TW McWhorter, 86, of Bandera, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at home. He was born during the Great Depression years on June 6, 1926 to Tom and Mary Griffin McWhorter in Madison County, TX.
Mr. McWhorter graduated from Madisonville High School - and from the cotton patch - in 1944. Just after graduation, but before Christmas, he was called into the Army Air Corps where he became a tailgunner on a B-19. Mr. McWhorter also served in the Korean conflict at Ellington Field during the Korean Conflict.
After his discharge from the AAF, he attended Sam Houston State College where he earned his business management degree along with a teacher's certificate. He later received a master's degree in history, but spent much of his time preaching the Gospel.
Shortly after his discharge, Mr. McWhorter married Lula Mae "Lou" Moore, his high school sweetheart, in 1947 in Wilmer. She stayed by his side for over 65 years and the couple had two daughters, Linda and Susan, who brought him great joy.
Eventually, TW began teaching at
Montgomery High School. Twenty-two years later, he retired from the job - of which he had become extremely proud.
Mr. McWhorter is survived by his wife, Lula "Lou" Moore McWhorter of Bandera; daughter Susan Edwards and her husband, Barnie; son-in-law Frank Hentschel; three grandchildren, Michael Hentschel and his wife, Karen; Brian Edwards and his wife, Ashley; and Tracy Edwards; and great-granddaughter Sarah, as well as by numerous other relatives.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Hentschel; sister Ruth Hall; and brothers, Lyndon Haire and Truman Morris.
A visitation will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm, Thursday, Oct. 4, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday, Oct. 5 at Grimes Funeral Chapels. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 am Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 am at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mr. McWhorter's name to the Madison County Museum. Telephone is 936-348-5230.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.