Wheeler, Rev. Dennis
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July 22, 1925 - Mar. 8, 2014
Rev. Dennis Edward Wheeler, 88, of 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.
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, fourteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Dennis A. 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.
Condolences may be made online at www.mackeymortuary.com
311 Century Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014