LONGVIEW — J. Lynn McWhorter, loving son and brother, died unexpectedly in the early hours of September 24, 2013. He was 52 years old.
Lynn was born May 26, 1961, in Longview, Texas. He attended Mozelle Johnston Elementary, Judson Jr. High and Longview High School, graduating in 1979. He was in the choir in both junior high and high school. He also attended Kilgore College and Texas A&M University
, majoring in parks and recreation. He later attended the Perkins School of Youth Ministry in Dallas.
Upon returning to Longview from South Carolina in 2004, he and his family founded J&A Cooper Development, LP and the McWhorter Group, LLC. He was instrumental in developing Cooper Farm Subdivision here in Longview, where he was general manager. This led Lynn to being a member of the East Texas Builders Association since 2005, where he served on the Board of Directors for several years.
He was also a member of the Texas Builders Board of Directors, a director of the Wesley Foundation at Kilgore College, a past member of the City of Longview Planning & Zoning Commission for 6 years and was on the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Early Responders Team.
Lynn was a lifelong member of Winterfield United Methodist Church, where he formerly served as Youth Director under the Rev. Rick Goodrich. Rick got him started in the mission field, where he went to Belize on several trips, then began going to Russia (4 trips). A love of God and working for the church was his life. He was in the bible studies the youth had at Winterfield. He was instrumental in getting the new building there – the Anchor – built and practically moved in making sure to see it finished.
He was responsible for getting the Asbury House kids to have their graduation service there and also was responsible for the New Gate volunteers having a wonderful dinner there. This past summer, he helped with the United Methodist Army Conference there in an unofficial capacity. There were many more events forthcoming he was planning on having there as well.
Lynn loved traveling and working with senior citizens and was also available to do any job his dear friends, District Superintendent Bill Taylor and Jim Welch, would ask of him.
Lynn was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, John W. Cooper; great-grandmother, Alice Cooper; grandfather, Loyd W. Richardson; and grandmother, Katie Lee Richardson.
Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Mary Ann Richardson McWhorter and Morgan McWhorter; his brother, Lloyd McWhorter and wife, Lori; his uncle, Jimmie McWhorter; aunt, Mable Bradshaw, all of Longview; as well as many cousins.
There will be a celebration of life reception for friends and family 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Anchor Building of Winterfield United Methodist Church, 2616 Tryon Rd., Longview. Come share the fellowship and food and share your favorite story and memory about Lynn.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the John Lynn McWhorter Memorial Fund, c/o Winterfield United Methodist Church, 2616 Tryon Rd., Longview, TX 75605.