Jim E. Wheeler, MD, 86 of Borger died July 3, 2014 in Borger. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at Minton Memorial Chapel with Mr. Denny Sneed of Church of Christ at Borger officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. The family will receive friends at the Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.
Jim was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Wichita Falls, TX. He was raised in Fort Worth, TX, where he attended Meadowbrook Elementary and junior high school. He graduated from Pascal High School in 1945. He played in the high school band and was a member of the ROTC. He got his B.S. degree at Texas A.&M. in 1949, where he was in the “Fightin” Texas A&M Band, playing clarinet in the A&M Orchestra for college dances. He began as a chemistry major, but changed to pre med. After graduation, he entered medical school in Galveston, earning his medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch in 1953. During his junior year, he met Verta Pauline Bates, who was working at the Galveston hospital as a pediatric nurse. They married Nov. 21, 1952 at First Presbyterian Church in Galveston.
He served his internship at Weld County Hospital in Greely, Colorado from 1953 to1954. He served in the USAF for 2 years as Captain of Medical Corps stationed at McConnell Air Force Base. He practiced at Dumas, Tx. from 1956 to 1959 and came Borger, TX in 1959 to start a practice with Knowles, Holmes and Wheeler. He was semi retired for many years and discontinued his practice in 2013. He was county health officer for Hutchinson County from 1960 to 1997 and city health officer in Borger to 2004. His interests through the years was hunting, fishing, rock hunting, genealogy and playing clarinet in the Borger Community Orchestra.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ira E. and Istalena Cunningham, and Ellis A. and Mary Ellen Wheeler. His parents, Laura Mildred and Dudley B. Wheeler, his brother, D. B. “Bo” Wheeler, first wife, Polly, and second wife, Loretta Antwine.
Jim is survived by his sons, Michael D. Wheeler and wife, Liz, of Jewett, TX and Douglas A. Wheeler and wife, Joyce, of Pocahontas, AR.; and daughter, Janet B. Moore of Borger. Grandchildren are Jack N. Moore and Jo Ward, both of Arlington TX; Benjamin A. and Jesseca (McGlasson) Wheeler of Paris, TX; Samuel D. and Candice Wheeler of Amarillo, TX. Great-grandchildren: Justice M. Moore of Harker Heights, TX; Jesse Wheeler, Sophie and Ashton Smallwood of Paris, TX; and Korbin and Becca Wheeler of Amarillo, TX.