Johnny Geland Worthen, 84, of Orange, passed away Friday, April 29, at his home. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor David Milner of Calvary Baptist Church of West Orange. Entombment will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange.
There will be a gathering of family and friends prior to the service beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Elizabeth, LA., Aug. 3, 1931, he was the son of Joseph T. and Lydia (Dugus) Worthen. He was a welder for the Pipefitters Local 195 and was always a hard worker. He was a member of First Baptist Church of West Orange and enjoyed listening to Bluegrass music. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and duck hunting but more recently he enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his family.
Mr. Worthen is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lydia Worthen; wife, Donna Worthen; son, Geland Worthen; brothers, Hebert Worthen, Wendell Worthen and Little Joe Worthen and sister, Mary Crooks.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Meritta and Danny Kennedy and grandchildren, Shannel Taylor, Meritta Taylor, Tasha Baumgartner and husband, Tony, Lydia Broussard and husband, Joel, Bryan Worthen, Jimmy Owens and Monica Smith and husband, Luke. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Matthew Broussard, Madison Dyson, Davian Courmier, Ashtyn Jenkins, Garin Broussard, Emily and Brie Worthen, Brooke Smith, Jacie Hyatt, Rena Owens and Hanna and Alexis Baumgartner and one great-great grandson, Kylor Hyatt.