Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


December 13, 2013

Oran Wharton

JACKSONVILLE — Graveside services for Oran Whorton, age 93, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville with Pastor Dan Cummins officiating.  Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in


Mr. Whorton passed away Monday, Decem-ber 10, 2013 in Jackson-ville.

Oran was born November 22, 1920 in a log cabin on the Whorton homestead in the hollers of the Ozark Mountains near Clinton, Arkansas.  He was one of six boys who worked their family farm until he was called into military service in World War II.  He served in the United States Army as a Platoon Sergeant in the Philip-pines and Asiatic-Pacific Theater in charge of 56 men of the 3768 Quarter-master.  He was awarded several metals including the Purple Heart.  He received several letters of commendation for his outstanding service to his country. A retired driver from Mobil Oil Corporation for 30 years, he was an active 20-year-member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and past president of the Jacksonville Rodeo Association. He was an avid golfer at Hilltop Golf Course in Troup.

He was able to accomplish 3 of his life’s goals: be retired longer than he worked, shoot a hole-in-one, and par his age.

He was a faithful Christian member and founding deacon of Bridlewood Church. He was a beloved husband and loving father of two daughters.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Alice Whorton; brothers, Harold, Virgil, Clinton, and Larry Whorton.

Survivors include his wife of 67½ years, Maxine Whorton of Jacksonville; daughters, JoAnn Cummins and husband Dan of Jacksonville, Jennie Neely and husband Tom of Troup; brother, Homer Whorton and wife Azell of Pueblo, CO; three grandchildren, Tad Neely of Troup, Chad Reed and wife Kelly of Tyler, Ashley Flynn and husband Sean of Weatherford; eight great-grandchildren, Dusty and Thomas Neely, Laurel, Annabelle, Sterling, and Mikel Reed, Madison and Ryder Flynn; several nieces and nephews.                                                                                     

Pallbearers are Tom Neely, Tad Neely, Chad Reed, Sean FlynnDee Cattlet, Joe Weaver, Ronny E. Lee, and the men of Bridlewood Church.

Visitation will be from 2:30-4:30pm on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

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