Milton Ray Worth Obituary
WORTH, Milton Ray Milton Worth passed away on April 27, 2017 at age 92 after a brief illness. Milton was not afraid of death, noting that, “I get to rejoin the love of my life, my darling wife Laura.” Milton was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, his parents, Charles and Eunice Worth, his sister, Wanda Fay Worth Magill and brother, Alton Worth. He is survived by his sister Joyce Worth DuPriest; his daughter, Judy Worth of Lexington, KY; his son John Worth and wife Joan of McKinney, TX; his granddaughter Jennifer Worth Redden and husband Brian of Celina, TX; his grandson John Worth, Jr. and wife Aimee of Clarksville, TN; his grandson James Worth of Dallas, TX; and great-grandchildren Jordyn Redden, Bryson Redden, Avery Worth, and Adeline Worth. Milton was born on his grandfather’s farm near Frisco, Texas. He grew up in Dallas and attended Sunset High School. Milton’s passion was baseball. He was skilled enough that in 1941 he received recognition as Dallas’ outstanding amateur baseball player while playing for a semi-pro team whose roster only a few years earlier had included future Baseball Hall of Fame member Dizzy Dean. In February 1942 at age 17, and with his parents’ permission, Milton enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Throughout his time in service, he sent home half of each month’s pay to help his family. From 1942 through 1945 he served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Ellet. He saw battle action in the Coral Sea, at Midway, Tulagi, Savo Island, Guadalcanal, Kwajalein, Eniwetak, Palau, Saipan, the Bonins Islands, Guam, the Philippines Sea and Iwo Jima. Milton was honorably discharged in December 1945 as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. While aboard ship, he earned a GED high school diploma and served with such distinction that the Navy offered him an appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. At every port where his ship stopped on its way home in 1945, Milton and his crewmates played baseball games against other ships’ teams. After observing the exceptional baseball talents Milton displayed in these games, scouts for two major league teams each offered on the spot to sign Milton to a professional contract. But Milton declined the Navy’s and Professional Baseball’s offers. Back home his family needed his financial support to make ends meet. Milton returned to Dallas in December 1945. The Republic Insurance Company recruited him to play on their semi-pro baseball and softball teams while they taught him the insurance business. Milton was a independent insurance agent, initially with the Abe I. Brilling Insurance Agency, and later as manager of the Murray Insurance Agency. While working at Republic Milton met the love of his life, Laura McMahan. After a short courtship, they were married in January 1947 in Dallas. In November of 1947 Laura gave birth to Judy, and one year later to John. Milton and Laura moved the family to Richardson, Texas, in 1953, where Milton continued to live until his death. Milton and Laura were very active in their local church, both serving as Sunday school teachers and Milton serving as deacon and elder in the Abrams Road and Richardson East Churches of Christ. Together with three other dads, Milton formed Richardson’s first Little League baseball program. Richardson’s Little League program soon morphed into Richardson Boys Baseball Incorporated, which in turn morphed into Richardson Sports Incorporated. Although neither of them graduated from college, Milton and Laura emphasized higher education for their children and they proudly watched all their children and grandchildren graduate from college, several of them with advanced degrees. Milton remained a passionate baseball fan for the rest of his life, and his greatest baseball memories included watching the 1995 MLB All-star game at the Ballpark in Arlington with his son and grandson John, and watching James’ Plano West baseball team win the 5A State Championship in 2008. Milton was also an avid golfer, playing initially local municipal courses and later as a member of Glen Lakes Golf Club and Prestonwood Country Club. A graveside service will be held at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.