W. Riley "Skip" Whorton dies at age 68

W. Riley "Skip" Whorton, a semiretired financial planner and life insurance agent, died Aug. 27 of leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Timonium resident was 68.

Mr. Whorton was born on Long Island, N.Y., and then moved with his family to Whortonsville, N.C., where his father worked in the family seafood business.

In 1950, he moved to Ellicott City when his father and uncle moved the business to the old Wholesale Fish Market on Market Place in downtown Baltimore.

He was an outstanding basketball player at Howard High School and later was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

After graduating in 1960, he attended the University of Baltimore on a basketball scholarship and earned a marketing degree in 1964.

During his business career as a financial planner and insurance agent, Mr. Whorton worked for Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co., Minnesota Life Insurance Co. and Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Co.

For the past 12 years, Mr. Whorton was an independent financial planner and insurance agent.

He had been on the board of the Howard County YMCA and a former president of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. He had been a member of the Columbia chapter of the Jaycees and had been treasurer for the Christian Thrift Shop of Howard County.

Mr. Whorton had also coached softball and basketball teams for the Howard County Youth Program.

He enjoyed golfing, gardening and cooking.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Room 100, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village Center.

Surviving are three daughters, Kelly Whorton of Catonsville, Tanya Whorton of Silver Spring and Page Barnes of Eldersburg; a sister, Kim Whorton of Laurel, Del.; five grandchildren; and his companion of 11 years, Molly Henderson. At the time of his death, he was separated from his wife of 38 years, the former Barbara Young.


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