Leland Connally McWhorter, of Minden, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in the West Chapel at First Baptist Church, Minden. Burial will follow at Rocky Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Lisbon. Rev. Bill Crider and Rev. Leland Crawford will be officiating.
Visitation will be today (Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012) from 5 until 8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Leland was born in Atlanta, Texas to Raymond and Stella Connally McWhorter, and the family moved to north Louisiana when he was a baby where he grew up. He graduated from Summerfield High School and then attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston. His college was cut short as he joined the U. S. Navy where he served his country in World War II in the South Pacific. He spent most of his adult life in Houston, Texas where he worked as a geophysicist for Texaco, Inc. until he retired after 36 years. He then married his beloved wife, Nancy and moved to Bridge City, Texas. He lived there until four years ago when he and Nancy moved to Minden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Mavis, Eugene, R.G. and Wayne McWhorter; and his sisters, Mavinee McWhorter Suggs and Sylvia McWhorter Baten.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy; son, Michael W. McWhorter and his wife, Trini of Spring, Texas; daughter, Patricia McWhorter Kuehn and husband, Bob of Spring, Texas; his loving sisters, Sarah Louise Heberling of San Antonio, Texas, AvaNell McWhorter of Dixie Inn and Patricia J. Walker of Lindale, Texas; stepson, Dwight Stewart and wife, Sherri of Buna, Texas; stepdaughters, Carol Farley and husband, Herb of Haughton and Lori Rasberry and husband, Bryan of Bridge City, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Leland enjoyed bowling, fishing and working in the yard. He was a lifetime member and past Commander of the American Legion. His greatest passion was serving in his church, singing and leading the choir, teaching Sunday school and even driving the church bus. His last church home was here in Minden at First Baptist.
Honoring him as pallbearers are Jordan Connally McWhorter, Jerry D. Thomas, John D. McWhorter, Kyle Cowden, Ray Farley and Andrzej Stewart. Honorary pallbearers are Dwight Stewart, Herb Farley, Brian Rasberry Bob Kuehn, Jason Brinkle, Selvin Hobbs, Graham Gochneaur and Jason McWhorter.
His sense of humor and wit were with him until the very end of his life. He loved to make you smile.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude to Agape' Hospice and Meadowview Healthcare of Minden for their loving and compassionate care.
Memorials may go to Agape' Hospice, Minden; First Baptist Church, Minden; or First Baptist Church, Bridge City, Texas.