January 16, 2023

Dorlisa Jane Amburn Wharton, 72, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2022 at her residence. She was lovingly known as Jane.

Jane was born in Pulaski, VA and grew up in the First Christian Church of Pulaski. She was a graduate of Pulaski High School’s class of 1968. Her family relocated to Wise, VA soon after she graduated, because her father was to open and manage the new Parks-Belk store in neighboring Norton, VA. Being strong followers of the Christian faith, her family soon found a church they loved and became members of Wise Trinity United Methodist Church. This is where Jane met her husband Phillip and her dream of having her own family began. Those who knew Jane, knew that her family meant everything to her.

Jane had a very giving and helping soul. She was affiliated with many associations during her time on this earth. She helped with the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Methodist Church, UVA-Wise, J.J. Kelly Girls Basketball Teams, J.J. Kelly Band, Powell Valley Band, the Circle at Methodist Church, and countless other organizations.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Preston Amburn, Sr, and Mildred Mitchell Amburn and her brother, Frank Preston Amburn, Jr, (known as “Twink” by his high school bandmates).

Survivors include her husband, Phillip Wharton; son, Bryan Wharton and wife Misty Miller Wharton of Big Stone Gap, VA; daughter, Kristel Wharton Owenby and husband Doug Owenby of Maryville, TN; one granddaughter, Gabrielle Furches; four grandsons, Zachry Furches, Brayden, Camden, and Talen Wharton; two bonus grandsons, Bryce and Tyler Owenby; one bonus granddaughter, Kelsey Breanne Robbins and two bonus great-grandsons, Collin and Kannon; special niece (her brother Frankie’s daughter), Monica Amburn Kimbrell and husband Brandon of Spartanburg, SC; special nephew (her brother Frankie’s son), Evan Amburn of Atlanta, GA; several special nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and people who loved her.

Funeral services for Jane Wharton was conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wise, VA. Pastor Phillip Bates officiated. Burial followed in the Wise Cemetery. Family received friends from 12:30 p.m. till time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church 110 W. Main St. Wise, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church PO Box 857 Wise, VA 24293

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Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.