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Jerri Ellen Wheeler

May 11, 1949September 6, 2020

Jerri Ellen Wheeler, 71 of St. James, NC passed away on September 6, 2020.

Jerri was born May 11, 1949 in Columbus, OH to the late Tom and Ruth Hogsett. She grew up in Hillsboro, OH and graduated from Hillsboro High School. She was reluctantly voted the FFA Queen in her senior year. Jerri moved to California in the 1970's where she worked for many years at Disneyland. Later she transferred to the Disney Channel. From there, she went to work for Cal. Tech in Pasadena, CA, where she held various administrative positions. Jerri always had a passion to be a teacher and in her 50's she went back to school and earned her teaching credentials. She taught kindergarten for three years until meeting her eventual husband Jim. From 2007 to 2016, Jerri and Jim lived in San Juan Capistrano, CA before retiring to St. James, NC in 2016. Jerri was active in many book clubs, lunch groups, The St. James Service Club, and will be remembered for her wonderful cookies and cakes, even being know to some as the "Cookie Lady". Jerri and Jim attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

Survivors include her husband James "Jim" Wheeler; a sister, Pat Hogsett - Tieman; a brother, John Hogsett; and a niece, Ruth Ryan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Hogsett; a sister, Joan Terrell; and her dog, Hobo.

A celebration of Jerri's life will be held at a later date. A graveside service and additional celebration of her life will be held in Hillsboro, OH also at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


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Diane Horning

September 12, 2020

I continue to try to replicate some of Jerri's cookie recipes she shared with me. The cookie's just don't taste the same without Jerri's touch, love and heart! May she rest in peace. She touched and warmed the hearts of everyone she met.

Tom Lynch

September 11, 2020

Jerri was such a kind, positive, and fun loving person that I especially enjoyed knowing as we were growing up in Hillsboro. I am very saddened to learn of her passing and send my condolences to Jim and her family. It was so nice to reconnect with Jerri and meet Jim at our last reunion. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Jerri's family members. I am so sorry for your loss.

colleen cooper

September 10, 2020

I will miss my sweet friend. I will especially miss sharing our birthdays together at Olivers and comparing our purchases at Kate Spade and Talbots. No one will ever be able to bake like you!
Rest in peace

Susan Ruggles

September 9, 2020

My sympathy and prayer to the husband and family of Jerri.
Jerri was a nice, positive person.
She was always smiling in high school and stayed the same through life it seems from her FB posts.
I know she will be missed.

Mary Kesler Turner

September 8, 2020

I am so grateful I got to spend time with Jerri the last time they were in Hillsboro. She was living a happy life with Jim and Hobo! My deepest sympathies to Jim and the rest of her family.

Karen Hallberg

September 8, 2020

I am so very saddened and sorry to hear the news of Jerri's passing. She was always a sweet person in school, with a ready smile and sense of fun. I remember getting into trouble occasionally when she and I would pass notes in class. My thoughts will be with her husband and family, and my prayers will be for their comfort from family, friends and the Word of God.
Karen Jacobs Hallberg

John Glaze

September 8, 2020

So many memories of Jerri - we started first grade together and since our names were close in the alphabet, when we advanced to changing classes, we were always in the same homeroom. Two favorite memories - one of our family taking Jerri home after Linda Gordon's birthday party during a ferocious ice storm. 2nd was getting to meet Hobo when the Wheelers escaped the hurricane and came to Ohio. So many other memories of this special lady fill me. May God comfort you as you go through this period, knowing Jerri is over the struggle and at home.

Nancy Young

September 8, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Jerri’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Margaret Edwards Burton

September 8, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jerri's passing. We were in the same high school graduating class. Jerri was very well liked & always had a smile. May God comfort all. Margaret Edwards Burton

Linda Freedman

September 8, 2020

I shared many Hillsboro, Ohio memories with Jerri. We always had a great time together and loved the animals that she had at her home. Her father, the friendly vet Dr. Hogsett, was a favorite of ours. and her love of animals was prevalent for all to see! I sadly did not keep up with her, but I always followed her progress thru the few reunions I attended . I send good thoughts and wishes to her husband, doggie, family, and her many friends.

Linda Gordon Freedman


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