Taylorville Obits

Melony Harper Wharton-Dorton

Melony Harper Wharton-Dorton, 46 of Taylorville, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023 in her home.  She was born on February 22, 1977 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Versal Wharton and Kathleen Harper-Wharton.  She worked for Computer Programing and Systems in medical coding.  Melony will be remembered as a very independent, social person who had many friends.  She loved to laugh and make those around her laugh also.  She enjoyed being on the water as much as she could and enjoyed attending concerts.  Melony was a dog lover, especially her dachshund, Oscar Mayer. 

She is survived by her son: Tyler Dorton and daughter: Mia Dorton both of Taylorville; mother: Kathy Richards (Ray) of Taylorville; aunt: Marilyn Sturek (Christopher) of Bailey, Colorado; cousins: Mirka Sturek and Braden Sturek; previous husband: Timothy Daniel Dorton of Bono, Arkansas; and special friends: Mary Tolle, Abigail Merker, and Linda Deweese. She was preceded in death by her father: Versal Wharton; and grandparents: Owen Harper, JoAnn Harper, Zell Wharton, and Lila Wharton.

Melony will be cremated and a graveside service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.  Family and friends will host a celebration of her life on Saturday, June 10 starting at 4p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylorville.  Memorials may be made to an education fund for Melony’s children that has been established at the First National Bank in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Melony, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.