John Robert “Bobby” Wharton, age 58, peacefully passed away on Sept. 16. He was born on Nov. 13, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Michael Wharton. John is survived by his mother, Lou H. Bickle of Edgewood, and Orlando, Florida. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]