Joseph A. Witherington Sr.

January 15, 1923March 24, 2013

WITHERINGTON, JOSEPH A. SR., 90, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Baptist East.

He was a native of Dyersburg, TN. Upon high school graduation he joined the Navy in 1940, where he initially served as a medical corpsman. He was later transferred to the V12 Program at the University of Louisville, where he studied medicine. At the end of World War II and his discharge, he completed his degree in chemistry and married the love of his life, Patricia. He had a 33-year career as a chemist at International Harvester. His hobbies included fishing, square dance calling and travel with his wife. He was a member of Buechel United Methodist Church, where he served in different capacities.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia L. Witherington of 63 years; and a grandson, Scott A. Witherington.

Surviving and cherishing his memory are his children, Dr. Katherine Witherington, Joseph Jr. (Joyce), James (Cee) and Deborah Witherington; grandchildren, Eric, Mona, Megan (Keith), Sheila, Adam; and great-grandchild, Leah.

A celebration of Joseph's life will be conducted noon Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, with entombment in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and 10 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Buechel United Methodist Church.

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  • Celebration of Joseph's Life Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Alyce Johnson

March 27, 2013

Dr. Witherington,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord BLESS and keep you and your family.
Alyce Johnson and Brenda Rudolph and Family

Emmalean DeWitt

March 26, 2013

Dr. Witherington, so very sorry to read the passing of your dad, I hope that you will find peace in knowing he lived a long & prosperous life.May God comfort you at this most difficult time.

Emmalean DeWitt (Pekin, IN)

Alex and John (Sonny) Freeman

March 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carol Bohannon-Briel

March 25, 2013

I remember when Mr. Witherington was a square dance caller and if I remember right the club was called "Country Squares" (but not for sure). I was very young at the time and I remember Mr. & Mrs. Witherington being very nice people along with their family. We had many happy family times during that period of life. My thoughts and prayers go out the family.

Billy Gividen

March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013
Marine – Joseph A. Witherington Sr. – we the Marines of Kentuckiana Det. #729 do thank you for your service to the USA & United States Marine Corps and your fellow Marines during WW II as a Corpsman. Once a Marine Always a Marine. With Sincere Condolences on the loss of your loved one. Take comfort in knowing that your Marine- Corpsman has taken leave from this life to fulfill the ranks of Heaven's Detachment. Semper Fidelis Billy G. Gividen, Chaplain Det. #729.