2018-05-02 / Obituaries


Paul Edward Whitworth, 80, died peacefully on Sunday, April 29, after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

Paul, or Edward as he was known in his youth, was born in Harlingen March 28, 1938 to Raymond and Yuba Whitworth. He grew up in Harlingen with his parents and four brothers. They were dedicated Catholics and charter members of St. Anthony’s Church. Paul and his wife, Edelmira, raised their four children in Raymondville and Brownsville, where they instilled the values of a Catholic education, hard work and devotion to family.

As a young man he joined the National Guard then spent five years as an assistant store manager with the S.H. Kress Company. He began his newspaper career in 1961 at the Temple Texas Telegram. He also worked for the Houston Post, the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and the Casa Grande Valley Newspapers in Arizona. Paul and Edelmira purchased the Raymondville Chronicle & Willacy County News on October 1, 1976 and worked side by side to publish the weekly paper. He was in his 42nd year as publisher of the Chronicle/News and his 57th year in the newspaper business at the time of his death.

In 2011, he was presented the Golden 50 award by the Texas Press Association celebrating his 50 years in publishing. Later the same year he was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.

Paul effectively balanced a career as a small business owner with regular road trips to Austin to attend Texas Longhorn football games with his children. He was an avid reader and fan of Texas history. Because of his time in Arizona, he was also passionate about Native American history, culture and art.

He served in many civic organizations over the years including the Raymondville Lions Club. He was instrumental in Willacy County politics and worked tirelessly exposing corruption and serving the local citizens. Paul loved to laugh and adored his children and grandchildren. He was a strong father figure and role model to them and to many more in the community.

He is survived by his brothers Charles (Mary Ann) Whitworth of Houston, Robert (Linda) Whitworth of Sterling, Virginia; fiancée Diana Walker of Harlingen; four children Mark (Jana) Whitworth of McAllen, Danny (Constance) Whitworth of San Antonio, Ted (Angela) Whitworth of Grand Prairie, Diana (Joel) Nelson of Dallas, nine grandchildren, Marissa Whitworth, Louis Whitworth, Emily Whitworth, Katie Whitworth, Vivianna Whitworth, Evelyn Whitworth, Edelmira Nelson, Hugh Nelson and Beatriz Nelson; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond; mother, Yuba; brothers, John Richard and Gerald Patrick; and wife, Edelmira “Edie” Flores Whitworth.

Recitation of the holy rosary is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville.

The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Brownsville. Committal services will follow the Mass at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are Lou Castro, Joel Nelson, Emilio Sanchez, Dan Wetegrove, Louis Whitworth and Richard Whitworth.

Honorary pallbearers are Martin Garcia, Walter Russell Charles Whitworth and Robert Whitworth.

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