Brent Wilson McWhorter, 74, died February 12, 2021 in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Brent was born December 22, 1946, in Tucson, Arizona. He was the only child of Austin and Betty McWhorter, who loved him dearly until their deaths in 1981 and 2006 respectively. Brent is survived by Ruth A. McWhorter, his loving wife of 35 years, his oldest son Daniel C. McWhorter and his wife Marcia, Kenley R. McWhorter and his wife Alyssa and their two daughters Kaelin and Abigail, and Scott J. McWhorter and his son Peyton.
Inheriting the family tradition of military service, Brent entered the JROTC in high school and continued in the ROTC during his college years. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia before being deployed to Vietnam, where, as a first lieutenant, he led a tank battalion. After six months of skirmishing with Russian made tanks along the DMZ, he was redeployed as an intelligence officer and served his remaining time at a forward operating base located near the Cambodian border. Dan was born in the Fort Gordon Army Hospital six months before his father deployed.
Brent met Ruth in November of 1982 and, after discovering an instant mutual love connection, they dated for a little over three years before deciding to marry. They were joined in holy matrimony on August 16, 1986 and were rarely apart thereafter. Ruth was as much in love with Dan, Ken, and Scott as she was Brent, and she and Brent worked together to give them the stable home and family they all wanted and deserved.
Called "Papa" by his granddaughters, Brent spent his later years enjoying his roles as husband and grandfather. When not spending time with Ruth or the grandkids, or doing chores around the house, he could often be found at a nearby golf course, or practicing putting and pitching in his backyard. He worked part time at Dick's Sporting Goods as a club fitter, which gave him even more time each week to "talk shop" with other golfers who had the same passion for the sport as he did.
Brent also had a deep love of music, and he spent countless hours writing songs and recording them in his in-home studio. It was not unusual for family members to receive a CD with a half-dozen or more of Brent's songs for Christmas or birthdays, and his deep, rich voice and pure tones were reminiscent of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Although the world never had the opportunity to hear Brent's music, his friends and family were grateful whenever he would sit down with his guitar and belt out a few tunes.
His bright smile and hearty laugh will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved him.
The family asks for donations to the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/ or Multiple Sclerosis Association https://mymsaa.org/ in lieu of flowers or gifts.
"When we were first in this area years ago we used to go Christmas Caroling , as a family to the McWhorters. We did that for many years. Brent made a beautiful Christmas Cassette for us. He was a very sweet man. One year we did a 12 days of Christmas to their home, ding dong ditch style. When we went Christmas Caroling they tried to catch the people doing the 12 days of Christmas and there we were all bundled up to Christmas Carol. We did everything in our power not to give it away and we succeeded. That was one of the best and fun Christmas\' we had. They never did find out.....See you in Heaven Brent!"