Mr. Whorton was born May 2, 1959, in Rome, a son of the late Virgil Joseph Wharton Sr. and Melba Johnson Whorton.
He was of the Methodist faith and was the co-owner of All Top Roofing. A successful Cartersville businessman since 1980, Joe’s favorite hobbies were golf and hunting. He was a member and past president of Cartersville Country Club and a loving husband and father.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Belinda Guice Whorton; two sons, Nicholas Joseph Whorton and Jeffrey Thomas Whorton, both of Cartersville; sister, Lori Whorton Spence of Rome; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Linda Whorton of Carrollton and Greg and Susan Whorton of Cartersville; sister, Kristi Whorton of Roswell; sisters-in-law, Barbara Taylor of Albertville, Ala., and Vanessa Lindsey of Armuchee and brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Robin Guice of Rome; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, from the Sam Jones United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kevin Lobello and Pastor Steven Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Knight, Steve Stewart, Steve Sheffield, Ricky Stepp, Dr. Ralph Martin, Rodney Abernathy and David Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Cartersville Country Club Wednesday Golf Group.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, is in charge of the arrangements.