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Larry Eugene Wharton

July 26, 1946 — February 3, 2020

Herrin- Larry Eugene Wharton, age 73, of Herrin, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Larry was born in Metropolis on July 26, 1946, the son of Hartsel Eugene and Elenor Lorene (Lippert) Wharton.  He married Jocelyne Gravelle on November 4, 1967 in Las Vegas. Together, they have shared fifty-two years of marriage.

Prior to his retirement, Larry had worked as a coal miner for more than forty years. He was a proud United States Marine Veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam.

Survivors include his loving wife- Jocelyne Wharton of Herrin

Mother- Elenor Wharton of Herrin

Daughter- Lori Ann and Douglas Libby of Herrin

Daughter- Angela Marie and Robert Matesevac, Jr. of Herrin

Son- Travis Ray and Kana Wharton of Herrin

Daughter- Allison Renee and Kyle Schuster of Herrin

Grandchildren- Paige Ann and Jason Ashmore of Sesser

     Jordan Elizabeth Wharton of Herrin

     Zain Riley and Paige Miles of Herrin

     Cameron Ray Wharton of Herrin

     Leah Cadence Wharton of Herrin

     Kendrix Riley Schuster of Herrin

     Taylor Renee Schuster of Herrin

Great Granddaughter- Landri Paige Ashmore of Sesser

Two Brothers- Gerald Allen and Judy Wharton of Herrin

     John Edward and Melva Wharton of Dallas, Texas

Larry was preceded in death by his father and his brother- Michael Ray Wharton.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Pastor Matt Crain and Pastor Chris Hottensen officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Honor Guard Ritual Team comprised of the Carterville American Legion Post 347, the Herrin American Legion Post 645, the Herrin VFW Post 1567, and the United States Marine Corp Flag Detail. A time of visitation will be held from 11-2pm on Saturday at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information, or to sign the online guest register, please visit

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

201 S 13th St, Herrin, IL 62948

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