Park Dwayne Wheat of Big Spring, Texas, passed away on Dec. 18, 2014 in Abilene, Texas, after many months of illness. He was 71 years old. |
Park was born in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 30, 1943, to Park Darrow and Lois Laveda Wheat. He graduated from Hamlin High School in 1962, received a bachelor's degree in history from Hardin Simmons University in 1967, and a masters degree in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982. He married Bonnie Ruth Boydstun on May 30, 1967, and they moved to Washington state, spending 17 years of their marriage in the Pacific Northwest. They had two daughters, Brenda Michelle Wheat, and Charla Marie Wheat. They returned to Texas in 1989 and spent 25 years in Big Spring, actively involved in the community through their ministry.
Park was a bi-vocational pastor, devoting his life to small churches and serving the Lord. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at a young age and served passionately in his ministry for his entire life. He loved people and loved to be a witness to them. He served many churches throughout his life. In 1982, he was the founding pastor for East Kelso Baptist church in Kelso, Wash. He retired from Berea Baptist Church in Big Spring, Texas, in 2011. Over the years he was actively involved with many organizations, including the Bi-vocational Conference sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, The Compassionate Friends, Victims Services of Big Spring and the International Conference of Police Chaplains. After the merger of Berea and Central Baptist Churches, he assumed a position as the associate director of Missions for the Crossroads Baptist Association, serving for two years before health issues prevented his involvement. During this time he was also actively involved as an emergency services chaplain for Howard County.
As a bi-vocational pastor, he taught for many years and retired from the Big Spring Independent School District in 2004. He spent many years teaching in the adolescent unit of the Big Spring State Hospital. He was an avid reader and had a large collection of books, primarily in religion, theology, history and literature. His personal library has been donated to the David Allan Hubbard Library at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
Park was preceded in death by his daughter, Charla Wheat, and his parents, Park and Lois Wheat. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bonnie Wheat; daughter and son-in-law, Scott and Brenda Whiteman of Durham, N.C.; his sister and brother-in law, Bob and Sharon Buchanan of Stamford, Texas; and five nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Berea Baptist Church in Big Spring, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crossroads Baptist Association, 1204 W. Fourth St., Big Spring, TX 79720. Arrangements are under the care of McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont, Texas. Online condolences at www.mccoyaspermont.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Dec. 22, 2014