“A wonderful mother, counselor, hospital worker, gardener, and a well-rounded woman for all seasons.”
Those words offered by Mayor A C Wharton Jr. are just a few of the strokes on the canvass that reflects the life of his mother – Mary Wharton – who died Tuesday. Services will be held Friday (Dec. 23) in Lebanon, Tenn.
“Although my mother didn’t have much in the way of formal schooling, she obtained a Ph.D. with distinction in common sense and caring,” Mayor Wharton said in an issued statement.
“She drilled into all of us the importance of education. One story that demonstrates her interest in our education is that my mother saved her money for over two years to buy us the only set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias for the neighborhood, one book at a time,” the mayor recalled.
“She will be sorely missed by me, my two sisters, my brother, and the entire family,” Wharton said.
Mrs. Wharton, the widow of A C Wharton Sr., also leaves two daughters, Mary Davis of Memphis and Ruth Wharton of Nashville, and another son, Dr. Kenneth Wharton of Chicago. Another daughter, Velma Lowe, died in 2005.
Hellum Funeral Home has charge.