Submitted by: Dan Rich
Leroy C. Worsham
Sept. 30, 1919 - Jan. 5, 2001
South Bend Tribune 1/7/2001
BELTON, Texas - Leroy Charles Worsham Sr., 81, of Belton, Texas, formerly of South Bend, died Friday morning, Jan. 5, in his residence. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday in the Heartfield Funeral Home Chapel, Belton, with Rev. G.W. Armstrong officiating. Interment will be at a later date. He was born to Charlie Monroe Worsham and Beulah Garrett Worsham on Sept. 30, 1919, in Iuka, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Henry Worsham; and by three sisters, Ruth Worsham, Myrtle Coleman and Kathleen Worsham. The family will have visitation from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. today in the Heartfield Funeral Home, Belton, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1938 to 1958, during World War II and the Korean Conflict. During his service in the Marines he received the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the 1st Marine Division for service in Korea, the Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star, American Defense Services Medal with Base Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, and Pistol Expert Badge.
After leaving the Marines he moved to South Bend, Ind., where he was employed by the City of South Bend. He moved to Belton, Texas, 20 years ago. He was a Baptist. He married Mary Gurganus on Aug. 11, 1946, in Dillon, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Mary Worsham of Belton; three sons, Larry Monroe Worsham of Belton, Leroy C. Worsham Jr. of South Bend and Eric Lee Worsham of Riverview, Fla.; a daughter, Roy Ann Snow of Killeen, Texas; two brothers, John H. Worsham and William Worsham, both of Mishawaka, Ind.; three sisters, Nora Clark of Florence, Ala., Mary Elizabeth Portalese of Mishawaka and Rachel Sanders of Cleveland, Miss.; and by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.