Terry “Wayne” Wheeler
Matthews, GA – Terry “Wayne” Wheeler, 72, loving son of the late Estene McGahee Wheeler and the late Joe Edgar Wheeler, left his earthly residence and entered into Heaven’s gates Monday morning, June 10, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Walden officiating. Interment will follow in the Ways Baptist Church cemetery.
The youngest of 11 children, Wayne was a lifelong resident of Matthews. After retiring from the textile industry, he “piddled” doing carpentry work and working in his vegetable garden—he had a special talent for growing tomatoes. He enjoyed fishing, listening to gospel and country music and being one of the breakfast gang who met either at Peggy’s or McDonald’s. He had a very dry sense of humor and a quick wit that kept everyone on their toes and filled with laughter. Not only was Wayne known for his comedic relief and uniqueness, but also for his generosity and helping others when he could. Never being married or having any children, his numerous nieces and nephews were his adopted children. He will be greatly missed.
Wayne is also preceded in death by five siblings, Frank Wheeler, J.E. Wheeler, Lorene Temples, Dorothy W. Thompson and Edward Lucky. Survivors include his five siblings, Betty Jean Murphy (Larry), Bill W. Wheeler (Kathleen), A. D. Wheeler, Harris Wheeler (Beulah) and Vera E. Walden; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and many friends. Pallbearers will be Aubrey Wheeler, Dennis Wheeler, J. D. Wheeler, Jeffery Wheeler Sr., Jeffery “Wade” Wheeler Jr. and Joe Wheeler.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home this evening, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 6:00-8:00PM.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free.