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Jerry Lynn Worthy, MD

February, 1932 - October 24, 2004


Published in the Dallas New Era Thursday, November 4, 2004
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The life of Doctor Jerry L. Worthy, age 72, was celebrated on October 27, after he left for his Heavenly home on Sunday, October 24, 2004. All eight of his children were by his side when Dr. Worthy left this world for Glory.

Dr. Worthy was born in Memphis, TN in February, 1932 and the youngest of 5 children. His mother Era raised him along with the help of his older brother, Bill and sister, Joy. Dr. Worthy's family was of very, very modest means and he learned early in life that he could advance in sports, particularly in the game of football, the game he loved throughout his life. He became a talented young tailback and was placed on the all Memphis City team through middle school and 9th grade. This skill proved to be one of the most fortunate events in his loife. Dr. Worthy received a football scholarship to a well respected, private high school known as Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tennessee. While at CMA his football career progressed and he was soon befriended by the local physician. He graduated as one of the otp cadets in his graduation class. He received a scholarship to the University of Tennessee but quickly learned that football was not his calling. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1957 and moved to Dallas in October of 1958 with his wife, Emily, and three small children. He began his medical practice in Dallas with Dr. Sam Braloy at Paulding Memorial Hospital. Within a year, he began a practice with his partner, Dr. JUohn Covington and later they founded and built Medical Arts Hospital/Clinic and practiced for 47 years.

During Dr. Worthy's practice, he performed hundreds of surgeries, delooivered hundreds of children and made many, many house calls allo over Paulding County. Dr. Worthy had two more chyildren with Emily Worthy and then 3 with Joannie East for a total of 8 children.

Dr. Worthy was a founding member of First Paulding Federal Savings & Loan, an original member of the Paulding County Water Authority, a member of the Paulding County Zoning Board, a member of the Paulding County Health Board and the jail doctor for many years.

He was a member of the Paulding County Board of Education during the integration period and the building of Paulding County High School. He was the Athletic Physician for Dallas High and Paulding County High for 30 years. He was the regional physician for Southern Railroad and a First Class Flight Physician for the Federal Aviation Administratsion. Dr. Worthy was also an instrument rated pilot in his own right and enjoyed flying very much. He received the FAA's highest award for his phenomenal efforts during the Southern Airlines DC-9 crash in Paulding County in the late 1970s. He was a founding member of the Paulding County Jaycees, a Mason as well as a Shriner. He was the first mayor for the City of Braswell in nearly 100 years.

Whether you knew Dr. Worthy as a doctor, pilot, golf course opreator or in one of the many civic or social organizations that he belonged in, you knew that he loved the people of Paulding County. He developed many real and lasting friendships.

Dr. Worthy is survived by his sons, Jerry Lynn Worthy Jr. and Greg D. Worthy and daughters, Karen Worthy Huff (David), Gayle Worthy Blalock (Wayne), Susan Worthy Powell (Bob), Necie Worthy Tant (Ray), Lynn Worthy Laas and Stacy I. Worthy, all of Dallas. He is also survived by his brother, William Worthy of Dallas and his sister, Joy Goodman of Bowden; 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Worthy was preceded in death by his parents, Mrs. Era Marsh Worthy of Dallas and Mr. William Worthy, Sr. of Nashville, Tennessee; his brothers, John Worthy and Paul Worthy and his grand-daughter, Addrianne Worthy.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 27, at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Clark Funeral Home with Reverend Marvin Cochran and Dr. Quinn Evans officiating. Interment followed in Paulding Memorial Gardens in Hiram.

Arrangements by Clark Funeral Home.

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