OBITUARY: Jessie Ava Nell Wharton


Mrs. Jessie Ava Nell Wharton of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, she was 95 years old.

Mrs. Wharton was born in Ben Wheeler, TX, and was the daughter of the late, Jesse Randolph Reid and Grady Elizabeth Willoughby Reid.

She was a member of the Church at Pleasant Grove. Mrs. Wharton was also preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Donald Dean Wharton, Sr.; son, Bill Wharton, and brother, Don Reid.

As the wife of a career Air Force and commercial pilot, Ava traveled extensively and lived in several states as well as Germany, Thailand, Laos, and Saudi Arabia. At the age of 40, she completed nursing school and worked as a surgical assistant. In her later years, Ava was part owner of a beauty salon and in their post-retirement years, she and her husband enjoyed raising miniature horses.

Ava took to heart the admonition of our Lord to “raise up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it”. She lived to see all her children and several grandchildren grow up to serve God in a variety of ministry activities.

She is survived by:
Son – Don (Anita) Wharton, Jr.
Daughter – Debra (Fred) Clark
Daughter-in-law – Sandi Wharton
Grandchildren – Zack (Jane) Clark, Beverly (Paul) Jackman, Trina (Josh) Hildabrand, Angela (Dan) Linz, Nikki Wharton, Natalie (Adam) Brown, and Jessie (Erik) Wright
Many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2020 at Middle Tennessee State Veteran Cemetery with Andrew Wharton officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 12 noon Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N.Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.


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