W. J. Worrell, Jr.

Born: Sat., Feb. 22, 1958
Died: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 25, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church


Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Nov. 25, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church


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W. J. Worrell, age 59 of Pulaski County, died Monday, November 20, 2107 at Lewis Gale Hospital – Pulaski.  W.J. was born February 22, 1958 to the late William J Worrell, Sr. and Helen Lester Worrell of Hiwassee, VA and was blessed with a dad that instilled a passion for hunting and all things out-of-doors. W.J. went to college at Virginia Tech and earned a BS in Biochemistry and subsequently an MS in Physical Chemistry.  W.J. went to work for Hercules Powder Company at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant and became a “Propellant Development Engineer”. For most of the rest of his 30-year career, his job was essentially also his hobby.  W.J. progressed in various engineering/technical functions to Technical Director, Chief Scientist, Chief Engineer and ultimately Program Manager where he ran the Alliant Powder Business. He holds several patents for propellants, propellant processing and ammunition design.  W.J. is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Donna Daigle Worrell and daughter, Brittney Lu Worrell, and many loving Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.  He was proud that Brittney chose to follow in his footsteps at Virginia Tech to study Biochemistry and go on to Dental School next fall.  Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Melissa Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends in the overflow section of the church’s chapel from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  

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Barry and Cathleen Godwin
   Posted Tue November 21, 2017
Donna and Brittney, Our hearts go out to you both. This is such a great loss. WJ has been my friend,hunting partner and mentor at Pine Ridge. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Barry and Cat

Bill Eddleman
   Posted Tue November 21, 2017
I consider the highlight of my trip to Pineridge Grouse Camp this year to be the day I got to hunt with WJ and Tracey Baker. WJ went out of his way to make an old man but new comer to grouse hunting, feel at ease and welcome. Unfortunately, it will be the last time I will hunt with WJ in this life, but maybe we will meet again. I hope so. If I was to describe WJ in one word, it would be "Gentleman".
I am so sorry for your loss of such a grand man at such a young age. Know that my thoughts and prayers will be with WJ and the entire family this Saturday.
Bill
813-818-4706
Tampa, FL 33626

Dennis J. Murray
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
So sorry to hear of W.J's passing! Although I haven't seen him much since I retired, I considered him a good friend. I remember the good times we had when W.J., Dean Goodman, and I would have informal shooting matches.
W.J. will be sorely missed!

You'll be in our prayers, Donna!
Dennis & Barbara Murray

EARL N JOHNSON
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017

Designers Choice was sent by Earl N Johnson.

WJ - You have been my roomie, buddy, soul mate and confidant over the last ten years at Pineridge Grouse Camp. I cannot imagine these GOOD TIMES without you !! You leave a horribly humongous hole in my life !! ENJ


Earl N Johnson
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
Donna & Brittany,
WJ has been one of my best buddies over the last ten (or more) years at Pineridge Grouse Camp. He was my roomie, confidant and buddy. We shared, consoled and conversed as husbands, dog guys, lovers and GUYS. (Please know that all discussions were respectful and honest !) I will miss this VA boy, horribly ! ! ! ! I cry to think that the Good Lord thinks his work was DONE - I disagree ! ! We still NEED him ! ! But I respect and honor the Good Lord's judgments ! Please know that I (we) are available if we can do anything for you. May God Bless you as you work through this trauma. Earl J

David R Smith
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
Donna and Brittney, I am so sorry for the loss of WJ. WJ and I were friends and co-workers for more than 25 years. He and I worked on many technical issues, shoulder to shoulder, and we traveled together numerous times. He had a brilliant mind and vast experience that he willingly shared, and he and I provided satisfying solutions to difficult technical problems. More importantly to me was our personal relationship. We spent many discussing our mutual interests, our families, our dogs, "the farm", hunting, politics, and other subjects of mutual interest. WJ was a good and kind man, and I will deeply miss him. The world is diminished without his good soul. Dave at Raytheon

John Hylton
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
Dear Donna and Brittney, I am so sorry for your loss and extend my deepest sympathy. W.J. was such a generous, kind, and caring soul. I remember him always smiling and joking with such good humor. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

Cecil W. King
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
Donna and Brittney, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Was two years ahead of W.J. from Snowville thur high school. He made everyone from Snowville proud. He was a great student and even better person. He will always remain an excellent example for people to follow. Cecil King

Zenas Hutcheson
   Posted Thu November 23, 2017

SOFT AND SWEET MEMORIES STANDING SPRAY was sent by Zenas Hutcheson.

W.J. You were a great grouse hunter, teacher, guide, and human being. I will deeply miss my days in the woods with you and Jazzie. Zenas


Bob and Susan Ficke
   Posted Thu November 23, 2017
Bob and I are deeply saddened to hear of W. J.'s passing. Bob cherishes the good times with W. J. and his father and mother listening to tall tales of hunting and mountain living. He lived fully and well and he will be missed. So sorry -

David Bevan
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by David Bevan.

We are proud to have you as an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Department of Biochemistry.


Miles Newman
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
W.J., Donna, and Brittney were my patients and friends for many years. I enjoyed all of my visits with W.J. He was always happy, loved sharing updates on his beloved family and work accomplishments, as well as his outdoor hobbies, and was a true pleasure to spend time with. I will deeply miss our time together. My heart aches for Donna and Brittney and all of WJ’s many friends. May WJ’s memory be a blessing for all of us.

Tad and Elizabeth Dunn
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Elizabeth and I will miss your smile and "gentlemanliness" at Pineridge Grouse Camp. It was always enjoyable to see someone else from the ACC had made their way to Northern Minnesota! You and your family are in our prayers.

Rich McKnight
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Although I did not know WJ for very long (having just met him when he started helping us at Raytheon a few years back), he leaves behind a legacy of wisdom, humor and integrity. He will be remembered as an intelligent and productive coworker, and a great man. My deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.

Ron Spurlin
   Posted Sun December 03, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of W.J.'s passing. I knew him from Dublin Clays. He was one of the first people to introduce himself to me and always spoke to me each time I was there. He was always the gentlemen. I will certainly miss seeing him at the club.


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