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Jeffrey Darrel Wharton was born on December 28, 1965, in San Antonio, Texas, the youngest son of Harry Graham Wharton III and Mary Letitia Sutton (Wharton). He had two brothers, Edward Scott Wharton and Michael Dean Wharton. He was 56 years old when he died on August 17, 2022. He passed peacefully at home in College Station, Texas with loved ones at his side.
Jeff was blessed to have the love of three beautiful women over the stages of his life: Sarah Neaderhouser, mother of son Christopher and bonus mom to Austin and Haley, Jeannie Marie Sterns Fullmore, mother of Austin and Haley, and Linda Praytor, an incredibly special friend, to the end.
Growing up in Dallas and College Station, Jeff was a fun-loving kid who loved people, animals, and the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing, biking, cutting up and general shenanigans. He could find humor in any situation. Making people laugh came naturally and making friends came easily. He developed a love of BMX bikes, cars and trucks, anything with gears or an engine. This become his life’s work. Which is a good thing, because he was hard on his vehicles! He destroyed more than a few.
In high school his nickname was “Damnit,” and he was always the life of the party. Jeff worked at the Sears Service Center as a small engine mechanic while in high school. He graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 1985. In 1986, he and Sarah moved to Houston, then to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988 where Jeff attended Ohio College of Applied Science for a short time. They moved back to Texas in 1995. Jeff continued turning those wrenches, but his favorite past times included CB and HAM radio, a passion for classic and hard rock music, RC cars, and fishing. Jeff worked hard and played harder. But he was most proud of his children; there was nothing Jeff ever loved more than Austin, Haley, and Christopher.
Jeff was as hard on his body as he was on his vehicles. Progressive illness made the last several years of his life especially difficult; it took a toll on him physically and emotionally. Jeff’s family would like to thank Linda Praytor for providing a soft place for him to land, a comfortable home with consistent love, compassion, and care.
Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother, Mary; brother, Ed; Austin and Haley’s mother, Jeannie; best friend, Robert French; and numerous friends that Jeff loved as family.
Jeff is survived by Linda Praytor, his companion for the last seven years; his father, Harry Wharton and step-mother, Cerene Wharton; his children, Austin Jeffrey Wharton, Haley Marie Wharton, and Christopher Avery Wharton; brother, Michael Wharton; stepbrother, Lance Aldridge; and niece and nephews, Scott Wharton, Chelsea Hoffman, Zach and Ty Aldridge.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
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Hillier of COLLEGE STATION
Thursday, August 25, 2022
2:00 - 3:00pm (Central time)
Hillier Funeral Home of College Station
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