Jamie was born on June 20, 1949 to James Ray "J.R." and Audrey Lewis (Lush) Wortham in Louisville, Kentucky. He grew up with his parents, his sister Mona, and paternal grandmother "Mammy" (Lillie Mae) and completed grade school at St. Joseph Parish Elementary. High school followed at St. Joseph Preparatory School in Bardstown where he enjoyed playing varsity baseball all four years and graduated as the salutatorian of the Class of 1967. On full scholarship to St. Louis University, he completed a B.A. (1971) and M.A., both degrees in French. During his years at SLU, he added Billiken's basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball to his other favorites, UK basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball.

In 1971, he began his 39-year teaching career at St. Louis Priory School, a college prep school for boys. In addition to teaching French and Spanish, Coach Wortham mentored many young men in the skills of baseball, basketball, and football. While the students appreciated his steady demeanor and dry humor, his colleagues chuckled at "Jimmy's" spot-on impersonations, frequently impersonating school administrators.

During his 15-year marriage to Rise Gilliom, a colleague in the Priory Modern Language Department, they were delighted to welcome two beloved children - Lucy Renee in 1989 and James Hayden "Jay" in 1991. Jamie and Rise remained wonderful co-parents, providing a nurturing and steadfast sense of family. Always ready for a game of catch, bedtime story, homework, or a good nap on the couch, Jamie gently coached his children into adulthood.

Jamie retired from teaching in 2010 and enjoyed a few years of leisure before his health declined. He was placed in the hands of the staff at Manor Grove Skilled Nursing who did a wonderful job caring for him. Jamie passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2019 in the presence of his loving family.

Jamie was preceded in death by his father in 1981. Survivors include his mother Audrey (Leitchfield), his daughter Lucy (Indianapolis), his son Jay (St. Louis), his sister Mona (Owensboro), his niece Kathryn and her husband Jonathan (Owensboro), and his forever co-parent Rise (St. Louis). He also leaves behind many cousins, colleagues, friends, and countless students who remember him.

We will be forever grateful for the loving care Jamie received at Manor Grove (especially Howard, who read the newspaper to Jamie in the evenings) and to Rise Gilliom for going above and beyond the call!

As he requested, his body was donated to SLU School of Medicine. A memorial to celebrate Jamie's life will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the benefit of the Leitchfield Little League Complex - City Hall at 314 W. White Oak St., Leitchfield, KY.