“We all have a favorite Jay Whorton story. Mine is the day he introduced me at the Marietta Rotary Club a number of years ago. For weeks, he had hounded me for an introduction he could use. I got one to him as requested. As he stood up to introduce me, he realized he had left it at the office and, in Jay style, decided to wing it. The more he said, the worse it got. Even I didn’t recognize who he was talking about. When he finally sat down, I got up, waited a moment, looked at him and said, “Jay, that was absolutely the worst introduction I have ever heard.” The members roared with laughter and Jay laughed the hardest. For years, he loved to tell that story on himself. A small thing, but it speaks volumes about a man who loved life, love people and, most of all, loved to laugh. I will miss him.”
— Syndicated MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough
“Jay is the brother I never had. We have been extremely close for more years than I can count. Just forever. When I mean close, I guess a definition of that is if I needed or wanted something and asked him to help me, and if it was within his power, he would see that it was done and would expect nothing in return. And I try to be the same way for him.”
— retired Georgia Supreme Court Justice Conley Ingram
“How could you say ‘No’ to Jay Whorton? He’d know everything about your family and everything about you and be truly concerned about you and your family. How could you say ‘no’?”
— Former Gov. Roy Barnes, on Whorton’s success as a salesman
“When he first came to town, he made a huge impact because he never met a stranger. He jumped right into the middle of everything that was going on in the community.”
— Former U.S. Rep. Buddy Darden (D-Marietta)
“I always loved to see him smile and walk around at the MDJ like he was king on the hill. He’d walk around that Marietta Daily Journal like he was the king on the hill. And he was. I say, ‘When Jay Whorton calls, you better call him back.’ He always told me to put the people before politics and I’ve done that. Put the people before politics.”
— Marietta Councilman Anthony Coleman
“Jay Whorton and I have known each other for 30 years and it was an honor to have called him my friend. I will miss serving with him on the North Georgia Fair Board as well as having lunch and discussing current events and politics with him. Jay lived a wonderful life and was a positive, outgoing person. He loved his job and did it well.
— Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren
“He really believed in what the board believes. We don’t believe in profiting from it in any way. But we take a lot of pride in making it a family affair where your family can feel comfortable and safe and it was not always that way.”
— former Cobb Sheriff Bill Hutson
“I think what I admired most about my friend Jay was the joy Jay found in introducing and uniting diverse people of different ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. He was the glue that bound people together in fellowship working toward the common good of the greater Cobb community. We can all benefit from emulating his kind examples.”
— Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn
“Jay was bigger than life. He made everyone feel special and inspired confidence that anything could be accomplished if we just put our mind to it. He loved people, all walks of folks, and has certainly left this world a better place by his presence.”
— Tim Lee, Chairman, Board of Commissioners
“‘Mensch’” is an old High German word meaning being sensitive to other people’s needs and seeking out ways to help them. The title is acquired by living close to family and extending one’s sense of obligation beyond the family to a broader community. Jay’s community was broad.
“In some circles mensch meant a ‘man for all seasons,’ and he was. His affable spirit and approachable nature made him a friend of many. His warm smile and wry wit enhanced his positive personality.
“In one sense, a person is what they are to us and to me he was indeed a friend. Though our annual contest was always close, he most often beat me in growing tomatoes. Now he has beat me to glory and he will be dearly missed.”
— The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price, pastor emeritus, Roswell Street Baptist Church