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Lois Juanita Nealey Wheeler: Loris

1931 – 2021

     Lois Juanita Nealey Wheeler of Loris passed away on Saturday, Aug. 7, at McLeod Loris hospital. She was 89.

Mrs. Wheeler was born Dec. 17, 1931 in Loris. She was the first child of the late William “WM” Jefferson Nealey and the late Dorothy Ruth Heniford Nealey.

     Mrs. Wheeler married John Thomas Wheeler, Sr., on May 25, 1974 at Thrift Baptist Church in Paw Creek, by Rev. Daniel M. Deaton, Jr., who has been a true friend for life. On her wedding day she became the step-mother of five children.

     Mrs. Wheeler was active in WMU since 1974 as a teacher and director. Mrs. Wheeler retired from Southeast Industrial Equipment in 1993, where she worked as an accountant for 14 years and went on to work part-time at Pawtuckett Florist in Charlotte.

     Mrs. Wheeler was the children’s director and a dedicated member of Thrift Baptist Church for 15 years in Charlotte. She then became a member of Second Baptist Church for 15 years in Mt. Holly.

     She transferred her membership to Shady Brook Baptist Church in Mt. Holly for two years, before moving back home in 2005 and becoming a member of Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church.

     Survivors include her step-children, John Thomas Wheeler, Jr. and wife Connie, Robert Wheeler, Tina Adams and husband, David Sherrie Bumgardner, and Sandra Owens; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brothers James Lewis Nealey and Jimmy Dale Nealey and wife Gail; and lots of loving nieces and nephews.

     Mrs. Wheeler was predeceased by her loving husband, John Thomas Wheeler, Sr.; and her sister, Mildred Lucille Adams.

     Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 10, at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church with Pastor Dr. Perry Jones and Rev. Rocky Gregory officiating, private committal services to follow.

     Visitation was planned for the hour preceding the service at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church.

     Family requests that, due to the returning threat of COVID-19, people in attendance return to wearing masks and social distance.

     Memorials may be made to Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church Building Fund at 937 Green Sea Road South, Loris, SC 29569.

     A guest register is available here.