Faye Janette Pond Wheeler
August 15, 1935 – July 1, 2019
On July 1, 2019, Faye Janette Pond Wheeler of Raleigh, North Carolina and formerly of Richmond, Virginia, left us at age 83 to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. Faye lived most of her adult life in the Richmond area and, in 2006, moved to Raleigh to be close to her eldest daughter, Jennifer Wheeler McEntire and spouse Jeff McEntire, of Durham, North Carolina. She is also survived by a second daughter, Ruth W. Cross and spouse Cindy Cross of Winter Garden, Florida, and a brother, Reginald Ernest Pond, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia. Faye was the daughter of the late Reginald Ernest Pond, Sr., of Richmond and the late Mary Lee Morris Pond of Colonial Heights, Virginia. Faye is the former wife of the late R. Kenneth Wheeler of Richmond.
After raising her two daughters, Faye returned to the workforce at Circuit City corporate headquarters in Richmond and served in several administrative capacities for many years until 2006, the year of her retirement. Faye was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as for St. Mary’s Hospital while living in Richmond. She had a wonderful group of Richmond friends who she kept in touch with over the years. When Faye moved to Raleigh, she quickly made new friends, including the residents of her condominium, The Essex at Glen Eden. She volunteered for many years at Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit youth education program in downtown Raleigh.
A remembrance service and visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 10am at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 East Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC. Following the service, Faye’s ashes will be taken to Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia for a private interment service. In lieu of flowers, Faye’s wish is that contributions be made to Neighbor to Neighbor, 1200 S. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601.
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019
Faye Janette Pond Wheeler
July 10, 2019
I would not be the person I am today had I not met Ms. Wheeler - had our paths not crossed. I came to know her while a student at Gill High School, a private institution in Richmond. I was a sophomore and became friends with her daughter Ruth, who also attended Gill School. Ms. Wheeler was a Gill School Board of Directors member. I was only able to attend for one year due to my family's financial hardship. Ms. Wheeler somehow made it possible to award me a full sports scholarship to attend Gill for the remainder of my high school years and I successfully graduated. I went on to obtain a master's degree and an officer commission in the U.S. Army. I retired from the Army Reserve as an 04/Major.
I have a beautiful family and I am doing well in this world. I am forever grateful to Ms. Wheeler for giving me an educational opportunity that I would not otherwise have had. Her kindness and charity knew no bounds.
Thank you Ms. Wheeler - from the bottom of my heart. And thank you for being Ruth's mom. We have remained friends for almost 40 years now.
May you rest in peace, in the loving arms of Our Lord.
pat and robert brooks
July 9, 2019
Dear Jennifer and Ruth,
We loved your Mom! She was a wonderful lady!
May God be with you and your families in the days and weeks
Pat and Robert Brooks
Cheri and Mark McClure Elliott
July 8, 2019
I remember first meeting you through the memos you wrote to Chip. I saw them in the construction trailer on site at The Essex. They were beautifully written and on point regarding the up fit of your unit #103. Mark and I came to the work site every single day either before or after our work to see what was happening as the project dragged on and on. I couldn’t wait to meet you, I loved you already. We were two peas in a pod, similar souls, I could tell.
We talked about all that the first day we met and we kept on… neither of us let up, with our sticky notes in Spanish on the walls of our unit #306 and our long typed up change orders. Every day it was an adventure of the crew doing something they had to redo.
We had each other to lean on and commiserate with.
And as we settled into our spaces, we came to terms with it all, slowly but surely. We were gone all day…long hours away, and you had to endure the place all day each day, as it finally made its way into something we could call home. It was a memorable journey. Not easy but worth it. Look what we manifested.
One, in which I came to know and love you so much. You were always so easy to talk to, so kind and generous with your thoughts and feelings. Considerate of all.
Thank you for introducing us to One to One. We went to a breakfast together one year and continued to be friends with the organization. I am proud to honor you with a contribution.
If you can, and I know you will, put in a good word for those less fortunate than ourselves. We need some help down here with priorities. All the goodness I see, I will know that you played a part. We love you Faye.
Until we meet again,
Love, Cheri and Mark
July 7, 2019
The First Resident and Grande Lady of The Essex ... Faye walked with Grace, Charming everyone she met! She was dearly Loved by all, and Friendship with her was to be Cherished!
Bill and Cheryl Taylor
July 6, 2019
We didn't know Faye for very long as residence of Essex Glen. We will, however, miss her beautiful smile, sweet southern voice, and the caring that she had for others