John Wheeler

John Wheeler

John Wheeler, 58, of 544 Poyners Road, Moyock, NC died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at his home.  Born in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late Michael Francis and Lula Mae Wright Wheeler and was the husband of Teresa Langley Wheeler.  Mr. Wheeler was a retired Volunteer Firefighter and Paramedic.  He had worked with the Crawford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Moyock Volunteer Fire Department, Dare County EMS, Pasquotank-Camden EMS, Dare Med Flight, Currituck County EMS and served on the Currituck County Fire/EMS Advisory Board.  Mr. Wheeler also worked as the Maintenance Director at Sentara Life Care in Barco, NC.  He was a member of Moyock Baptist Church and had attended Providence Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of thirty-three years, Mr. Wheeler is survived by a daughter, Tanya W. Flores and husband Jose; two sons, John W. Wheeler, II and James M. Wheeler, all of Moyock, NC; a sister, Harriet Sloat of Spring Grove, PA; a brother William Richardson of Columbia, NC; and a grandson, C.J. Tipton.

A funeral service will take place Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Stevens officiating.  Burial will follow in Moyock Memorial Cemetery.  Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Building in Barco, NC.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel and at other times at the residence.  Memorial donations may be made to the Crawford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 96, Currituck, NC 27929; the Moyock Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 81, Moyock, NC 27958; or to the Animal Lovers Assistance League, P.O. Box 266, Currituck, NC 27929.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Wheeler family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. rande banks

    No greater love has ever been that John had for his famly and friends. Once he was an Angel of mercy, now he is in the hands of the Angels. My heartfelt condolences to you.

  2. Jacquelin Bogue Diosomito

    Johnnie was such a good man. And a character ! Worked with him and Teresa at Dare County EMS..Teresa, my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Just remember, he will always be with you, when the wind blows, the birds sing and the snow falls… Johnnie may have left this earth but he will never leave your side!

  3. Adrienne Wimmer

    Johnny was and is such an amazing man. A husband,father and a role model to so many. If you ever were around him you would always see such a big smile. The love for his family and friends showed how big his heart was. You will be missed so very much. With honor and respect.
    The Wimmers

  4. Adrienne Wimmer

    Johnny you have made such an impact on so many people’s lives including mine. You are such an amazing person loving husband father and hero. Anyone who was ever around you saw that smile it just warmed your heart. You will be missed by many but never forgotten.

  5. Carol Castellow

    A wonderful man has been lost but I know he is looking down on us and watching over us. Johnny (and Teresa) I worked together here in Dare County, he was my partner for a while and he was fun to be around. Love and miss you Weeble.

  6. Chris Hooper

    Johnny has no more pain or suffering. A great man has gone on to watch over his family and friends. Thanks for sharing a wonderful man of many talents with us. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Chris

  7. Tammy Koontz Hartmann

    Very sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful man. He will be missed dearly.

  8. Billy Wright

    Thoughts and prayers for the Wheeler family and friends. A great man that’s truely going to be missed by all.

  9. Robert Woodley

    May God watch over and care for the entire Wheeler family and may you each receive the needed strength to help you get through this tough time.

    Currituck County High School
    Athletic Department

  10. Betty Fairchild

    You and your family are in the thoughts and Prayers of the Fairchild Family.

    Carl Fairchild
    Betty Fairchild

  11. toni deveraux

    I knew John in high school for a short period of time but he was a good guy, even then. god bless to his family.

  12. Susan Murden

    Went to school with Johnny and he was always a good friend. I know your pain a s I am still dealing with my own.They keep telling me it’ll get easier. Some days will be harder than others, just remember you are not alone. You have many friends and family. Use us that’s what we are here for. All my Love and Blessings are with you and yours.
    Susan Doxey Murden and family

  13. Ken&Angela Ferrell and Family

    Johnny could alway bring a cheer to a crowd.He will truly be missed he was a really fighter.May god be with the Wheeler family.

  14. Marie Wallace

    Thoughts and prayers are with Teresa and the family. I worked with Johnny and Teresa at Pasquotank EMS when I was do my paramedic ride time and afterwards as a volunteer. Johnny was such a good person to work with. He made you feel so at ease doing ride time with him. Several of us at Washington County EMS did our ride time with him and he was awesome. Teresa, may you and the rest of the family find some peace and comfort in the fact that Johnny is no longer suffering. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of the time you had together. Please call on us at WC EMS if we can do anything for you. May God bless you, comfort you and give you peace. With deepest sympathy and love. Marie Wallace WC EMS

  15. Wanda Forbes

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I thought a lot of Johnny. He was a good guy. I know he will be miss by a lot of folks as well as myself. Remember God will be there to help you all through the days to follow.

  16. Carrie Snowden Brickhouse

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Such a great man. So many memories!!!!

  17. Ruth Crider

    Some friends bring ruin on us, but a true friend is more loyal than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 That is what Johnny was to so many people. A true friend with that wonderful smile. He will truly be missed by many at Sentara. God bless you and your family.

  18. Mark and Tiffany Lundy and family

    Johnny was such a great example of the kind of person we should all strive to be. He was always so friendly and thoughtful, always giving and at times a push over. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to Teresa and the family. May God give you the strength you need to get through this time of loss and heartache.

  19. Bonnie Morgan

    Teresa, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John was a very special person and touched the lives of many. His quick and ready smile warmed the hearts of everyone he encountered. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  20. Ruth and West Ambrose

    Teresa, You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Johnny has really been a trooper through all of this and has set such an example for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep him in your heart and he’ll never be far away.

