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Clarke Stewart "Stu" Worthington

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Clarke Stewart "Stu" Worthington - HICKORY, NC - Clarke Stewart "Stu" Worthington, 81, of Hickory, North Carolina, died peacefully with his family at his side on January 21, 2012 at Lutheran Home West in Hickory, North Carolina. Born February 26, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois, Stu was the eldest son of Myron and Dorothy Worthington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Bill Worthington of Delavan, Wisconsin and Ron Worthington of Savannah, Georgia. Stu is survived by his wife, Christine "Tena" Worthington, his daughter Chrisanne Mitchell and husband Lamar, his son Robb Worthington and wife Jacqui, granddaughter Georgia Mitchell and grandson Stewart Mitchell, all of Hickory; his sister Ann Owen and husband Bill, of Kenosha, Wisconsin; his cousin Trudy Gibson of Racine, Wisconsin; nieces, Polly Elrod of Appleton, Wisconsin, Wendy Owen, of Chicago, Illinois, Tracy Emayan, of Berkeley, California, and Hallie Worthington, of Savannah, Georgia, and nephew, Jonathon Worthington of Savannah, Georgia, in addition to grand nieces and nephews and many treasured friends, especially Robert Bush and Charles King of Savannah, and Nevika King of Atlanta. Stu graduated from East Rockford High School in 1947 and attended the University of Wyoming until 1949 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Texas, he met and married Tena in Waco, Texas in 1955. After being honorably discharged from the military, Stu completed his baccalaureate degree in art and psychology at the University of Arizona in 1956. He and his family returned to Rockford where he began a career in commercial advertising. He later returned to his studies in psychology earning his Masters degree from Northern Illinois University in 1964 and his Doctorate from Emory University in 1968. Stu accepted a position as professor of psychology at Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia. He was Head of the Psychology Department until his retirement in 1992. He and Tena enjoyed many happy years in Savannah. In 2005, his poor health necessitated a move to North Carolina. Stu was a loving husband and father with a wry sense of humor and passions for reading, living frugally, protecting the earth, listening to and playing music, and quiet times with family and friends. In his lifetime he enjoyed water and snow skiing, rock climbing, motor biking, herding cattle on horseback, flying small planes and, perhaps most of all, sailing along the Intracoastal Waterway and tidewaters near Savannah. Memorial Services will be held in Hickory, North Carolina at Lutheran Home West on February 11th at 2 PM and in Savannah, Georgia on March 10th at 3 PM at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Home Hickory West (1125 10th Street, N.W., Hickory, NC 28601) or Oatland Island Wildlife Center (711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, GA 31410). Bass-Smith Funeral Home Hickory, NC www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com Savannah Morning News January 26, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .

Published in Savannah Morning News on Jan. 26, 2012
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