Mrs. Whorton was born July 14, 1932, in Rome, Ga., the daughter of the late William A. Johnson Sr. and Emmie Sparks Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil J. Whorton Sr.; a grandson, Adam Whorton-Spence; and a brother, Harold Johnson.
Mrs. Whorton was a graduate of Rome High and the University System of Georgia. She worked in education and healthcare and retired to be a full-time "Gran" to her grandchildren. She was an avid gardener as well as an active member of Sherwood Forest Baptist Church. When not spending time with her children and grandchildren, she enjoyed her vacation homes in the mountains and at the beach.
Mrs. Whorton is survived by her children, Lori Whorton-Spence, Rome, Joey (Belinda) Whorton, Cartersville, Bill (Linda) Whorton, Carrollton, Greg (Susan) Whorton, Cartersville and Kristi Whorton, Roswell; her grandchildren, Nicholas Whorton, Ethan Whorton, Abigail Whorton, Emily Whorton, Jeffrey Whorton and Joshua Whorton; her sister, Marsha (Joe) McKoy, Rome; her brother, William A. (Shirley) Johnson Jr., Rome; and many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church with the Rev. Rex Williams officiating. Interment followed in the East View Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chip Johnson, Tripp Johnson, and Nicholas, Ethan, Jeffrey and Joshua Whorton.
The family received friends at Daniel's Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., and at other hours is at the residence, 9 Parkway Drive.
Those wishing may send memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Assn., GA Chapter, 922 E. Morris St., Dalton, GA 30721 or Transitions Hospice, 610 Shorter Ave. N.W., Rome, GA 30165. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the Transitions Hospice and Right at Home for their loving care at such a crucial time in our lives.