On Monday June 10, 2019, Deacon George Oberton Wheele Jr. was summoned home to Glory, to that Mansion in the sky, surrounded by loved ones.
George was born on November 11, 1936 to Mabel and the late George Wheel Sr. in Halsboro, Virginia. He attended Midlothian Elementary School and Carver High School in Chester, Virginia. George was preceded in death by his loving wife Catherine Dantzler-Wheele, son Robert Wheele, step-son James Bunch, twin sisters Mary Smothers and Mildred Williams and brothers William Wheel and James Wheel.
In 1958, George united in holy matrimony with Corine Langhorne. To this union, five children were born. He later married Catherine Dantzler in 1999.
At age 18, George enlisted in the United States Army. Upon his return home to the States, George moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1960. He was known to be a hard working, independent man – working day in and day out to support his family. He was employed by a clothing manufacturing company and later owned his own cab, Lucky #1131, in 1973. He also owned a small novelty store for 2 years. In 1990, George began working at R.E. Michaels as a Branch Driver. A dedicated employee, George continued his employment there for the next 29 years, until his untimely death. George’s R.E. Michaels’ work family loved him – not only as a co-worker, but as a father figure, mentor and motivator.
George was a faithful member of Hallelujah Baptist Church. Here, he served as the Chairman of the Trustees and was later ordained Deacon on February 19, 2006. Deacon Wheele made several contributions to Hallelujah Baptist Church, including: the opening of the upstairs, enhancing the Outreach Ministry to great financial gains and purchasing two church vans.
He loved gospel music. So much so that he formed the gospel group “The Holy Ghost Singers” with four of his step-children. He was also the Booking Manager for the New Mighty Wonders of Baltimore.
Buddy, Didier, Big George, Dad and Pop-Pop, as he was affectionately called, was a family man who loved and praised his children and grandchildren and their accomplish - ments. Dad welcomed anyone in his home and would always extend a helping hand when needed. He will truly be missed – especially around the holidays, when he would get to work in the kitchen and make his famous ham. Everyone who knew Dad, knew about this ham. He was also known for his suit collection. George had a suit for any occasion, in any color you could think of.
His life will be forever cherished in the lives of: his loving mother, Deaconess Mabel Wheel; 2 daughters, Pamela Forrest and Lolita Wheele; four sons, George O. Wheele III, Reginald Wheele, Raynard Wheele and William Bunch; step-children Yvonne Williams (Dennis), Shirley Carter (Michael), Judy Bunch, Charlene Iasane (Rob), Lorraine Dant - zler, Elvis Carter (Adrienne), Anthony Carter, George Bunch, Charles Dantzler Jr., Anthony Dantzler, Darnell Dantzler (Josie), Darryl Dantzler, and Terrell Dantzler (Denika); Brothers-in-law Solomon Williams, Roy Ray and Harold Britton; Sisters-in-law Patricia Wilson, Victoria Prioleau and Louise James; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; devoted friends Elmer Bunch, Lucy Blowe and Bishop Larry Exum.
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