Johnny Leo McWhorter, born July 1, 1925, went to be with his Lord and Savior and his late wife, Burdene Price McWhorter February 9, 2022, afternoon. John and Burdene married May 7, 1952, and shared 68 years of marriage and 3 children, David John McWhorter, Lynn Price McWhorter, and Martha Lee McWhorter Gerhart, and their spouses, Drew McWhorter, Patsy McWhorter and Russell Gerhart. He also left six grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
He was born in Brandon, Mississippi and was the oldest son of Johnny Leo McWhorter, Sr. and Edna Lucile Gray McWhorter. He had a younger brother, Chester Gray McWhorter, who preceded him in death. John grew up knowing Jesus as his Savior from a young age. His Mother was a member of the local Methodist Church but for some reason John wanted to go to the local Baptist church and it was there as a child that he came to know Jesus.
John served in World War II mainly as a radio operator. He loved to tell stories of his experiences during WWII over in Germany. However, his love of telling these ''war stories'' was overshadowed by his love of telling his ''love'' stories. He loved to tell how he and his wife met and ''courted'' and he loved to tell how the Lord ''held him in His hand'' though out his life.
In the last years of his and Burdene's life they lived with their daughter, Martha and son-in-law, Russell Wayne Gerhart. They moved from their home in Conehatta, MS to Deer Park, AL in 2014. After they moved to Deer Park, they joined the daughter and her husband in their church home, Citronelle Memorial Baptist Church. They loved their new church home and their new church family loved them!
On a personal note: John McWhorter was my Daddy. He worked hard to support his family, first as a Boy Scout Executive and then for a while an Operator at the Hercules Plastics Plant. After our family moved from Sulphur, Louisiana back to Newton County Mississippi he made a living as a carpenter. He built our home with the help of his sons and his wife. (I don't think I was really much help!) Dad was a strict disciplinarian. He was tougher on my brothers than on me. One thing about it though, both my brothers grew up to be fine, respectable and loving family men. I can only speak for myself, but I grew to love my Dad more than I thought possible and formed a relationship with him that I will always cherish.
A memorial service will be held at Citronelle Memorial Baptist Church, Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Dino Danzey officiating. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Newton County Funeral Home, 9998 MS-15, Newton, MS 39345 with internment at the Beat Line Baptist Cemetery in Conehatta, Mississippi. Viewing and visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. before the funeral.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Our Daily Bread via OurDailyBread.org or by mail to Our Daily Bread Ministries, PO Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2222. Johnny L. McWhorter loved to share the love of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
Online condolences may be given at www.freemancitronelle.com.
Freeman Funeral Home - Citronelle, Alabama