September 28, 1956 - September 26, 2014
Dr. Joan Marie Willingham Worthington, DO, 57, died September 26, 2014, in Thomasville, Georgia. She was born on September 28, 1956, in Atlanta (Fulton County), Georgia to the late John D. Willingham, Jr. and Edna Ann Jones Willingham.
Joan grew up in Buckhead, Georgia and attended high school at North Fulton. She attended the University of Florida for two years before transferring to Georgia State University to receive her BS degree in Physical Therapy in 1979. In 1989 she earned her medical degree from West Virginia School Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Worthington currently held the position of Campus Physician at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Before working for FSU, she worked at Primary Care SW Georgia in Thomasville, Georgia and Rainelle West Virginia Medical Center. Her experience has been in community health care clinics for indigent care for thirteen years prior to accepting the position at FSU. Dr. Worthington was a board certified family physician who joined University Health Systems in December 2012. She also worked as a graduate teaching assistant for West Virginia School Osteopathic Medicine teaching osteopathic manipulation. She was a member of the American Osteopathic Association.
Being an avid outdoors person, Joan loved horses, horseback riding, exercising, jogging, kayaking, hiking, camping and bird watching. Joan was talented in the music area, playing the guitar and banjo. She was also an accomplished artist in the medium of drawing and painting.
Joan is preceded in death by both of her parents and a daughter, Laura Kate Worthington.
Joan is survived by her daughter, Jessica Ann Worthington of Athens, Georgia, her brother, John D. Willingham, III, of Ormond Beach, Florida and Fayetteville, Georgia, the father of her children, Joseph William (Bill) Worthington of Zackary, Louisiana and her close friend and fiancé, Jimmy Chastain of Thomasville, Georgia.
A Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, at Baldwin Funeral Home, 50 Overby Dr., in Richland, GA, with a Memorial Service starting at 7:00 PM. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at Northside Cemetery, Cherry St., Lumpkin, GA.
Joan was a people person that loved people, especially her patients. She will be greatly missed by all the people that knew her, either through her medical life or personal life. Many of her patients referred to her as "Doc Holliday".
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to: Lumpkin Northside Cemetery Fund. Checks may be mailed to: Baldwin Funeral Home, P. O. Box 394, Richland, GA 31825.