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Holly Springs Cemetery
Wednesday June 26th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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James W. Wortham

James Wallace (WallyPop) Wortham, 83, of Searcy, passed away Monday June 24, 2019. He was born November 7, 1935 in Manila, AR to the late James and Mergie (Phillips) Wortham.


Wallace began farming as a young boy and it remained in his blood all of his 83 years. After high school, he joined the army in 1954 and served two years driving a tank in Germany. After returning, his love of farming took him to ASU where he received a degree in Agriculture. He married Patsy Bryant, his high school sweetheart, in 1958. Wallace had quite an exciting variety of experiences throughout his career, first working for Allis Chalmers selling farm equipment in Kentucky, then teaching high school agri in Dumas, DeWitt and Searcy respectively. While in DeWitt, he took a hiatus from teaching to serve as assistant director at Rice Belt Vo-Tech, but after 2 years, the joy of teaching took him back to the shop and classroom where he remained, shaping young lives, until retirement. In addition to teaching, he worked for a friend farming and driving 18-wheelers as often as his schedule would allow.  He managed to do all this while being a devoted husband to Pat and the best Dad ever to Suzie. He loved to fish, camp, drive his red Chevy truck (Fords need not apply), build things, tinker in his shop, listen to country music including several trips to the Grand Ole Opry, keep everyone laughing with his famous quips and quotes, and quietly contribute to his community, always shying away from recognition or accolades. The world is a quart low on all good things without his presence.


Left to cherish Wallace's memory are his daughter, Suzie Wortham (Uta Jewell), his brother, Howard Wortham (Carol), two nieces, Peggy Crane (Tim) and Malinda Bates (Danny), two nephews, Barrett Wortham (Halston) and Scott Woods, his many friends and former colleagues and all the residents and staff at Oakdale Nursing Home.


In addition to his parents, Wallace was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Jane (Bryant), and one sister, Patricia (Wortham) Wright.


Visitation will be Wednesday, June 26th from 5:00 till 7:00 P.M. at Searcy McEuen Funeral Home.


Graveside service will be Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 A.M. at White County Memorial Gardens. 

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I will always cherish the memories of watching and learning from his interaction with students. His love encompassed each activity and life he encountered. As a coach in DeWitt, I cherished his friendship and admired his dedication in all his endeavors. Praise God for allowing me to share time with Wallace and his family! Randy and Linda Gatling

Randy and Linda Gatling Jun 26 2019 12:00 AM

Fond memories of Wallace and Pat-coffee and visiting at the kitchen table, working with fruit and vegetables in the summer, Susie practicing her trumpet on the front porch in the morning! Mrs. Pat singing in the choir!
We were fortunate to be neighbors when they lived in DeWitt! Lots of fun, they will live on in our memories!

Cooper and Connie Essex Jun 26 2019 12:00 AM

To the agriculture teacher who always pushed us to do better, be better, and have fun, memories are what we have and cherish always, fond ones, silly ones, angry ones, but those are the ones that helped us become the people we are today, From the classroom to FFA Camps, to show teams and judging contests, from CCEs to being in the shop, from recruiting me in the cattle show barn once you had my oldest sister in your program! You survived all 3 of us through your years and we take a little bit of you wherever we go! Thankyou for building lifelong friendships! Thank you for never giving up on us! May you enjoy your time with Ms. Pat, Jesus and the rest of your family in Heaven. Until we meet again, you will be missed, Mr. Wortham. - Heather Cox - Searcy Class of 1995, his last year to teach at Searcy High School.

Heather Cox-Underwood Jun 25 2019 12:00 AM

A Hydrangea was ordered on June 25, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jun 25 2019 12:00 AM

Claude and I have wonderful and fond memories of Wallace and Pat when they lived in DeWitt.-especially the road trip to Dogpatch! Great friends dearly missed.

Marjorie Jenkins Jun 25 2019 12:00 AM

A GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent on June 25, 2019

Suzie, Sending peace, love and an abundance of fond memories to soothe your broken heart. Much love, Janet, Lee and Louise.

Expression of Sympathy Jun 25 2019 12:00 AM