8/28/1859 - 1940

The Headlight
Eagle Pass, TX


Rev. J.D. Worrell, age 81,PassesTo Great Beyond After LingeringIllness;
Burial In Eagle Lake
Masonic Cemetery

The passing of the Rev. John Durant Worrell, Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Hospital at Columbus marked the close of a useful and eventful life.

The Rev. Worrell was born in Butler County, Alabama, August 28th, 1859. In a few weeks he would have passed his eighty first milestone.

When a lad he came with his parents to Texas and they located in McCulloch County. He was the son of the Rev. J.D. Worrell, also a Methodist minister. Living on a ranch or engaging in stock raising, young Worrell as he grew up, had only the advantages of the common schools but being a lover of books, he read extensively. This self study assissted him materially hen he entered Southwestern University as a theological student.

He was married to Miss Elizabeth McMahan, September 19th, 1883 at Camp San Saba in McCullough County. To this union were born eight children. One son, who was killed in World War service, preceeded him to the grave.

The surviving children are G.N. Worrell and Mrs. S.J. Fisher, San Antonio; John D. Worrell, Corpus Christi; Mrs. H.V. Harrison, Houston; Mrs. Charles Carson, Uvalde; Mrs. J.M. Hill, Tulia and Mrs. J.I. Hollaway, Eagle Lake. Thirteen grandchildren also survive.

The Rev. Worrell entered the ministry about 1891, serving actively over a period of 35 years until his health failed. After being superanuated, he returned to the ministry for five years and first made his home in Kinsville, later Luling and four years ago came to Eagle Lake. For some time his health has been rapidly failing, the last immediate attack started some two weeks ago. He was removed to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

His body lay in state at the J.I. Hollaway home, that of his daughter, until it was removed to the Methodist Church where services were conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday by the Rev. K.R. Hemphill assisted by the Rev. Stanley Haver of Yoakum, a beloved friend and associate.

Six of his grandsons served as casket bearers. They were Dr. Hubert V. Harrison of Freer, M.B. Harrison of Houston, Jack Fisher, Jr., W.H. Worrell, Guy Worrell, Jr., of San Antonio and John D. Worrell III of Corpus Christi.

The local Masonic Lodge had charge of the committal service, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery, The Rev. Worrell having been a life member of the Luling lodge.

The Masonic casket bearers were A.H. Dipple, L.B. Ahlers, R.P. Wilcox, G.H. Salladay, V.D. Morris and W.H. Albrecht.

Both ministers spoke feelingly of their association with the deceased, of his pioneer life and effective church building. He was typified as rugged and true throughout the years of his ministry, carrying God's message from community to community, and now he receives his final appointment to Heaven. The service were as a crowning of a life well-filled, there were exquisite flowers breathing a fragrant message of sympathy, also comforting music as the double guartet rendered "Abide With Me" and "Old Rugged Cross."

He realized the time of his departure was at hand. Truly can it be said of him that he fought a good fight and has entered into the joys of his Lord. He was a good man, a good father and a glorious minister. To his devoted companion, who is let to mourn his loss ana to his grief stricken children the Headlight extends deepest sympathy. May love and abiding faith lighten the cross of your affliction. May his sleep be sweet.

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