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James Lee Wheeler
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  • Friends of the Hunley
    255 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I was sorry to learn of Jimmy's passing. He and Carolyn were long time friends of my brother and his wife, Sonny and Carole Moore. i can't help but...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Lynne Scoggins

“Our prayers are with you and your family. Jimmy was a very sweet man. I met him at my husband"s Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting. He will be...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Annie and Wimpy Seyle - Ravenel, SC

“HAVING GROWN UP WITH JIMMY AS A PART OF THE RIVERS GROUP, I NOW KNOW THAT THERE IS ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN. REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: KATHY TILLMAN - CHARLESTON, SC

“Carolyn, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are Jill and Blakes aunt and uncle. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patsy & Larry Childers - AL

“My heart, sympathies, condolences, and prayers go out to the family this grievous time. May God grant the family Peace and Comfort over Uncle Jimmy...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: David Robinett - Myrtle Beach, SC

“We were so saddened to hear about Jimmy's passing. You are both such dear friends. We believe with all our hearts that Jimmy is with the Lord! We...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kenny & Patti Lancaster - FL

“Jimmy was without a doubt one of the most caring indivuals that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a dedicated volunteer for the James...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley Rush - Friend

“It is with great sadness we say goodby to a good man and yet rejoice that he is now made whole in the presence of his creator. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Cindy Oliver - Charleston, SC

“We were classmates at Rivers High School and had great times together. We would like to send our sympathy to Jimmy's family. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Margaret, Anne, Julie Armstrong Bonifay, Bailey Geddings, Nolte Strawn - SC

“May the God of all comfort be with the family during this most difficult time.Sincerely,S. WhitingAtlanta, Ga ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Whiting - Loganville, GA

“Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy. You, family and other friends have my deepest sympathy and are certainly in my prayers. I love you and...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Virginia LaPearl - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Carolyn I was shocked to hear Jimmy had died. Just saw it on Facebook. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Love Beverly ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Beverly Milam - Cartersville, GA

“Carolyn,Jamie, Lily, and I are so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. It was a good, honest, fun loving, Christian man. He will be missed by so many....Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jamie, Cindy, & Lily Corson - SC


James Lee Wheeler, 75, of Charleston, SC, husband of Carolyn Hobgood Wheeler, died June 4, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street at 12:00 p.m. The family will greet friends inside the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Bethany Cemetery.

Jimmy was born in Charleston on December 24, 1941, son of Richard Eugene and Katie Smoak Wheeler. He considered his childhood adventures downtown around Colonial Lake and Hampton Park to be idyllic, and he held lifelong friends and cherished memories from that time. A graduate of Rivers High School, he worked at Lockheed Georgia Company and in industrial and electrical supply.

Jimmy and Carolyn moved to James Island in the mid-1970s where he served as a volunteer fireman with the James Island Fire Department for many years. An active member of the Sons of the Confederacy, he enjoyed studying the history of that period. Jimmy was a member of the James Island Yacht Club and a member of Ft. Johnson Baptist Church.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 44 years; sisters Daphne W. Stephens and Edith W. Doyle, both of Charleston; brothers-in-law James Ross Hobgood (Shirley), Harold Hobgood (Ginny), and Larry Hobgood (Marilyn), all of Georgia. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Jimmy was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy W. Burnette Powers and Betty W. Anderson, and brother, Richard E. Wheeler.

Jimmy lived his life honorably and responsibly and made time for family, friends, boating, shrimping, oyster roasts, model trains, genealogical research, all things Charleston, and his National Champion Clemson Tigers. He was much loved and much admired - and has left us much too soon.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Friends of the Hunley, P.O. Box 21600, Charleston, SC 29413.