Luther W. Worrell, Jr.

Born: Wed., Sep. 2, 1936
Died: Wed., Apr. 22, 2020

Funeral Service

Sat., May 16, 2020
Location: - Not available -


12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Sat., May 16, 2020

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Luther W. Worrell, Jr., 83, of Columbia, passed into his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. 


He was born on September 2, 1936 in Florence, SC and was the son of the late Luther W. Worrell, Sr., Annie Laura Rowell Baker, and stepfather James Oscar Baker. During WW2, from 1940 until after the war, Mr. Worrell lived in Centenary, SC with his grandparents. He was a 1954 graduate of Carlisle Military School, then joined and served in the US Air Force until his honorable discharge in 1956.  After his military service, he began his career in auto finance with Motor Credit in Columbia and married his loving wife, Shirley Evans Worrell, in 1957.  In 1962, he went into independent sales and service with Paymaster Sales and Service.  In 1967, he opened Auto Recovery Bureau and later Eastside Paint and Body Shop.  Mr. Worrell moved through the various offices in the national auto recovery organizations and was respected for his leadership.  He started as a member and quickly moved to president and then served on the board of directors. He retired in 2006.  Mr. Worrell was a member of the Sertoma Club and was instrumental in establishing the first fundraiser for Riverbanks Zoo. He and his family were members of Temple Baptist Church and he faithfully served in various roles as a deacon, usher, and member of the bus ministry. 


Mr. Worrell is survived by his wife, Shirley Evans Worrell; daughter, Tammy (Bill) Herring; daughter, Robin (Steve) Cox, daughter, Kathryn Anne (K.A.) Worrell and her fiancé, Leon Millholland; grandchildren, Emily (Chad) Rainwater, Scott (Micaela) Brewer, Jacob Brewer, Benjamin Herring, Andrew Cox, Sarah Kate Brewer, and Abigail Cox; great granddaughter, Savannah Brewer; sister, Rebecca Hawkins; brother, James Oscar Baker, Jr.; and, sister-in-love, Pauline Evans; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  The family would like to thank the medical professionals who cared for Mr. Worrell and special appreciation to RasteviaCannon.


Mr. Worrell’s family will be receiving friends from 12:30 to 1:30 with a service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home, 4645 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, SC  29229.  The service will be streamed live on Facebook.  To request membership in this group, search for “To Celebrate the Life of Luther W. Worrell, Jr.”  A graveside service will be held at Black River Cemetery, Mayesville, SC at 4:30 p.m.


The family requests donations be made to the First Baptist Church Columbia TV Ministry, or 1306 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29201, the Temple Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 806 Universal Drive, Columbia, SC 29209, or the Black River Cemetery fund, P.O. Box 441, Mayesville, SC 29104. 


In the interest of keeping guests safe, the family has selected a large location to allow for social distancing. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available for guests.  Please sign the guest book and leave condolences.



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Jessie rogers Haymond
   Posted Sat April 25, 2020
I have known Williard all my life. He was a good friend of my brother, Bobby, who died when he was 15. Williard hitch hiked to his grandmother's house in Centenary, and hung around at our house a lot. He had a kind heart, and was always ready to give, He loved Centenary, and wherever he went, it was always home. He was a part of my growing up years. Later in his life, he called me and asked me to tell him to keep him posted on what was going on in Centenary. We talked many times about his memories of being here. I will always remember him. My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. Jessie

Sharon Avinger
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and ask God to bring you comfort as only He can.

christina d byers
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Thinking of you KA. Here if needed, love you.

Lisa B Williams
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Mrs. Shirley and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Luther. I will miss his many stories and jokes. It was a pleasure to have known him at Wellmore and an grateful for the many meals we ate together. Please lean on me for anything you may need.
Lisa Williams

Dan and Virginia Johnston
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Shirley, we were so sorry to hear about Willard. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Peggy Huber-Lacy
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
To, my beloved sister-in-law, Robin, I know you are heartbroken. Memories of our Dad will always be with you. My love and prayers to Shirley, Tammy and KA.

Ralph Evans
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
I'm sorry I will be unable to attend the services for Luther. My prayers and best wishes go out to you, Shirley, and to your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the rest of Luther's family. May our loving God give you comfort and peace. Always, Ralph

Barbara McIntosh Witherspoon
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
We were very sorry to hear about Luther’s passing. He’s at peace now and not suffering. Our prayers are with Shirley and all of the family.

Barbara McIntosh Witherspoon
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Rick (Ricky) Evans
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
It greatly saddens me to hear about Uncle Luther's passing. He was such a great influence in my life. Growing up, our families seems to as one, sharing so many memories of his leadership and good humor. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with Aunt Shirley, Tammy, Robin & KA.

Anne York
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
Shirley I am so sorry to hear of you losing Willard. Gosh, brings back some old memories of good times. Know that you and the girls will be in my prayers. Gods Peace, Anne (Briggs) York

Ephraim S.Garrett
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with youall - -I knew Robert at Carlisle - - he was a great guy

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