James A. Wheeler
James A. (Bootie) Wheeler, 82, of Chamblissburg, passed away January 25, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warner H. Wheeler and Minnie Zola Wheeler; and his wife of 50 years, Joyce T. Wheeler. Bootie worked for C.C. Hancock, Russell Transfer, and Jones Motor Lines, and was a member of Local Teamster's Union #171. Survivors are children, Bonnie (Jim) Whitney, Dona Wheeler, Jerry (Delores) Wheeler, Steven (Amanda) Wheeler and Linda Wheeler; sisters, Dorothy Ragland and Faye (Vincent) Graham; brothers, Jack (Lynwood) (Juanita) Wheeler, Alfred (A.J.)(Nancy) Wheeler, Kenneth (Arlene) Wheeler, and D. Joe (Shirley) Wheeler; four grandsons; four granddaughters; and numerous great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Keeley, the staff at Carilion and special friend,Theresa Crigger. Funeral Services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, with Pastor Chris Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27, 2012, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. Online condolences may be made at www.oakeys.com.

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I now have some of your precious house hold items around me and they bring me great comfort. Your work gloved with the fingers worn through, Your favorite picture and my grade school picture on the book case with the precious books you collected! Your things are gold to me and I will forever honor them and you!
dona Wheeler
February 5, 2012
Eventhough I only met you once, and it was memorable, Dona is my sister and I will take care of her in your absence. I know how much she loves you and she will miss the true sense of family that you represented in her life. Rest in peace dear soul.
Lisa Casazza
January 31, 2012
To My Cousins, I love each one of you very much and I will miss Uncle Booty terribly. I'm so happy I was able to tell him how much I loved him before the final roll was called. God Bless his heart and bless my family in this difficult time...
Trina Daniels
January 30, 2012
Although I never met you, Bootie, I know your family and they are the most wonderful people in the world. I pray that they find comfort in knowing that you are with our FATHER in heaven. God Bless each of you today and always...
Dana Fitzgerald
January 28, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Leigh Foster
January 27, 2012
Dear Cousins,
I love you all. So sorry for the loss of Uncle Bootie. I loved him and am so greatful to have spent some time with him before his passing. You know he's loving seeing Joyce, Granny Wheeler, Granddaddy and many others. I personally look forward to the day that I get to rejoice with them in heaven. Love you all~Cindy Bushnell~
Cindy Bushnell
January 27, 2012
I wish to thank so many who have loved our Dad, his long time house cleaner, neighbors among others who came by or called as he recuperated after his heroic survival in mid august after 4 days outside alone, in thunderstorms and all. The out pouring of love was for all intents and purposes lifting him up, but it was he who lifted so many. He has always been so dear, our connection so strong, as he questioned if I would be ok without him, I told him, he would always be with me, always, and he had taught me very well.
With brothers Jerry and Steven, that last night, for 12 hours, we loved him through it, and witnessed his surrender, though he resisted for quite a while, his eyes kept going to the ceiling, no doubt witnessing his angels above. It was the most special 12 hours as we played hymns for him, rubbed him and told him how good a job he had done and he could now relax and walk with God in fields of gold. He was an amazing man, and I rejoice that he is a peace, finally.

Dad I will forever be your Punkin'
Dona Wheeler
January 27, 2012
Dear Wheeler family,
We are so sorry about your Dad. Although we have not seen each other in years, we have many happy memories of times spent with your grandparents (Cora and Grayson Thomasson) at church and visiting our house in Goodview. Gary has many fond memories of days when you were neighbors on Maple Street in Vinton. Please know that you are all in our many thoughts and prayers. May God give you the comfort only He can give and His peace that passes understanding.
Sarah (Morgan) and Gary Janney
January 26, 2012
Dona (and family),
May you find comfort knowing your father has found peace and that his earthly struggle is over. Blessings,
Chris Roberts
January 26, 2012

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Please know that our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

William and Melissa Smith
January 26, 2012
Steve, Amanda and Wheeler Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Although we have only known Bootie for a short time, we have come to appreciate the fight in him and intend to apply it to our own lives. May God Bless and keep you through these difficult times. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love,
Robert and Christine Cook
January 26, 2012