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James David “Dale” Wheeler
November 13, 1935 -
January 29, 2024

Visitation

February 1, 2024
5pm to 8pm

Service 

February 2, 2024
2pm

Interment

February 2, 2024
Obituary

Funeral service for James David “Dale” Wheeler, age 88, of Fayetteville, TN will be held at 2pm on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in State Line Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5pm until 8pm on Thursday, February 1, at Higgins.

Mr. Wheeler was born November 13, 1935, in Madison County, AL to the late David Walter and Nanny Estelle McAlister Wheeler. Known by most as Dale, he was a veteran of the Air Force and continued his service in the National Guard. He worked for various companies in property management with NASA in Huntsville and retired from Boeing. However, he found his true calling as a substitute teacher after his retirement. Dale thoroughly enjoyed being around the students, helping them and mentoring them any way he could. He never met a stranger, and he made an impact on all he encountered. Dale also loved living life, riding his tractor, his church, and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He generously gave and received a lot of love. Dale passed away January 29, 2024, at HH Lincoln Health surrounded by the family he so loved.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Wheeler; daughter, Angie Wheeler Hall and husband Keith; grandchildren, Kaytlin Hall Carpenter and husband Wyatt, Kelsea Hall Evans and husband Ben, Kyle Wheeler Hall and fiancé Jocelyn Taylor; great-grandchildren, Ava-Kayt Carpenter, Wheeler Carpenter, Emerson Evans, and Pippa Evans; brother, Larry (Nancy) Wheeler; nephew, Joseph (Cynthia) Wheeler; niece, Shawn (Scott) Bean; double-first cousin, Wanda House; and many extended family members and friends.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James David Wheeler.

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17 Comments

  1. Stanley Payne

    Fond memories at Victory Chapel together with Dale and family and friends
    Wonderful encounters multiple times at Walmart , conversations, laughters and just sharing Life….

    His Wonderful Smile never faded as time went on .
    Dale’s memories will be forever with all of us . Dale as a faithful Christian ✝️ , and favored with impeccable integrity, kindness, compassion for life living and giving to others , from a beautiful Tender Heart
    Will miss you for a time and a season, but looking forward to the Great Homecoming at the great Trumpet 🎺 blast ❤️
    Until we meet again…
    Brother Stanley D. Payne

    Reply
  2. Marcella Scott

    Margie sending my sincere sympathy to you and family

    Marcella scott

    Reply
  3. Ricky and Carol Welch

    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. wheeler. He was such a kind and sweet man! My husband worked with him some at NASA. Always a pleasure to see and talk with him. Always friendly and had a smile on his face! May God comfort and strengthen your family in the days ahead.

    Reply
  4. Linda Jan Zielinski

    Love Dale! He always called me
    Jan-NIS and then laughed really big!! He was a special friend since 1960. I was honored to be in their wedding. He and Margie are a special pair for sure! We’ll all miss this kind gentleman. In NASA lingo, “Soar High, Dale!!”

    Reply
  5. Ron Kerbo

    What a man. Soft spoken, kind, caring, always upbeat. Touched so many lives in a uniformly positive way. I never knew him by any name other than Mister Wheeler until this morning. He’s been a steady presence in so many lives. The world could surely use more like him.

    Reply
  6. Jimmy Zieliński

    Margie and Angie – SO sorry to hear this. Unsure if I can come.. Depends on them letting me out of Hsv Hosp and their traveling advice.

    Reply
  7. Eloise Hudgins

    Margie and family, so sorry to learn of David’s passing. We are losing more and more of our Lincoln bunch. Sweet memories. Our prayers are with you at this time

    Reply
  8. Cynthia Moorehead

    Brother Dale was always a sweet and caring person. He will be missed.

    Reply
  9. Kala Gardner

    So very sorry Dale was a man of God. Margie is a loving Christian woman. They r so precious. Buddy and I always love y’all. God Bless ur family

    Reply
  10. Gail Sandmeyer

    So sorry to hear this. I so enjoyed seeing and spending time with him at the high school. He loved his family and everyone around him. He will be missed.

    Reply
  11. Gerald and Wanda Scott

    We are So Sorry. He was a great person and we always enjoyed talking to him. My son really loved him as a Substitute Teacher at Lincoln County High School. God Bless All the Family with Comfort and Peace in the days to come.🙏❤️🙏

    Reply
  12. Judy Stafford

    Margie and Family, I’m so sorry about Dale. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! 🙏❤️

    Reply
  13. Jim and sue stephenson

    Sue and I loved brother Dale and will truly miss him. He was a special friend.

