COPY-Longtime Marietta newspaper executive dies at 85

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An associate publisher and longtime advertising representative for The Marietta Daily Journal has died. He was 85.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports ( that Jay Whorton died Monday at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after a long illness.

The Daily Journal reports that Whorton was well-known in Cobb County and sold ads for 45 years -- and still sold ads 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.

Whorton was born in Dutton, Ala. He started in the newspaper business in 1955, as an assistant to the president of the Southern Newspaper Group.

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

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