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Walker Yeatman Worth Jr.

June 17, 1928 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 93)


Walker Yeatman Worth, Jr., 93, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 30, 2021. Walker was born June 17, 1928, in Tampa, FL, to the late Elizabeth DeVane and Walker Yeatman Worth, and he grew up in Raleigh, NC. He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met Sue, his beloved wife of 65 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the School of Business Administration in 1950; and he was honored to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Psi. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from the UNC School of Law in 1953; and he was honored to be elected to the Order of the Coif and President of the Senior Law Class. 

After law school, he received a direct commission as First Lieutenant in the US Army. He served thirty-seven months for the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corp. In 1957, Walker and his wife, Sue, moved to Fayetteville, where he practiced law for the next 52 years, primarily in the field of insurance defense. He was a past president of the Cumberland County Bar Association and was elected to membership in the American College of Trial Attorneys. 

Walker was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Susan Cheek Worth; his son-in-law, Guy Frederick "Fred" Costabile, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Don Cheek. 
He is survived by his two children, Susan Worth Costabile of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and Walker Y. Worth III and his wife, Murtis, of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, William Costabile and wife, Mary Sloane, of Atlanta, Georgia, Hannah Costabile McElveen and husband, Matthew, of Nashville, Tennessee, John "Jack" Keefe of Fayetteville, Rebecca Keefe Kwasnick and husband, Bill, of Pinehurst, and Walker Worth IV of Fayetteville; two great grandsons, Holt Worth McElveen and Lane Smith McElveen, and one great granddaughter, Mary Gilliam Kwasnick. 

A private graveside service for family will be held on September 3, 2021, at Cross Creek Cemetery. 

The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers from Home Instead and 3HC Hospice for the dedicated care they provided him for many years, as well as additional caregivers, Marilyn Whitted and Debra Peterson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St John's Episcopal Church, 302 Green St, Fayetteville, NC 28301 or a charity of one's choice. 


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