Joyce Ray Wheeler

January 4, 1926November 2, 2012

WHEELER, JOYCE RAY, of Birmingham, AL died November 2, 2012. She was born January 4, 1926 to Charles Andrew and Nancy Faulkner Ray in Rocky Hill, KY. After graduating from Campbellsville College, she married Ruric E. Wheeler, also of Rocky Hill. They lived in Lexington, KY and Tallahassee, FL before settling in Birmingham, where they lived until January 2012. Joyce completed a bachelor's degree from Samford University. She was an active member of Ruhama Baptist Church and then Shades Mountain Baptist Church, where she taught the Love Sunday School Class for many years. She was active in Round Table, Samford Faculty Women's Club, and Samford Auxiliary. Joyce and Ruric enjoyed entertaining Samford faculty and friends in their home and at their farmhouse in Chilton County. Her hobbies included quilting, traveling, and reading, and in all seasons of her life she had a bevy of children she loved and prayed for. In the past few years, she enjoyed writing her memories for Our Senior Times. Survivors include Joyce's husband of 66 years, Ruric; sons, Ed (Claire) Wheeler of Barnesville, GA and Paul (Joy Gooch) Wheeler of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Aaron (Sabreena Delhon) Wheeler of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jodi (Jon) Toppen of Atlanta, GA, Brooke Wheeler of Durham, NC, Kate (David) Rivard of Midlothian, VA, and Mark Wheeler of Austin, TX,; and great-grandchildren, Natalie Toppen and Zachary Toppen of Atlanta. The family will greet friends from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, prior to the memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, Samford University, or Shades Mountain Baptist Church.


  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 5, 2012

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Joy Godfrey

September 30, 2013

I still miss Mrs. Wheeler every time I walk into Shades Mountain Baptist Church! It is amazing how a life impacts others even after they have left this world for Heaven. I think of things I would like to ask her and I think about the things that she would be saying to me if she was still here. She was a great encourager, loved telling her stories, loved her family so much, and loved her friends! It is definitely Heaven's gain and I will look forward to seeing her again. She loved me well and I loved her, too!

Roxane Copeland

November 19, 2012

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friend of such a wonderful and outstanding person that Joyce was and had become. I love reading her short stories and trying to place myself in some of them, takes you away to another time and place. Thank-you Joyce Ray Wheeler and your outstanding stories, you were a true novelist and a outstanding citizen. With Blessings and thanks, Roxane Copeland

November 18, 2012

Sad to hear the News of Joyce Death She touched many hearts with her stories; including mine Her Family has My deepest Sympathy and Prayers.
Brenda of Enid Ok

margy croney

November 17, 2012

Being born in Alabama, I have loved Joyce's stories as they brought back some memories to me. She will be missed.

November 17, 2012

What a great loss of a great writer of all things genealogy. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with her and her family...Tom Hendricks

Alice Helton

November 17, 2012

My prayers are with the family and friends.

Jesse Suttles

November 17, 2012

She will be missed by all of the readers of AP. We mall enjoyed her stories she
wrote for the ap.
Our prayers go out to her family and friends.

Lynda Miles

November 17, 2012

Our prayers and thoughts are with Joyce's family. She was so generous with her time, and we all appreciated her stories. God Bless her family.

Tom & Sue Arnold

November 6, 2012

Paul and Joy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

November 6, 2012

May God bless all the family and friends of Mrs. Wheeler and I am so thankful for what her Christian Walk on earth has been such a blessing with each of us she walked with.I look forward to the day we will all walk together again in God's place he prepared for us all.