Brig. Gen. (Ret) William L. Worthington
CENTRAL CITY - William L. Worthington, 76, of Central City, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, October 16, 2016. He was born May 29, 1940, to the late William L. Worthington, Sr. and Ida May French Worthington. Bill graduated as salutatorian from Orangeburg High School, from Morehead State University with a B.S. degree in Sociology, with a Master's degree in Personnel Training from Troy State University, and from the Penn State Executive Course.
The general was commissioned through Officers Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas and was a graduate of Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. He held a variety of assignments in maintenance and logistics fields as well as command positions at the wing, center, numbered Air Force and major air command levels. As a Vietnam veteran and in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield, Bill's love of country was exemplified by his 32 year career. His assignments included deputy chief of logistics for Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, VA; commander of 554th Operations Support Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada; and commander, 82nd Training Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Sheppard AFB, Texas. His major awards and decorations included Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Services Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Following retirement from the USAF, the general consulted for aviation services, primarily Lear Siegler Services, Inc.
Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Central City, a Kentucky Colonel, and member of numerous military organizations.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Yvonne Nicholls Worthington; son John William (Pamela) Worthington of Hurst, Texas; daughter Anne Maree (James) Worthington Carr of Austin, Texas; granddaughters Sarah Woodham Worthington, Laura Nicholls Worthington, Emily Stanford Cofer, Sara Ann Carr and grandson Justin Allen Cofer; one brother Jeffrey Lynn (Mary) Worthington of Maysville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by a sister Martha (Morgan) Bradford.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 21, 2016, at 1:00PM at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Rev. Chase Thompson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, October 20, 2016, after 5:00 pm at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Officers Christian Fellowship Memorial Fund, 3784 S Inca St, Englewood, CO 80110 or www.ocfusa.org or to an organization of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.
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