    Reply
  14. Barbara Hargrove

    Mr. Wheeler was a kind and giving man. I am honored to of had him as my neighbor. Love him and his wife so much. He will be greatly missed.

    Reply
  15. Robin Daniel Shelton

    I enjoyed seeing Mr. Wheeler at the SLES games. He was a pleasure to talk to and he was always a big supporter of his grandchildren and the school. A precious man that will be missed. My heart aches for the family that loved him so and that will miss him daily.

    Reply
  16. Jimmy Towry

    Sorry to hear this news. Prayers for the family. Dale and I go back a long way.

    Reply
  17. Darrin Simms

    Mr Wheeler was a joy to talk to and loved him as a sub teacher. He subbed for me many times. Nothing but upmost respect for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Reply

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Memories

17 Comments

  1. Stanley Payne

    Fond memories at Victory Chapel together with Dale and family and friends
    Wonderful encounters multiple times at Walmart , conversations, laughters and just sharing Life….

    His Wonderful Smile never faded as time went on .
    Dale’s memories will be forever with all of us . Dale as a faithful Christian ✝️ , and favored with impeccable integrity, kindness, compassion for life living and giving to others , from a beautiful Tender Heart
    Will miss you for a time and a season, but looking forward to the Great Homecoming at the great Trumpet 🎺 blast ❤️
    Until we meet again…
    Brother Stanley D. Payne

    Reply
  2. Marcella Scott

    Margie sending my sincere sympathy to you and family

    Marcella scott

    Reply
  3. Ricky and Carol Welch

    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. wheeler. He was such a kind and sweet man! My husband worked with him some at NASA. Always a pleasure to see and talk with him. Always friendly and had a smile on his face! May God comfort and strengthen your family in the days ahead.

    Reply
  4. Linda Jan Zielinski

    Love Dale! He always called me
    Jan-NIS and then laughed really big!! He was a special friend since 1960. I was honored to be in their wedding. He and Margie are a special pair for sure! We’ll all miss this kind gentleman. In NASA lingo, “Soar High, Dale!!”

    Reply
  5. Ron Kerbo

    What a man. Soft spoken, kind, caring, always upbeat. Touched so many lives in a uniformly positive way. I never knew him by any name other than Mister Wheeler until this morning. He’s been a steady presence in so many lives. The world could surely use more like him.

    Reply
  6. Jimmy Zieliński

    Margie and Angie – SO sorry to hear this. Unsure if I can come.. Depends on them letting me out of Hsv Hosp and their traveling advice.

    Reply
  7. Eloise Hudgins

    Margie and family, so sorry to learn of David’s passing. We are losing more and more of our Lincoln bunch. Sweet memories. Our prayers are with you at this time

    Reply
  8. Cynthia Moorehead

    Brother Dale was always a sweet and caring person. He will be missed.

    Reply
  9. Kala Gardner

    So very sorry Dale was a man of God. Margie is a loving Christian woman. They r so precious. Buddy and I always love y’all. God Bless ur family

    Reply
  10. Gail Sandmeyer

    So sorry to hear this. I so enjoyed seeing and spending time with him at the high school. He loved his family and everyone around him. He will be missed.

    Reply
  11. Gerald and Wanda Scott

    We are So Sorry. He was a great person and we always enjoyed talking to him. My son really loved him as a Substitute Teacher at Lincoln County High School. God Bless All the Family with Comfort and Peace in the days to come.🙏❤️🙏

    Reply
  12. Judy Stafford

    Margie and Family, I’m so sorry about Dale. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! 🙏❤️

    Reply
  13. Jim and sue stephenson

    Sue and I loved brother Dale and will truly miss him. He was a special friend.

    Reply
  14. Barbara Hargrove

    Mr. Wheeler was a kind and giving man. I am honored to of had him as my neighbor. Love him and his wife so much. He will be greatly missed.

    Reply
  15. Robin Daniel Shelton

    I enjoyed seeing Mr. Wheeler at the SLES games. He was a pleasure to talk to and he was always a big supporter of his grandchildren and the school. A precious man that will be missed. My heart aches for the family that loved him so and that will miss him daily.

    Reply
  16. Jimmy Towry

    Sorry to hear this news. Prayers for the family. Dale and I go back a long way.

    Reply
  17. Darrin Simms

    Mr Wheeler was a joy to talk to and loved him as a sub teacher. He subbed for me many times. Nothing but upmost respect for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Reply

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