John Douglas Wheeler

February 27, 1948May 28, 2014

John Douglas Wheeler


John Douglas Wheeler, 66, of Walnut Hill, passed away May 28, 2014 in Pensacola. John was born in Warren, Arkansas and was of the Baptist Faith.

John began his career as an Arkansas State Trooper. He also worked as a Warren Police Officer for the Warren Police Dept. in Arkansas. He was a 20 year veteran of the US Navy. During his time in the Navy, he was a Petty Officer 1st class Nuclear Med Tech Security Force Officer. John was a Deputy Fire Chief of the Bellview VFD and he was the IT Tech Smartcop who successfully developed 800 radio communications for the PJC Police Dept. and the Gulf Breeze Police Dept. He was a full-time Pensacola Junior College Police Officer at the Downtown College, a part-time Police Officer for the Gulf Breeze Police Dept. and a Dispatcher for the Pensacola Police Dept. The remaining of his career led him to the State of Florida, Department of Financial Services. While there he worked as a Workmans Comp Investigator and then moved to an Investigator with the Fire Marshalls Office - Insurance. Finally, John retired as an Investigator with the State of Florida Dept of Financial Services WC Investigator.

In 2012, John underwent a successful kidney transplant at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL.

His parents, Douglas Ray Wheeler and Frances Powell-Wheeler of Warren, AR preceded him in death.

Survivors include his life partner and caretaker, Paul Timothy Ferguson of Walnut Hill, FL; sisters, Donna Raines (Marlin) and Nancy Jones (Calvin) both of Warren, AR; brother, Jimmy Wheeler; nephew, Pastor Eddie Raines (Jodi) of Warren, AR; Nieces, Sarah Valentine (Matt) of Warren, AR, Michelle Johnson (Pete) of Meghee, AR and Deanne Dillon (Sean) of Conway, AR; Great Nephews and Nieces, Alex, Andrew, Abby, Amelia, Kelsie, Raven, M.J., Aidyn and Zoey all of Warren, AR.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 11:00-12:00 at Eastern Gate Funeral Home with the funeral services beginning at 12 noon. Pastor Hazel Godwin from Pine Forest Pentecostal Church and Pastor Eddie Raines from Victory Baptist Church in Hampton, AR will be officiating. Interment will follow at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shands hospital kidney donor foundation. Eastern Gate Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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March 5, 2018

May Gods unfailing love continue to carry you when you feel weak. There is no pain in this world too great for him to ease. 2Cor4:7 2Cor1:3

Jonathan Kanzigg

March 24, 2015

My name is Jonathan Kanzigg with the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. I am trying to get in touch with John's partner or family members. FFCA would like to recognize him for his years of service at our summer conference. Please email me at

June 9, 2014

Godspeed John.

Carl Wehrspaun

June 6, 2014

Another Bellview Firefighter thanks you for being a part of our Family, you will be missed. You were part of a great Team we had and provided leadership during some stressful times. I learned a lot, and still remember the core values you taught. Thank You

Paul Ferguson

June 5, 2014

It's me my Buddy...My Life Partner....My Heart is Broken...I am terribly sad my man.. I couldn't pull you out of this hideous disease....I am deathly alone now...but I will see you soon my friend... be god's will.... God knows my prayer... "You're my best Friend ...Hoke"
Paul Ferguson (Walnut Hill Florida)

Susan Wilson

June 4, 2014

I worked with John at PPD. What I remember most was his sense of humor and his laugh. My sympathies to his partner and family.

David Eskridge

June 4, 2014

It was truly and honor to know you and to work along side you. Rest easy dear friend.

Nancy Newland-Beverly

June 3, 2014

John worked for me and with me at Pensacola Junior College Police Department. He was a valued member of our team and I appreciated his willingness to share his knowledge for the good of our department. John was dependable and loyal, giving 110% to the job he was assigned. On a personal note, John was a good man, one I was honored to call, "friend." I've missed our visits over the years as John moved on to be an asset to other organizations. My prayers are with all who loved John. His legacy will touch the lives of many.

Amy Wheeler

June 3, 2014

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Peace be with you always...

Thomas Webster

June 3, 2014

John, worked with you at Gulf Breeze Police, always a great time.. We will miss you!!!