  21. Casey Scopelliti

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you Teresa and your family’ You and Johnny are two of the sweetest, kindest, caring, loving people I have ever known. Please know he is in a better place. God bless you and your family. Let him carry you through this time of sorrow. A great husband, father, son, and friend will dearly be missed.

  22. Lauren, Pat, Ayden and Riley Berry

    At such a hard time there really are no words, other than we are so sorry. He lived his life wonderfully, always with a smile, with so many blessings. His family, friends, and community were all made better just by seeing the example he set in his everyday life. He left an amazing legacy that your family is continuing every day. May peace be with you.

  23. Sheila Rose Tyler

    Teresa and family,
    Growing up with Johnny was so much fun! Loved his sense of humor. Then years later our sons grew up together and the apple did not fall far from the tree! So proud of Coach Wheeler and give you and Johnny the credit for raising such a nice young man. Teresa, you are one strong lady and I know that our Lord and Savior will wrap his arms around you and your family. May God’s blessings be with you and yours.
    Sheila Rose Tyler
    Tulls Creek

  24. Mike Melugin

    I was saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. I can see his smile and hear his laugh in my mind’s eye. Ever cheerful, even when he was airsick he would laugh and joke. LJ was a flight medic on Dare Medflight for years and a pleasure to work with. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  25. Waynette Speight

    Teresa and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Johnny was a wonderful person. It was amazing how he still had a smile & sense of humor to the very end of his battle. Be thankful for the lifetime of wonderful memories you have to cherish. I pray for peace beyond all understanding for you and your family. Lean into God’s loving arms as He carries you through this difficult time.

  26. Milton Eaton

    Johnny generated a wonderful person, a great father and a man who was a true credit to his community in my mind. His professional skills as a medic were only exceeded by his friendship he gave to me and my family. My love and prayers go out to Teresa and the children. I was blessed to have known Johnny.

  27. Lynn, Jennifer, Ethan, and Madelyn Dale

    The Wheeler family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Andy Ward

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Andy Ward

  29. Peggy Humphries

    So sorry for your loss but just know earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. The Wheeler’s will always be in my heart and prayers.

  30. Sarah Skae-Clark

    Healing moves at its own pace. Be kind to yourself and take it one day at a time. I know your heart is aching and I am truly sorry for your loss. Sympathy wording is never easily expressed. I hope I have expressed my heartache and how much I love you.

  31. Linda Medura

    Aunt Teresa, Johnny, Jamie, and Tanya… Our hearts, thoughts and sympathies are with you during this difficult time.. Love y’all and wish we could have stayed to pay respects, but had previously planned arrangements that could not be revised.. To my uncle Johnny- I wish that time and distance didn’t separate us for such a lengthy period of time. I’m glad that I got to see you one last time before you went to heaven.. You are missed and loved so much. Rest in peace….love, your niece <3

  32. Jeremy and Leslie Wright

    May the family find comfort in knowing that Mr. Wheeler is resting in the arms of The Lord!

  33. Vince Hannon

    My heart felt prayers go out to Johnny, Teresa, the children and all the rest of us who’s lifes had that much more joy, happniess and love for having known the “weeble”. Just as our lives will seem to have a piece missing with Johnnys passing. I knew Johnny as a partner, a mentor, a teacher, but mostly as a friend. I am happy and thankful, not only that he is no longer a part of the pain and suffering that gos along with this life, but that his spirit is surrounded by love for eternity. Till we meet again in the next life, MAY GOD BLESS.

  34. Annette Hocutt on july 8 2013 10:00 pm

    Teresa and family,I am truly sorry for your lost.Johnny will be missed.Always remember all the good times that you shared together.God will help you and the children at this difficulty time.prayers for the family.

  35. Rob, Alice Fey Sr. and Family

    Teresa and the entire family, Alice and I are so very sorry for your loss and pray for you during this time when you need it most. Johnny and you have been good friends not only to us but to the entire area. He will be surely missed and will never ever be forgotten. If there is anything we can do during this time or anytime please do not hesitate to ask.

  36. beth e brickhouse

    so sorry for your loss Teresa and family. hopefully you can find peace and comfort in God’s arms.

  37. scott buckalew

    Thersa-When Kathy Pugh called me and told me of Johnny’s passing I felt so bad for not seeing yall sooner. Johnny was always around for me when I was working in Dare county,I will always remember his smiling and happy go lucky attitude.I am so sorry that i will not be able to make the funeral I can not get off work. I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of your loss. Scott Buckalew

  38. Mary Ann Aydlett

    Theresa, although I did not know Johnny well, I do remember his friendly and positive attitude. My heart goes out to you and your family. With hearfelt sympathy….

    Mary Ann

  39. Scott Helton and family

    Teresa, the thoughts and prayers of my entire family are with you and your family during this most difficult time. I offer my heartfelt condolensces and deepest sympathy. Johnny and You are truly angels and have made our world a better place!
    Scott and Janice Helton

  40. Connie Brice

    Theresa and family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and the family.
    I know how hard this will be for you. thinking of you with love.

  41. Jazmin Blackford

    Mr. wheeler and Jamie so so sorry to hear about your father! All of us at Sentara will miss your dad and keep your family in our prayers.. Your father was a nice caring man, who loved helping people. God bless you all.

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  44. Kathy Remy

    Theresa, I just wanted to send my condolences and let you know I am thinking of you!

  45. Tommy Bizzell

    Theressa, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Johnny always made me laugh. He and Wendy are probably laughing it up in heaven right now. Take Care, Tommy

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