William Dean Worthley (1950 - 2014)

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  • "With Deepest Sympathy Dr Ali Dr Tshibaka and Dr Gordon"
  • "Brother Bill, we miss you. Hope you noticed the light at..."
    - Heather Worthley
  • "Our deepest sympathy to Jody and Family."
    - Gary Stevens
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William Dean Worthley, 63, of Finksburg, Maryland passed away at the Dove House in Westminster, Maryland on July 26, 2014. Born November 8, 1950 to Jean Reese and Elmer George Worthley, and namesake of his uncle William Dean Reese, Bill was one of six children. He was raised on Lone Hickory Farm in Owings Mills, Maryland in a stucco bungalow built by his great-uncle and great-aunt Clement and Helen Reese. Bill survived a near-death experience at the age of three when he went into respiratory arrest due to choking on a kidney bean and was saved by an emergency tracheotomy performed by Dr. Clarence McWilliams in the ambulance on the way to Mercy Hospital. Bouncing back to life in an oxygen tent at the hospital, Bill went on to graduate from Franklin High School in 1968, attend the University of Baltimore, and join the Air Force in 1971. He served in England at Lakenheath and South Riceland Air Force bases where he was a champion chess player. Renowned for his ability to capture small wild animals bare-handed, Bill made the best catch of his life when he married his high school sweetheart, wild thing Jody Phillips, on August 6, 1983, in an alfresco ceremony at Lone Hickory Farm. He and Jody narrowly missed celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary. Bill was a skilled arborist, bird-watcher, dart and pool player, avid reader, and pyromaniac whose favorite holiday was the 4th of July. He loved to cook for family and friends, and he enjoyed eating and drinking. Bill was a loyal son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend and will be dearly missed by all of the human beings in his life and especially by his beagle, Andrews Reese Worthley. He is survived by his dear wife Jody Dale (Phillips) Worthley, his mother, Jean Reese Worthley (Miss Jean of Hodgepodge Lodge), uncle Andrews Reese, aunt Lorelle Reese, brother George Worthley and wife Glenda (Hawkins) Worthley, niece Wendy Velez, great niece Bianca Velez and great nephew, Jakob Velez, brother Kimball Eastman Worthley, furry nieces China and Lola, sister Waiva Worthley and husband Ken Alpern, nieces Helen and Phoebe Alpern, sister Heather Worthley and husband Don Miner, niece Joelle Worthley, nephew Maxwell Miner, and brother Asa Worthley and wife Eva Elmore, furry niece and nephew Bella and Cooper. Survived also by sister- and brother-in-law Meda and Charles Thomas, nephews Preston and Bradley Thomas, niece Diana (Thomas) O'Donnell, great-nieces Emily O'Donnell and Lucy Thomas, and great nephews Keegan O'Donnell and Charlie Thomas. Also survived by cousins Rosser Farley, Beth Hester, Constance Farley, Jean Harvill, Chris Proctor Crist, Bill Reese, David Reese, April Reese, Derek Reese, Bill Braker, Patricia Braker, Chip Braker, Beth Braker, Nancy Braker, Gretchen Braker, Lynne Hennion, Carleton Barron, and much beloved neighbor and friend Evyenia Paraskevoudakis. Bill donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to: Chincoteague Natural History Association 8231 Beach Road PO Box 917, Chincoteague, VA, 23336 http://www.piping-plover.org



Published in Carroll County Times on July 29, 2014
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