(NEWELL) The funeral for Chester Wortham, 81, of Newell will be Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at Iduma Congregational Methodist Church, Wedowee, with the Rev. Billy East and the Rev. Jonathan Hannah officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr. Wortham will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services.

Mr. Wortham died Monday, Sept. 9, at University Hospital in Birmingham.

A Wedowee native, Mr. Wortham was born May 15, 1938, the son of John and Annie Thrasher Wortham. He was a member of Iduma Congregational Methodist Church and the owner of Wortham Construction.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Wortham of Newell; two daughters, Lacey Blankenship (Chris) and Jessica Leach (Chris), both of Newell; two sons, Scott Wortham and Michael Wortham, both of Newell; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Annie Lois Shears of Oxford and Trudy Barron of Roswell, Ga. Mr. Wortham was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Shiflett, Lamar Landreth, Greg Daniel, Eugene Wortham, Wayne Wortham and Eddie Creed.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Iduma Congregational Methodist Church, c/o Larry Wortham, 191 County Rd. 285, Wedowee, AL 36278. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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