WHORTON, Jay
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Jay Whorton, 85, of Marietta died Monday, March 3, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Marietta with Dr. Sam Matthews, Rev. Elaine Wilder, and Rev. Claudette Farmer officiating. Jay was born in Dutton Alabama to the late Joseph Perry Whorton and Mary Ida Perry Whorton. He attended Delchamp High School in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Pisgah High School in Pisgah, Alabama. Jay received scholarships to play basketball, baseball, and tennis at Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education and was Kappa Phi Kappa. On the school’s 100th anniversary, he was named one of the 100 best athletes. After graduating from Jacksonville State, he spent several years teaching, coaching high school basketball, and running a summer camp for boys. In 1955, he started in the newspaper business as an assistant to Carmage Walls, President of the Southern Newspaper Group, and also worked for several of the Southern Newspaper’s affiliates, Scottsboro, Alabama, now called The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel, and Fort Payne, Alabama, now called The Fort Payne Times Journal. In 1959, he joined the Times Free Press, Carroll County Georgian, now called the Times Georgian, as the Advertising Manager. In 1971, he moved to Marietta and joined the Marietta Daily Journal, Neighbor Newspapers. Jay was a past President of the Marietta Rotary Club, past Chairman and board member of the Marietta Housing Authority, was a member of the Georgia Press Association, past President and board member of the North Georgia State Fair, long serving advisory board member of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Network, board member of the Jacksonville State University Alumni, member of the Carrollton Rotary Club, and a member of the Carrollton Lions Club. Mr. Whorton was a past member of the Board of Stewards and member of the First United Methodist Church of Marietta and a past President and member of the Jack Aaron Sunday School Class. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing tennis, and most of all, cherished and encouraged time together with family. Jay is survived by his wife of 61 years, Laura Arrington Whorton; children, Michael (Mike) Arrington Whorton and his wife, Vicki, Timothy (Tim) Perry Whorton, Joseph (Rick) Patrick Whorton and his wife, Beth; grandchildren, Laurie Whorton Walters (Clint), Joseph Arrington Whorton, Michael Williamson Whorton, Robert Zachary Whorton, Savannah Jaye Whorton, Hannah Elizabeth James, Emily Lauren Whorton, Mary Katherine Whorton; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Perry Whorton and Mary Ida Perry Whorton; two brothers, Lionel Maurice Whorton and Lauren Shelton Whorton; special friend and fishing buddy, John Tanner Jr. Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Ave SW, Marietta, GA 30064 or the Jay Whorton Scholarship Fund at Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Rd N, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Family will receive friends at a reception following the service at the Church. 770-428-1511. www.mayeswarddobbins.com
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