William â€śBillâ€ť Allen Wheeler, 80, died Dec. 5, 2011, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.
Bill was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Big Spring, Texas, to Stanley and Dona Belle Allen Wheeler. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1948. He also attended Howard County Jr. College (now Howard College) and then graduated from University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State College) in Denton, Texas, May 1953, with a BBA degree.
Bill married his college sweetheart, Marilynn McNatt, in Dallas, Texas, on July 31, 1953. In 1953 Bill completed the officers candidate program with the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant and served on active duty at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Quantico, Va.; Okinawa; Korea; and Koyoto, Japan until 1955. He remained in a reserve unit for a number of years and held the office of captain at the time of his release from the service.
Bill worked at the family owned car dealerships in Andrews and Stanton, Texas, for 52 years. He participated in several community organizations in both towns. Bill enjoyed his lake homes in Brownwood, Texas, and Breckenridge, Texas, and all the water activities. He loved his many dogs, Chiquita, Artie, Sassy and Shasta and his cat, Willow, plus birds he fed daily.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilynn Wheeler of Midland, Texas; two sons, Billy Wheeler of Houston, Texas, and Bryan Wheeler of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; and daughter, Mary Lynn Caylor of Midland, Texas. He is also survived by his loving daughters-in-law, Donna Wheeler of Houston, Texas, and Katie Wheeler of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; four grandsons (his pride and joy) Chad Wheeler of Midland, Texas, Corey Wheeler of Midland, Texas, Dylan Caylor of Midland, Texas, and Logan Caylor of Glen Rose, Texas; a very special granddaughter-in-law, Ami Wheeler of Midland, Texas; and a precious great-grandson, Cameron Wheeler of Midland, Texas. Also surviving Bill are brother James E. Wheeler and wife Jeanene of Stanton, Texas; nieces, Sandra Wheeler Evans, Julie Wheeler Shaw and Melissa Franklin Wheeler; nephew, Gib Wheeler of Stanton, Texas; five great nephews; and one great niece.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert S. Wheeler of Andrews, Texas.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10004; the American Heart Association, 3205 W Cuthbert Ave., Midland, Texas; the American Cancer Society, 2304 W. Wadley Ave., Midland, Texas; or the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, N.Y. 10006.
Special thanks to Dr. Michael Miller and staff, Dr. John McKenna and staff, Veterans Hospital in Big Spring, Midland Memorial Hospital and staff, Mabee Center at Manor Park, Interim Home Health and Interim Hospice and staff, and to a very special dear friend, Ellen Williams of Midland.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at St. Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Billy Wheeler, Bryan Wheeler, Chad Wheeler, Corey Wheeler, Dylan Caylor, Logan Caylor, Ronnie Christian, Steve Hargrove and Allen Kelley. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Stallings, Louis Stallings, Steve Garlington, Abel Salazar, James Jenkins, Ed Moses, Dusty Evans, Gib Wheeler, David Shaw, Robert Parker and Chelsea Hebert.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.