Cathy Wheeler, 1944-2016

Cathy Wheeler

Cathy Wheeler

Cathy Wheeler, 71, of Desha, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in Little Rock.

She was born in Lansing, Michigan on Sept. 12, 1944, and was the daughter of Basil Adelbert and Geraldine Grace (Cory) Ealy.

She attended the University of Nebraska. Cathy was a member of the Cushman United Methodist Church; was also a member of the United Methodist Women’s organization and a devoted child of God. She was a homemaker, a devoted and loving wife, mother and best friend. Cathy loved and was also devoted to her grandchildren.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 52 years, the Rev. James D. Wheeler of Desha, a retired local pastor serving Cushman UMC and Cornerstone UMC Pleasant Plains; a son, Jeffrey Wheeler and his wife, Shylo, of Rusk, Texas; a daughter, Michelle Lively and her husband, Chris, of Batesville; five grandchildren, Nikko Wheeler, Thaylan Bowman, Blaire Lively, Chris Thorne and Devin Thorne. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Edgmon of Wolverine, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Carl Edgmon.

The funeral was held Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Roller-Crouch Chapel with the Revs. Paul Seay and Steve Long officiating. Burial followed at Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha. Pallbearers were Nicky Pearson, Gary Hodge, Kary Don Clark, Terry Clark, James Inman and Tom Inman.

Memorials may be made to Cushman United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 25 Martin Street, Cushman, AR 72526.