On September 24, 2021, Jimmy McWhorter took his last breath here on this earth and his first breath in heaven. He passed peacefully in Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
He is survived by his wife, Donna McWhorter; sons Michael and Mathew McWhorter; granddaughter Catie Wilkerson; Cassidy, Caroline and Avianna; great-granddaughter Kyndall; Ellie Wilkerson; great-grandson Wesley James Wilkerson; sister Wanda McWhorter Brown; and brother-in-law Gary Brown. He is preceded in death by his son Alex; his parents Jake and Mary McWhorter; Jean McWhorter; and brothers Donnie and Billie McWhorter.
Jimmy was born in Westover, Alabama to Mary and Jake McWhorter. “He was the answer to my prayers,” stated Mary. Jimmy had two brothers, Billy and Donnie, along with his sister Wanda. He graduated from Vincent High School. As with many men at the time, he was drafted into the Army. As fate would have it, he was rejected due to being flat-footed. Way to go, Dad. In the later years he worked at several nuclear facilities as a crane operator. He married Jackie Brasher from Birmingham and while there had a son, Alex, in 1966. Lived in Monroeville, Alabama for a short time, but before they left, Michael was born in 1969. Moved on to Dothan, Alabama. Alex was killed by a drunk driver while in Dothan in 1974. Matthew was born later that year. Moved to Jakin, Georgia to continue the country way of life. He showed his boys how to hunt, fish and search for arrowheads. Life was much simpler back then. From there we moved up to Newport News where he continued working at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant. Divorced in 1985 and remarried in 1993. He loved to garden, and was very proud of his tomato plants. One of his dreams was to get his pilot’s license. After helping his son Michael get his license, he finally made his dreams come true. In May 2010 Jimmy (Dad) obtained his private pilot’s license. He continued to fly up to 2016. In his later years he was tasked to take care of his wife while she battled debilitating health issues. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone that needed it. You will be deeply missed.
Interment will be held in Westover per his request, his beloved hometown. Donations can be sent to The McWhorter Trust Fund to assist with Donna McWhorter’s continuing medical condition. Please contact Michael McWhorter for details.