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Posted on: June 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Former mayor Ithiel Worden passed away June 22

Ithiel Worden

Worden, Ithiel Murray “Air Raid”, 89, passed away June 22, 2015 in Dallas, TX. He was born in Lubbock, TX on April 2, 1926. His parents John Adams Worden and Sue Murray Worden preceded him in death along with his brother John Blount Worden, wife Irene Elizabeth Worden whom he married May 7, 1952, and infant son John Lorimer Worden. He is survived by Son, Ithiel Murray “Mike” Worden, Jr.; Daughter, Sue Janine Worden; Son, Charles W. “Fred” Wells and his wife, Linda Rawlinson Wells; and Granddaughter, Amy Dawn Wells. Ithiel attended 6 schools in 5 states in one year during the Depression. He was a direct male descendant of Peter Worden I who landed on Cape Cod in the early 1600’s, and he joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 following a family tradition of military service dating to pre-Revolutionary times. He served aboard the USS Underhill DE 682 from its commissioning (plank owner) until it was sunk on July 24, 1945. After the war he worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator until a serious accident in summer 1952. Seeking to support his blended family from a hospital bed, Ithiel started a new career in cold-call sales, leading him to become a Real Estate Broker and Independent Insurance Agent. Ithiel was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cedar Hill. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Hella Shrine. He served the community of Cedar Hill as a member of the City Council and various boards. While serving as Mayor, he was instrumental in developing the Trinity River Authority for Southern Dallas County. He was an enthusiastic long-standing member of the DeSoto Stars Square Dance Club. As a great lover of life, Ithiel never met a stranger. He leaves a legacy of service to community, service to country, and love of family.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by David Clayton & Sons, Duncanville.

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