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, Texas in 1938 to Forest Raymond and Yuba Luther 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 preceded in death by his wife, Edelmira “Edie” Flores Whitworth; his parents, Yuba and Raymond; and two brothers John Richard and Gerald Patrick.
He is survived by his brothers, Charles (Mary Ann) Whitworth of Houston, Robert (Linda) Whitworth of Sterling, Virginia; his fiancée Diana Walker of Harlingen; four children: Mark (Jana) Whitworth of McAllen, Danny (Constance) Whitworth of San Antonio, Ted (Angela) Whitworth of Grand Prairie, and 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.
Visitation will be at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with a rosary service 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.
Lou Castro, Joel Nelson, David Perez, Bobby Stevenson, Louis Whitworth and Richard Whitworth are honored to be serving as Paul's pallbearers. Martin Garcia, Walter Russell, Emilio Sanchez, Dan Wetegrove, Charles Whitworth and Robert Whitworth will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Dear Danny, Connie and Family:
We are very sorry to learn of the death of your father, Danny. We didn't know him well, but on the few occasions we were with him we liked him very much. We especially enjoyed him the time we stayed in his Brownsville home.
Our condolences to you, to his extended family and his friends.
John and Adrienne
John and Adrienne LittleRaleigh, NC
Our deepest consonances to you Mark and your whole family. Watching the memoriam video & hearing your stories over the years, (& getting to know you) there’s a sense of his character & love of people & life. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for strength for your family at this difficult time. Carrie & Charlie Ochoa
Carrie & Charlie OchoaMcAllen, TX
I am saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was always so nice to whoever crossed his path. A gentleman and scholar he was and his legacy in journalism will always love on. Mark, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you each strength in the coming days.
John TamayoChicago, IL
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. May he Rest In Peace. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Kathy DempseyBrownsville, TX
Our prayers go out to the family of Paul, and we thank you all for sharing him with us since 1976. We have many fond memories that we will cherish forever. We have been blessed by knowing Paul. We spent time together doing a lot of things, sometimes disagreeing, but that never stopped our friendship. We have ben blessed to know him and your family. Until we meet again, Sheriff and Mrs. Spence and staff of the Willacy County Sheriff's Office, past and present. God Bless!
Larry G. SpenceRaymondville, TX
Our son’s played football at St. Joseph Aca together back in the 90’s, and we spent many an afternoon and evening in the stands routing for our team and discussing curent events and politics. A real gentleman and a great guy to be around. Heaven is a better place today. Our condolences to the family.
Kathy and Randy DavisInez, TX
So sorry for the loss of your dad! Please know you and your family is in my thoughts. He was a wonderful and faithful servant here on Earth. I know he will be welcomed with open arms to Heaven. Margaret Barnett
Margaret Lee Harder BarnettLavon, TX
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Father. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻✝️
Ceci RosasBrownsville, TX