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Oct. 31, 1928-Feb. 19, 2012

PIKEVILLE -- Herbert Alfred Wheeler, 83, Pikeville, passed away Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Born in Stantonsburg, he was the son of the late Joseph Stephen Wheeler and Gladys Fields Wheeler, and husband of the late Mary Williams Wheeler, his wife of 47 years.

He grew up the son of a farmer, and served our country with the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic before moving to Newport News, Va. There he had long career with the Newport News Shipyard as an X-ray pipe technician.

After retirement, he moved back to his boyhood home area. He loved growing a vegetable garden his whole life, and loved sharing his produce with friends and family.

He had a gentle kind spirit, and always showed a happy outlook on life. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the children.

He is survived by niece, Brenda Foehrkolb, and her family, and his nephew, Monty Leavell, and his family. He is also survived by Edna Deans, his loving companion of 14 years, and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who "adopted" him into their family with loving arms.

A service to celebrate Herbert's life will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fred Crank officiating. Burial will follow in Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery.

Family members will greet friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Court Park, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wheeler family, and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.


Published in Obituaries on February 21, 2012 1:50 PM