James Pattison Worsham, born December 26, 1926, passed away on October 26, 2009. A lifelong resident of Clint, in the El Paso lower valley, he is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucy Anne Richards Worsham, father, Joe B. Worsham, mother, Genevieve Pattison Worsham and brother, Joe B. Worsham, Jr. "Jim" attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N M for 4 years where he was Cadet Captain. After serving a tour of duty with the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, he received a business administration degree from The University of Texas where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. For many years, he remained an avid Longhorn fan. Jim retired in 1985 from the El Paso Natural Gas Company after 27 years of service. Prior to that, he and his family owned and operated a cotton farm. Jim's devotion to his community included lifelong membership to Clint Bond Memorial United Methodist Church. His fraternal affiliations include: Fabens Lodge # 1202. A.F.& A.M., El Paso Scottish Rite, El Maida Shrine, York Rite, the Royal Order of Scotland, St. Alphege Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine and National Sojourners. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, past officer of The Grand Lodge of Texas, served as Imperial Chaplin for the Shrine of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children and a member of the Texas Lodge of Research. Jim holds the honorary 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. Survivors include son, James P. Worsham, Jr. and wife Shari, daughter Sally Worsham Wheeler and husband David P. Wheeler, grandchildren Clint and Haley Wheeler, Matt Worsham, Katie Worsham, great-grandson, Cade James Wheeler and extended family Judith Summers and Joe B. Worsham, II. Visitation will be on Monday, November 2 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home East. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Vista Ysleta United Methodist Church, 11860 Rojas Dr., El Paso, TX with Reverend Janice Kahl officiating. Pallbearers will be: Bill Skov, Bob Skov, Dale Reinhardt, Herman Hudson, Jerry Rogers, Jim Britton, Royce Barton, and Rusty Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be: Jodie Fields and John Nobles. Interment will follow at Evergreen Alameda. Donations in Jim's memory may be directed to the Bond Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Clint, TX 79836 or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219. Service arrangements have been entrusted to MARTIN FUNERAL HOME EAST, 1460 George Dieter Dr., El Paso, TX, 79936. (915) 855-8881.
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Published in El Paso Times from Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, 2009