- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An associate publisher and longtime advertising representative for The Marietta Daily Journal died earlier this week at the age of 85.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1kyyfdS) that Jay Whorton died Monday at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after a long illness.

The newspaper reports Whorton was well-known in the Cobb County area. He sold advertisements for 45 years - and continued selling them from his hospital bed late last week.

Marietta Daily Journal Publisher Otis Brumby III said the organization is a better company and Cobb County is a better community because of Whorton, a native of Dutton, Ala.

He started in the newspaper business in 1955 as an assistant to Carmage Walls, president of the Southern Newspaper Group. Whorton also worked for several of the company’s affiliates including The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel and the Fort Payne Times Journal.

Whorton went on to work as an advertising manager at the Times Free Press, Carroll County Georgian in 1959. He moved to Marietta in 1971.

Whorton is survived by his wife, Laura Arrington Whorton, their three children, several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Marietta.

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Information from: Marietta Daily Journal, https://mdjonline.com/

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