Van Lee Wortham was born January 10, 1942 to the late Van and Comora Carothers Wortham in Lafayette county, MS.
He received his education from Taylor Community School and was a graduate of Taylor Vocational High School’s class of 1961. Van demonstrated leadership skills at a young age and often put others before himself. These very characteristics, plus excellent grades, paved the way for him to be voted class president.
He professed his hope in Christ at an early age and united with North Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, where he remained a member until his death.
On December 22, 1963, Van married Russell Mae Houston and to this union, three children were born. He was a doting father and grandfather, mentor and pillar in the Taylor community, and provided a helping hand whenever needed.
Van was employed by the Lafayette County Supervisors for more than 30 years. When he was not working, he absolutely loved being outside working on his farm, working puzzles, listening to good music, and being with his family.
On Sunday, April 25, 2021, he traded his earthly life for eternal life with the Lord. His love, laughter, genuine spirit, and presence will be missed. Left to cherish his memories are his children, Herron Wortham (Vendetta) of West Palm Beach, FL, Dan Egerson (Marcia) of Pearl City, HI, April Wortham – Nelson of Atlanta, GA (Neil) and Vanessa Wortham – Hunt (Darryl) of Houston, TX; four grandchildren, one great grandchild; companion, Mae Frances Mitchell of Oxford, MS, North Hopewell Church family, Taylor community, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Russell Mae Wortham.
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