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Gerald Wheeler Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1945 - 2020

Gerald “Mitchell” Wheeler, 74, of Huntington, WV, made his heavenly crossing from his boyhood home on January 9, 2020. Born March 13, 1945, the son of Jewell Hensley Wheeler. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Wheeler, who loved him with all of her heart, also by two sisters, Marian Broughton of Kettering, Ohio and Carolyn Jones of Athelia, Ohio. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond, Kenneth, David and Cricket; three sisters, Phyllis Wheeler, Ramona Gibson, and Patricia Eubank. Mitchell began his career as a tree trimming perfectionist at the age of 17 under the direction of his father-in-law Thomas Orie Brooks. He began his own business in 1975, he named it Wheeler’s Tree Service. He retired in 2010. Mitchell loved to travel, hunt, fish, bowl, and play horseshoes. He loved having his cattle on the home place til he was no longer able to care for them. He was a member and trustee of Bowen Ridge Church which he loved dearly. He is survived by lots of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special nieces, Michelle Dotson, Kay Dick, Missy Means, Vonda Wheeler, Tiffany Fitzpatrick, Rita Blake and Sabrina Bellomy; a special nephew, Pearl Dotson; special brothers-in-law, Don Gibson and Tommy Brooks; special sister-in-law, Trish Dotson; and good friends, Brenda Hysell and Sharon Hogsett. Mitchell is also survived by really special close friends that was more like brothers to him, Joe Hogsett, Greg Brooks and Earl Fortner. All of these people made his last days as good as possible. Pallbearers will be Tommy Brooks, Joe Hogsett, Greg Brooks, Earl Fortner, Matt Fortner and Randy Mullin. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Jesse Lacy and Brother Dave Gladwell. Burial will be in Baylous Cemetery, Salt Rock. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. A special thank you to Teresa Davis for her love and care. Special thanks to HIMG, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Paramount Senior Living and Hospice of Huntington. The family requests that you share a memory online at

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Greg Smith
Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 6:25 AM

Although I didn't have the opportunity to know uncle Mitchell for very long, I've learned what a remarkable man he was. By seeing how his life has touched so many other people, I truly feel honored to have known Mitchell for the short time that I did. I've witnessed the outpouring of love and support for aunt Barb and it just proves how special Barb and Mitchell have been to so many friends and family members. I can only wish that I had known Mitchell longer. I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful family.
Vonda Wheeler Smith
Friday January 10, 2020 at 7:12 PM

Memories ~ I don’t even know where to start, I have so many. Well here goes..... as a child Mitchell would wrestle with us kids and I must add that man never knew his strength, he was famous for giving us pink bellies. Needless to say Mitchell was the victor in these matches always, but that’s alright~ what he didn’t know was, I now know as an adult I was the winner every time. Why you ask? Because I walked away every time with not only a pink belly but time well spent with my Uncle that I wouldn’t trade for nothing. He was one of the hardest working men that I know, right along side of my Dad. I believe that trait come from my grandmother Jewell. I remember one year wanting to buy Christmas gifts for my brother and Dad but didn’t have the money, so I asked Uncle Mitchell if he would help me out and without hesitation he gave me the money and a ride downtown to do my gift shopping. Nothing comes for free... I paid my debt back by helping on the wood pile. That Christmas not only did he supply me gifts for my family he also taught me a lesson, you work for what you get. He never did teach me how to stack the wood right though, he wouldn’t let me do that part. I can hear him now.... you don’t do it like that Blackie! And I’ll not soon forget the countless rides in the back of the dump truck. Us kids would see the guys coming up the holler from a hard days work and we would run as fast as our lil legs would let us to get on top of the brush pile in the back of the truck to be dumped at the burn pile. Talk about a fun time, kids these days just don’t know what they’re missing out on. I had an Uncle that would let me be a kid and enjoy myself whether it be in a dump truck, riding his 4 wheeler or his old work horse. Those were the days. The days in the Greenhouse with Mitchell were fun also. He got a kick out of slamming the door so the water on the ceiling would get us every time, he wasn’t the only culprit doing these shenanigans, I did it to him as well. I could go on and on, I’ll end with this note. My Uncle Mitchell taught me the meaning of “True love” and when I say that I mean I’ve never in my 49 years ever saw a love like his and my Aunts. In this life we all want to love and be loved. And these 2 have set the bar high, I’m sure they’ve had their highs and lows, but always stuck right by each other’s side. I’ve always admired their relationship and always will. I know my Uncle is not here in body, but you best believe he will always be with his Barbie.
Richard Burkhart
Friday January 10, 2020 at 5:17 PM

One of my best friends A good man well like by everyone that knew him Good Christian man and loved everyone

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