Christ Without Christ. When Hazel reveals that the “new jesus” is only a figure of speech, Hoover hires Solace Layfield to impersonate Hazel as the Prophet in his church, and runs a rival operation across the street from where Hazel is preaching.
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...have done for him. Meanwhile Hazel stands motionless and confused. The man introduces himself as Onnie Jay Holy. He continues to work the crowd, telling them that two months ago he... (full context)