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John Howard McWhorter

February 6, 1938 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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John McWhorter Obituary

John Howard McWhorter

     John Howard McWhorter, 86 of Horner, WV, and Romney, WV, laid down his working tools and went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. He was born Sunday, February 6, 1938, to the late Howard Ray and Thelma (Linger) McWhorter. He spent his childhood and most of his life on the family farm on Snyder Run Road in Horner, WV.

     John was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Gelene McWhorter. He is survived by their children, Charlene (Dan) Brannon, Michael (Michaela) McWhorter, and Ralph (Barbara) McWhorter, and seven grandchildren and their families. He is also survived by his sister Betty Ray Loyd.

     Also, left to treasure and cherish his memory forever are his wife Kelly and step-daughter Harmony.

     John was a 1956 graduate of Weston High School. He served his beloved country in the United States Marine Corps for three years. John was a graduate of the Nashville Auto Diesel College, where he graduated second in his class. He taught an adult mechanics class for two years at the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center. He worked for the West Virginia Division of Highways for 35 years and retired in 1996.

     John was a member of the Horner United Methodist Church, where he was saved through the preaching of Rev. Bill Dawson. Recently he attended the Old Fields Baptist Church. His favorite hymn was “In the Garden.”

     As a child, John was a member of 4-H and achieved an All-Star distinction. John was also a Master Mason. He joined Franklin Lodge No. 7 in Buckhannon, WV, in 1988, and transferred his membership to Clinton Lodge No. 86 in 2017.

     John had a passion for gardening and had a full-size garden until he was 84, sharing the bounty with all of his neighbors. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and basket weaving. He loved visiting with family and friends and always had a good story or a joke to share. He liked to travel, and Amish country in Ohio was one of his favorite destinations.

     The family would like to thank all of the supportive friends that were there for them throughout John‘s illness.

     At John’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at the Miller Cemetery in Horner, WV.

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