April 28, 1929 – November 29, 2019
Ferman " Vardy " Wheeless, Jr. of Taylor, Texas passed away November 29, 2019. He was born April 28, 1929 to Ferman Vardy Sr. and Naomi Wheeless, in Elk City, Oklahoma, the oldest of three children. The family later moved to Austin, where Vardy graduated from Austin High in 1947. After graduation, Vardy received his x-ray technician certification from Brackenridge Hospital, and began his career with the Health Department Tuberculosis Mobile Unit in the Texas Valley region.
Vardy met the love of his life, Louise Barrow, at Kinney Avenue Baptist Church in Austin. They were married on February 18, 1950 and moved to Taylor, where Vardy worked for Johns Clinic, and they soon began their family. Vardy spent the remainder of his career with Johns Clinic, later known as Scott & White Hospital, retiring after 41 years. On his days off, Vardy could be found at the Taylor Golf Course, and once retired, almost daily. He enjoyed his weekly game with his golf buddies.
Vardy worked hard to provide for his family and set a Christian example for his children, beginning with prayer time and Bible study when they were young. He made sure that his family knew Jesus. Vardy and Louise were members of First Baptist Church of Taylor since 1950 – he loved the fellowship of his men’s Sunday School class and PrimeTimers group. Vardy was a member of the church choir since joining, and at times led the music worship. Music was a central foundation of his life and he passed on his love of music to his family. At reunions and holidays, they gathered around the organ and created beautiful harmonies and memories. Vardy used his musical gift to show his passion and love for his heavenly Father and church, often performing alone or duets with his children.
Vardy is survived by son Philip Wheeless and wife Betty of Tyler, daughter Sandy Harrison of Taylor, daughter Shary Stiba of Taylor, son Pat Wheeless and wife Dori of Round Rock, sister Barbara Pello and husband Jack, sister-in-law Harvene Gustafson and husband Johnny, and sister-in-law Joanne Wheeless. Fourteen grandchildren: Peggy Carey and husband Matt, Luke Wheeless and wife Ann Marie, Patricia Graham and husband Tommy, Spencer Wheeless and wife Kelley, Randa Schwarz and husband Chad, Cassandra Acuff and husband Ryan, Penny Johnson, Jeremy Wheeless, Michael Harrison, Ryan Stiba and wife Olivia, Chance Wheeless and wife Meagan, Cameron Wheeless and Biliana Grozdanova, Christopher Wheeless, and Ariana Wheeless. Fifteen great-grandchildren: Ashley Swinney and husband Drew, Amberly Moore and husband Jacob, Cydney Spiker and husband Donald, Corrinne Wheeless, D.J. Graham, T.J. Graham, Mackenzie Wheeless, Laney Wheeless, Peyton Harrison, Jackson Wheeless, Avery Schwarz, Spenser Johnson, Beau Johnson, Lakelyn Schwarz, and Hope Wheeless; three great-great grandchildren: Noah Swinney, Micah Swinney and Charles Spiker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, his parents, mother and father-in-law Harvey and Ethel Barrow, brother CE Wheeless, sister-and brother-in-law Lucile and Chick West, sons-in-law Randy Stiba and Jeffery Harrison, and grandson-in-law Elgin Johnson.
Visitation will be from 12 PM to 1 PM at Condra Funeral Home in Taylor on Saturday, December 7, 2019, followed by a graveside service at 2 PM at Taylor City Cemetery.
Vardy’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Sundara Senior Living and Encompass Health Home Health and Hospice for their love for Vardy and their support of our family this past year.
- Vistation Saturday, December 7, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sharon Kaye Crabb-Rodriguez
December 6, 2019
Neighbors.... our second home was the First Baptist Church on 7th and Davis. All of the Wheeless Family could sing beautifully..... it was a talent from God... and they had a wonderful family with Phillip, Sandy, Shary and Pat. Mr. Wheeless is now singing with the angels in heaven..... we will all be together again one day.
December 3, 2019
I have so many good memories as a child and adult of Uncle Vardy. From spending the night with Pat at their house to the family gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa Wheeless’s house. I don’t think I ever saw uncle Vardy without a smile on his face. I know he’s in heaven now with dad there’s no doubt about that, they were both such good Christian men. Both such good examples and a credit to Jesus, their Families, and the Country. Phil, Pat,Sandy and Shary we love you all and you always are in our prayers. mike and liz
Debbie Kiewit Steck
December 3, 2019
It was officially Christmas when Vardy sang O Holy Night at Christmas Eve service. What a humble and kind man. It was an honor to have known him.
Aaron & Monica Cazalas
December 3, 2019
Sandy & Shari,
Your father was a very special extraordinary neighbor who would do anything you asked of him. I along with many others will miss his kind sprit. We will never forget his great smile. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.