Born July 15, 1931, at Cardwell, he was the son of the late Garland Gardner and Irma Jean Frie Wheeler. Garland was a retired salesman, who also served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a gifted athlete, who coached little league baseball and was a lifelong Sunday school teacher, who attended Faith Methodist Church.
Garland devoted his life to his family and gave them the gift of compassion and caring for others. His daily prayer was for those who are hungry, homeless, and grief stricken. One of his greatest legacies was teaching his children to care for the environment and all living things.
He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, David A. Donovan, retired U.S.N.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Waggoner Wheeler, of Kennett, one son David Eric Wheeler, and wife Ann Kelly of New York, N.Y., one daughter, Karen Jean Wheeler Donovan of Little Rock, Ark., two brothers Jeff Wheeler and Bobby Dale Wheeler, of Kennett, one sister Glen Rae Carter of Olive Branch, Miss., and one granddaughter, Mary Garland Wheeler.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., today, January 2, 2007, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett with Rev. Ray Hartbarger officiating.
Pallbearers include Daryl Wilcoxson, Gary Garrett, Don Key, Barry Carter, Dunk Carter, and Keith Carter.
Honorary pallbearers include Jean Hall, Jeff Smith, Delano Washington, former U.S. congressman Bill Burlison, J.C. Cuff, Albert Hargrove, Mike Faught, Harold McElwrath, Ronnie Burke, and Ed Hodges.
The family requests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association or the Kennett Animal Shelter.