Obituary of Dr. Abbott Milton McWhorter

from the March 24, 1892 issue of Pacific Methodist Advocate


          Dr. Abbott M. McWhorter was born in Carroll County, Ga., May 11, 1828, and departed this life at the residence of his eldest son, Rev. Milton McWhorter, in Selma, Fresno, Co., Cal., Thursday, March 3, 1892; hence was 63 years 9 months and 22 days old.

          On the 13th day of July 1851, he was happily married to Miss Mahala Jane Davis, with whom he was acquainted from childhood.

          Dr. McWhorter was a graduate of the Atlanta Medical College; an eminent and efficient physician. He had an extensive and successful practice in the State of Alabama, where, with his wife, he removed and settled when a young man. He was a man of unimpeachable character, broad culture, and liberal education. In any company, although a stranger, he was quickly recognized as a man of superior ability and worth. During a long life of active practice, he never turned aside from the cry of the poor and needy, not only giving his skill, but also medicine, when, in numberless incidents, he knew they would be unable to pay for it. During the Civil War, when certain drugs were very expensive, his kindness waned not. These things are held in the book of remembrance.

          About two years ago Dr. McWhorter had a hard spell of typhoid fever, which impaired his vitality, leaving him in a feeble state of health. About six weeks before his death he came to California, with his wife, to visit his eldest son, Rev. Milton McWhorter, and family, hoping that the change would be advantageous. He spent four or five weeks in visiting relatives near Selma and in Fresno, took great delight in their associations, was wonderfully interested in the rapid development of the country under the system of irrigation. He was taken sick on Saturday, February, 27th, with congestion of the liver.

          From the first, he believed his sickness would prove fatal. He discussed his condition freely, and had no fear of death; but expressed himself as ready for the change. For weeks before his death his mind was almost constantly on the subject of Christianity. He enjoyed the great revival recently held in Selma. His mind was clear almost to the last. It was my privilege to be associated with Dr. McWhorter during the last few weeks of his life, and to be with him twice during his sickness of six days; and I have the most unbounded confidence that he is safe in the mansions of the blessed. He leaves a devoted wife, five sons and three daughters to mourn his loss. Two of his sons, the oldest and youngest, are ministers in the M. E. Church, South. One in California, Rev. Milton McWhorter, who for years was one of the most successful members of the Pacific Annual Conference, now lives near Selma, and is given to planning, building churches, organizations missions, and in labors abundant for the Church which he loves. The youngest, Rev. Euclid McWhorter, is a minster in the North Alabama Conference, and is fast rising to a position of responsibility and usefulness. Two of his sons are efficient physicians in Alabama, and one a professor in the Greenville Institute, N.C. His three daughters are all happily married.

          The funeral service was attended on March 4th, at Selma. After the services at the residence, the large procession formed and repaired to the Odd Fellows cemetery, where the remains were interred with Masonic honors. Farewell, brother, till we meet again!

Thos. A. Atkinson.

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