Wheeler, William "Bill" M.


Bill Wheeler of Carrollton, Texas, was called to Heaven on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. The memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, Texas 75007 on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. A graveside service will precede at 10:30 am at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen located on Central Expressway at Ridgeview Drive.

Bill was born on November 30, 1947, to Gomer and Joretta Wheeler and grew up in McKinney where he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and various sports. Bill graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and started his career in the banking industry. He later became a CPA and worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank in Irving. Connie and Bill met early in his career and were married in August of 1985. Their children, Whitney and Clayton, were the highlight of his life, and one of his greatest passions was attending their every school event. Bill successfully battled esophageal cancer from 1999 – 2001 and several years later, retired from banking. During retirement he enjoyed volunteering at church, visiting his children at college in Abilene, and attending various musicals and concerts that came to town.

Bill was a longtime faithful member of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship where he used his spiritual gifts serving on the financial team and helping with various technology ministries. He was passionate about history, trivia, and Rock & Roll music. Known by friends as “The Walking Encyclopedia”, he didn’t miss an opportunity to share facts. Books were his favorite past time and he was easily engaged in a conversation about the Civil War, Lincoln, or JFK. Bill’s unique artistic talent was hidden to many but was manifested to friends and family through unique pencil drawings, calligraphy, graphic art, and photography. While known as quiet and reserved, those close to him will remember how he proudly wore Hawaiian shirts as well as blue suede shoes for special events. Bill never missed an opportunity to volunteer for school activities, and was “on call” to help his family fix the cars or assist with house projects. He was deeply loved and well known by his Lifegroup, who became his closest friends. Bill showed concern for others diagnosed with cancer and people struggling with serious illnesses. He enjoyed numerous snow skiing vacations with his family, and a comforting memory is their recent family trip to Colorado.

Those left behind to cherish his memories are his wife Connie; daughter Whitney Wheeler Collins and husband John; and son Clayton Wheeler; aunt Ethel Mae Richardson of Bryan; cousins Jim Harp of Austin, Janet Kale and husband Tom of Lake Limestone; and Joanne Miller and husband Dan of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gomer and Joretta Wheeler.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, their Life Group, and loving friends and neighbors for their support.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Gideons International, Dallas North Camp, P.O. Box 113355, Carrollton, TX 75001 or Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, Benevolance Fund, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75007

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18 replies on “Wheeler, William "Bill" M.”

Bill Randolph says:

Connie, Whitney and Clayton–my deepest sympathies in the passing of your father Bill. I did not know him well, but having just read his obituary I can just imagine how much he will be missed. “A life well-lived” is a phrase that comes to mind. I am grateful that you have had each other for these years, sorry that it has been cut short, and I am grateful for Bill’s new life in Heaven with his Lord. All my love, Bill Randolph.

Michael Denkeler says:

We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May Bill rest in peace.

John Jones says:

Our loss is God’s gain! So many spectacular and fun memories to help us make it through these painful days. Bill was like my older brother…always there to encourage me to be more independent. I recall his sharing with me step-by-step instructions on how to change my own oil in my cars – and even giving me a lawn mower and edger so I could mow my own grass. And on the finer things of life, teaching me to not not take the cheap way out when buying shirts, slacks and dress shoes – telling me which fabrics and brands were sure to give me many years of service. WAY too many other stories and fun times to mention here…I MISS YOU BILL…GOD BLESS YOUR SWEET FAMILY!!!

Joe Crutchfield says:

Connie – I am so glad to have known Bill over the years. My time with him over coffee, lunches, and at CCA were moments I will cherish. It was an honor to have him as my friend.

Will my sympathy and with my admiration to him and your family.

Joe Crutchfield

Greg Gibson says:


I was saddened to hear the news about Bill. He was always a hoot to be around. We will remember our trips to Colorado and Las Vegas and the fun times together. Our prayers are with you and your family.


Molly Breeland Houdek says:

I worked with Bill at the Bank from 87 till his retirement. He has always been a wonderfully fun man so full of life and knowledge. The world will never be the same. Hugs to you Connie Whitney and Clayton. God will see u thru.

Sue Davis says:

To Connie and family,
I was saddened to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. I wish I could be at the services Tuesday. Please know that I am praying for comfort and peace for all of you.
Sue Davis

Brandon Eichten says:

To the Wheeler Family- I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill and I served on the Bent Tree Offering Counting team and worked together on numerous Sunday mornings. Bill was always so friendly and loved sharing stories of his family. I graduated from CCA in 2003 so we always had things to talk about.

He most recently shared memories of Whitney’s wedding to John at Bent Tree and loved to bring photos of the wedding ceremony to share with the group. He was so proud of his children and you could see the happiness on his face as he shared stories. He was also very inclined to share history or good books with the group. Bill will be missed greatly at Bent Tree and CCA, and I am so very sorry to hear of his loss. I pray for peace and comfort to your family during this difficult time.

Kevin and Cathy Rutledge says:

Connie, Whitney and John and Clayton, We are so sorry and want you to know that we are praying for each of you. May God comfort you and give you peace. We pray each of you will sense His nearness during this very sad time. Much love, Kevin and Cathy

Trisha Dominguez says:

So sorry to hear about Bill, I have fond memories of him as my supervisor at FHLB of Dallas. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.

Carolyn Pitts Corbin says:

Connie, Whitney, and Clayton:

I have just heard tonight about Bill

Sandra Albrecht says:


My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband, Bill. While the pain and loss is overwhelming difficult, I hope you will treasure all of the good memories and times you two had both together and with the family.


G. T. and Carolyn Robinson says:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time in your lives.

Steve Franks says:

Connie, I was deeply saddened to hear of your husband’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Roger Forte' says:

For all the years that I knew Bill in grade school, junior and senior high, he was always the one with the ready smile, calm demeanor and a willingness to be a friend to everyone.

I never heard him say anything bad or negative about anyone and am proud that I got to know him and have him for a friend for that short time in our lives.

God bless him and give his family peace and comfort in knowing that he is doing what he did best in Heaven as he did here on this earth.

Claren Walker says:

At such a time as this, may it help to know how many hearts are touched by your loss, and how many thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Capehart says:

Connie and family-
Please know that we are praying for the Lord’s comfort as you endure the loss of Bill in this life.
How thankful we are that he is in heaven completely healed!
Cherish and share your memories because they are part of his legacy.
Much love and prayers.
Lisa & Mel Capehart

Jonathan Mitchell says:

May the peace of Christ be with the family and friends of Mr. Wheeler.

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