Johnny William Wheeles

December 14, 1930August 1, 2018

Revered Wheeles, retired pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, died and went to be with Jesus Wednesday morning August 1, 2018, at 10:27 am. His last words before leaving this world were "I'm running fast."

Reverend Wheeles was a dedicated minister who led two churches in building programs: Richland Baptist Church, Asheboro, NC; Hillside Park Baptist, Thomasville, NC. He was the pastor of Gospel Chapel Baptist Church, Asheboro, NC; Hughes Grove Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC; Richland Baptist Church, Asheboro, NC, Hillside Park Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC; Woodlawn Baptist, High Point, NC.

Reverend Wheeles was a pastor, counselor, a mentor, a motivator and a God-called minister who led an untold number of people to Jesus Christ. He was a model servant of the Lord, and always put God first in his life and ministry. When he was approached by his church members about issues in their life, his answer was prayer. He believed in the power of prayer, and often could be found in the church on his knees praying for the needs of the church and for the people. He faithfully served an Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God. His faith and love of the Lord carried him through the trials of life and throughout his ministry of 45+ years.

Reverend Wheeles was born in Union Point, Georgia, December 14, 1931. His parents, Singleton Siccero Wheeles, and Emma Norris Wheeles were active members of First Baptist Church of Union Point Georgia. Their involvement in church activities taught Reverend Wheeles at a young age the importance of serving Almighty God.

Reverend Wheeles had a Bachelor of Theology degree from Clarksville Seminary in Clarksville Tennessee. He attended Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.

Reverend Wheeles is survived by his wife, Viola Wheeles; and two children, John W. Wheeles II, Katherine Wheeles Chatham, and a sister Virginia Caulk of Trinity, NC. He had four grandchildren, Aubrey Chatham Smith, Ross Alexander Chatham, and Kelly Wheeles Parker, Bryan Scott Wheeles; and six great grandchildren, Braxton Parker, Dillon Parker, Brock Parker, Preston Wheeles, McKenzie Wheeles, and Caden Parker. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Daniel, Thelma Noah; and one brother, Albert S. Wheeles.

Reverend John Wheeles left a God-given legacy. He practiced spiritual principals, and a desire to serve and commit his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. The testimony of his life inspired others to give their life to the Lord, and the Rock (Jesus Christ) upon which he built his life was a light that could not be extinguished. He will be remembered by countless numbers of people due to his insatiable desire to follow in the footsteps of the Lord, and his unwavering support of his church members in times of difficulty, death and illness. He was a called, appointed and anointed minister who gave his life in the service of God.

A memorial service will be held August 11, 2018, at 11 am at Woodlawn Baptist Church, High Point, NC. Reverend Josh Gentle will be presiding over the funeral and Reverend Roger Porter, a close friend will speak at the service. Jan Wheeles will play for the service, and Joann Bowman, Janie Ellis, Linda Carter will provide the music.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hinkle House/Hospice of Davidson County NC, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27295; or Woodlawn Baptist Church, 3201 North Main Street, High Point, NC.

Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point is honored to serve the Wheeles family. Online condolences may be made at


  • Singleton Siccero Wheeles, Father
  • Emma Norris Wheeles, Mother
  • Viola Wheeles, Wife
  • John W. Wheeles II, Son
  • Katherine Wheeles Chatham, Daughter
  • Virginia Caulk, Sister
  • Aubrey Chatham Smith, Grandchild
  • Ross Alexander Chatham, Grandchild
  • Braxton Parker, Great Grandchild
  • Dillon Parker, Great Grandchild
  • Brock Parker, Great Grandchild
  • Preston Wheeles, Great Grandchild
  • McKenzie Wheeles, Great Grandchild
  • Caden Parker, Great Grandchild
  • Margaret Daniel, Sister
  • Thelma Noah, Sister
  • Albert S. Wheeles, Brother

  • Hinkle House/Hospice of Davidson County
  • Woodlawn Baptist Church


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Johnny William Wheeles

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Alan Clodfelter

August 11, 2018

Dear Boots and Family:
So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We did not know. We followed him from Hillside to Woodlawn. Hated to see him leave Woodlawn. There will never be another preacher that preached like him. Know he is with the Lord and rejoicing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and in our prayers. Love, Alan, Natalie and Lane Clodfelter


August 10, 2018


Donna Varner Davis

August 8, 2018

John and family,
I am so sorry for your loss yet I know Rev. Wheeles is at peace rejoicing with the Lord and seeing his loved ones that are with him. May you and your family find comfort knowing he is at peace.
I remember he and Allen "Kadillac" shared the same birthday.

Starr Jenkins

August 7, 2018

I would like to say my prayers are with you, Boots & Kathy, Joey and family. John was a great man of God. He was faithful to his calling and loved the Lord. I will never forget how he and David Jarrett would always be there if I or my son were sick or in the hospital. He would pray and always lend a helping hand. I thank the Lord he was my pastor at Hillside Park. I just cant say enough good things about him. I know he is on the streets of Gold praising the Lord!

Kathy and Steve Gallimore

August 7, 2018

John was our pastor at Hughes Grove. Both Steve and I were saved under his ministry. John was a wonderful pastor, a REAL pastor. His church family was as important as his wife and children. He was always there for us with sage advice and support. His prayers could make the hairs stand up on your arms because you knew he had God's ear. Prayers for strength, peace, and comfort to Boots, Joey, and Kathy and rest of his family. See you on the streets of gold Brother John. You will be greatly missed.

Donita Hulin

August 6, 2018

Him and my grandma always had a running thing with a chicken leg. When she passed he sang her song "a Rose" and we found her a chicken leg for him. It was a magnet. He was family. No. He is family. He prays with me.

Faye Hughes

August 6, 2018

John was one of the best people I have known. Always made you feel welcome. A great man of God. Leslie thought the world of him and he did Leslie. A pastor, husband, father and family man to be able to say you were proud to be part of this man's life. Praying for all of you.

Roy and Glenda Moncus

August 4, 2018

To Boot`s and family in your time of sorrow. Roy and I want to thank God for having known Preacher John Wheeles was our pastor for may years until he retired and we moved John loved God and was a dedicated man to God. He was always there in sickness and death with many families, John always went that extra mile for everybody whether they were church members or not. One of the things that stood out about John was when you walked into the church he would greet you with a big smile on his face and a big hand shake and you would feel welcome when you walked into his church. And the last time Roy and I saw him he still had that big smile for us. I could write from now on and never could say enough good things Preacher John has done and lead people to the Lord including us! God Bless! Love and Prayers!
Roy & Glenda Moncus

Wayne Ferguson

August 3, 2018

Wayne Ferguson Prayers for the family ! Rev. John Wheeles was a great friend and Pastor was very instrumental in getting me active in church. Was my Pastor at Hughes Grove Baptist and Hillside Park Baptist, use to go out on visitation with him ,this is where I began to grow spiritually, now I'm a Sunday school teacher, Deacon, sing in the choir all because of you John .Thank you John for the time spent with me. We have the hope of meeting again in a Heavenly home one day .

Tony Moore

August 2, 2018

Too many wonderful memories, and so hard to pick one. John simply was a "great" man who lifted up "The Lord's Name" to many a lost soul. He helped more people than anyone will ever know. He accomplished great things, but only through God. He loved his family dearly. He mentioned several times, that when his time has come, for us not to be full of sorrow, but to rejoice with him as he dances on the streets of gold in Heaven. We at this time are rejoicing with John. With lots of love to his family, Tony & Sherry Moore