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William "Dub" Hamilton Worrell, 91, of Brenham, died Aug. 22, 2011 in the Care Center of Brenham.
The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in Memorial Oaks Chapel.
Dr. Worrell was born April 1, 1920 in Waelder, Texas, to Guy and Marjorie (Baldridge) Worrell. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, attended North Texas State University on a football scholarship and was a graduate of the University of Texas Dental School in Houston.
Dr. Worrell served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant. After setting up a dental practice, he was called back into active duty for the Korean Conflict. He was again ranked as a lieutenant.
He was instrumental in introducing the use of mouthpieces in Houston sports and served as team dentist for the Rice Owls from 1954 to 1964, the University of Houston Cougars for 20 years, the Houston Oilers in the 1960s and the Houston Rockets for 25 years.
Dr. Worrell was a member of the Greater Houston Dental Society, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard Academy and International Academy of Gnathology.
In 1955, he served as president of the National Cutting Horse Association, was a lifetime director of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was a member of the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame and Tejas Vaqueros.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene (Hickman) Worrell; sons, William H. "Bill" Worrell, Jr. of Houston and John Worrell of Brenham; step-daughter Charisse Jones; grandson, Perry Wooldridge; two step-grandchildren, Sophie Jones and Mathew Jones; one great-grandson, Devon Woodridge, and Wanda Dowell, a loving and devoted friend of 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kytha Worrell; and brother, Guy Worrell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Cutting Horse Show, P.O. Box 20070, Houston, TX 77225.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham., (979) 836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2011
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