Rev. Dennis E. Wheeler
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Rev. Dennis Edward Wheeler, 88, Taylors, SC went to sleep on March 8, 2014 at the Rolling Green Nursing Home and awoke in the eternal presence of his blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where he joined Kitty, his loving wife of 54 years.
Dennis was born in Gainesville, FL on July 22, 1925 to the late Joseph Augustus and Isabel Sands Wheeler. He graduated from Miami Edison High School and then served as a U. S. Navy Seabee during World War II on the Pacific island of Saipan. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled in the University of Florida under the GI Bill and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Upon graduation he became a poultry farmer and served as the first president of the Dade County Poultry Association and as the vice-president of the Florida Poultry Association.
In 1954, Dennis became a born-again Christian when he received Jesus Christ as his personal savior. From that time forward, he purposefully dedicated himself to be all that he could be for the Lord and soon became a preacher of the gospel. He pastored five Baptist churches and was the headmaster at two Christian Schools. Principal among these were the Temple Baptist Church of Sarasota, FL and its ministry, West Florida Christian School, where he served as pastor for twenty-five years. Earlier in his ministerial career, he earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Florida.
Dennis loved people and loved to tell what Jesus had done for him. He was an ardent personal soul-winner, who helped hundreds of people find faith in Christ. He also led the way in giving for the cause of Christ by tithing to the local church and giving sacrificially to worldwide missions.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Debbie Wheeler of Taylors, and by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Mason Lannom of Greer, by six grandchildren, Rebecca (Larry) Roberson, of Taylors, John (Kelly) Wheeler of Greenville, Sarah (Daniel) Smoke of Greenville, Rachel (Alvie) McClaran of Taylors, Debbie Anne (Elliott) Rice of Greenville, Bethany (Christopher) Toates of Simpsonville, fourteen great-grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Dennis A. Wheeler and his brother, Robert H. Wheeler.
Services will be held 12 noon Thursday, March 13, 2014, in The Mackey Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. David Bedell. Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:50 am at Mackey. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Dennis loved to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and His Glory, of Jesus and His love. He loved to tell the story, because he knew 'twas true. It satisfied his longings as nothing else could do. He loved to tell the story. It was pleasant to repeat. It seemed each time he told it more wonderfully sweet. He loved to tell the story, for some had never heard the message of salvation from God's own holy word. He loved to tell the story, for those who knew it best seemed hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And now in scenes of glory, he sings the new, new song, it's still the old, old story that Dennis loved so long.
Condolences may be made online at www.mackeymortuary.com.
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Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 11, 2014