Deward "Dude" Belmont Wharton, 86, of Cabot, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 . He was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Cabot to Randolph and Nora Stephens Wharton.

He was a veteran of the US Navy and retired from the VA Hospital after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis Lee Wharton; son, Randall Wharton; grandson, Joshua Wharton; sisters Joyce Anderson and Capitola Chesser; and brother, Fred Wharton.

Survivors include daughter, Theresa "TC" Wharton Peeler of Cabot; son, Johnny Zahari and wife Brenda of Sherwood; daughter-in law, Naomi Wharton of Cabot; granddaughters, Tiffany Wharton and Celia Zahari; grandsons, David Yielding and Jarrod Zahari; great-grandson, Tristan and his mother Sherry Yielding; several nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot. Burial was in Cypress Valley Cemetery.

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