Delbert Wheeler




Delbert Wheeler, 86, of Houston, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Houston.
Funeral service will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Minister Norris Dudley officiating.  Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at noon.

Mr. Wheeler was born September 27, 1932, in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler.  “Cotton”, as he was known, grew up a farmer’s son, planting and growing just about anything.  He had a great love for John Deere tractors.  Later, he joined the United States Air Force and worked as an aircraft mechanic.  This experience led him to a 35 year career with CRC Corporation.  He began there as a mechanic, then acquired his corporate pilot license, and went on to fly over 10,000 hours for the company. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.  Given everything he was able to accomplish, his most prized accomplishment was his family.  Mr. Wheeler loved his family more than anything.

He is survived by his children, David Wheeler and wife Sheila of Willis, Debra Smith and husband Mark of Hockley; grandchildren, John Wheeler of Willis, Cameron Smith of Hockley, Regina Wheeler of Willis, Melissa Reed of Willis; great grandchildren, Olivia, D.J., Elaina, Jensen, Raegan, Madelyn, Rylan; sister, Fonda Burgay; nieces, Phyliss Griffin, Sharon Burgay; a host of other family and friends.

Preceded in death by the love of his life, Donna Wheeler; parents, John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be John Wheeler, Rick Brown, Cameron Smith, Brandon Griffin, Kevin Reed, and Ken Griffin.

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