In Memoriam

Howard Henderson Wadsworth, Jr.


Old Town, Florida

December 23, 1947 - November 22, 2013




Benjamin (Wife Anastasia)



Judy Hill (husband Sidney)


Prayers are with His Children (Ben and John) and his wife, Jan, in the loss of her husband,

who was Old Town Elementary School Principal and my Beloved Friend

where I taught fourth grade for 18 years.

Signed: John D. Arnold


 Howard "Sonny" Henderson Wadsworth, Jr., previously of Old Town, FL passed away peacefully into God's Kingdom on November 22, 2013. He was born in Valdosta, GA to Howard and Lucille Wadsworth on December 23, 1947. Sonny graduated from Troy University with a Master's Degree in Education. Upon completion of his Master's Degree Sonny acquired a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University.

He married Jan Marie McNamara on August 2, 1986. Sonny began his educational career as a 4th Grade Teacher at Anderson Elementary School in Cross City, FL. He was then promoted to guidance counselor. After years of working at Anderson Elementary, Sonny then became Principal of Old Town Elementary School in 1993, until he retired after 40 years of service to Dixie District Schools in 2009.

He was a member of the Rotary and Masonic Club of Cross City, FL. He served as the Treasurer of the Rotary Club, and was also the recipient of the Paul Harris award. Sonny loved anything that involved spending time with family, especially camping trips with his family every summer. Summer camping trips covered every state in the Continental United States. Sonny was also an avid gardener, growing the likes of new potatoes, green beans, white acre peas, yellow squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

He is survived by his wife Jan, his two sons, Benjamin (Wife Anastasia) and John, sister Judy Hill (husband Sidney), and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral was conducted, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Cross City, Fl.

Bible Texts

Phillipians 4:13 "13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

John 14:1-6 "1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

1 Corinthians 13:1 - 13 "1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

Galatians 5: 22-23 "22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

Philippians 2: 3-4 "3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

Proverbs 12:10 "10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 "13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words."