Wheeler-PhotoOn Saturday, April 28, 2012, John Wheeler... after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep...Acts 13:36.  He was ushered into the presence of his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

John Evan Wheeler, the most beloved husband, for almost fifty years, of Sara Ann (Sally) Swett, was born May 7, 1937, to George Ellis Wheeler, Sr and Annie Mae Lanford Wheeler

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him,” Prov. 20:7.  He was a godly father and grandfather to Anne Bythewood Wheeler Broyles, son-in-law David Broyles and children, Katherine Rebecca B. King (Ian), Sara Jane, Gilbert Evan, and Caroline Elizabeth.  His son, John Evan Wheeler, Jr, daughter-in-law Mary Whitten Wheeler and children Ellis Grace and Sadie Caroline.  Also his daughter, Sara Lee Wheeler.  Who all adored him!

John was born in Greenville and lived in the area all of his life, except for his time of service in the US Navy.  He was a 1955 graduate of Greenvillle Senior High School.  He attended Clemson University and several schools of Engineering while he pursued a career as Industrial Engineer. He was a member of the American Association of Industrial Engineers.  For 22 years John worked in the IE departments of Dan River Mills/Woodside Division.  Later on he managed the Industrial Engineer department at Woven Electronics, Simpsonville, and retired in 1999 as Chief Industrial Engineer from Southern Weaving, Greenville.

John was called by the Lord to be a Christian as a young boy.  He grew in faith and grace continually and became an example of strong and unwavering Christian character.  Formerly a member of Buncombe Street Methodist Church and Shannon Forest Presbyterian Church, he was a charter member and elder emeritus of Christ Community Church (Presbyterian Churches in America), Simpsonville, SC.

For many years he labored in the establishment of Christian education as a board member and Chairman of the Board at Shannon Forest Christian School.

A proud descendant of Confederate ancestry, John was a member of the 16th Regiment, S.C. Volunteers, Camp 36, Sons of Confederate Veterans.  He was also a former member of the Board of Directors at the Museum and Library of Confederate History, Greenville, and strong proponent of the true history of the South.

Also a member of the NRA, “Big John” loved to hunt and fish, as well as talk about the marvelous works of his Lord with many friends of like precious faith.  He was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and quick to share the “Good News” to all who would listen.  He was a man of unconditional love.

John was predeceased by his parents and a brother George Ellis Wheeler, Jr. Surviving is a much loved sister, Mary Anne Wheeler of Greer, a sister in love Linda Swett Linder (Mark), and a brother in love Arthur B. Swett.

He was a man loved and revered by all who knew him, he will be sorely missed until we see him again.

Services will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at The Mackey Mortuary. Interment and honors, by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will follow in Graceland East Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 7:00-9:00 PM at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Christ Community Church, 700 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville, SC  29680; Museum and Library of Confederate History, 15 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC  29601, or The Gideons.


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