Patricia Ann "Patti" Phillips Wheelington

November 2, 1954December 3, 2013
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Patricia Ann "Patti" Phillips Wheelington passed away December 3, 2013 at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas. Patti was born to David John Phillips and Charlotte Christine Knaeble on November 2, 1954 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University Texas A and M Texarkana. Patti came to Texarkana for training at Red River Depot. While here she met and married Raymond Wheelington. They were married December 29, 1989. Ray was a square dance caller and encouraged Patti to become a round dance cuer. She was club cuer for Guys N' Dolls of Texarkana. She cued for several clubs in Texas. She cued for clubs and festivals throughout Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama. She was a member of Roundalab and the East Texas Callers Association. Patti was Community Based Alternative Supervisor for the Department of Ageing and Disabilities Services. She retired after 22 years. Patti enjoyed dancing, traveling and her dogs. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Fitzgerald Phillips. She is survived by her niece, Laura Phillips of Germany, an uncle, John "Jack" Phillips of Las Vegas, Nevada, and step mother, Joan Rule Phillips of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also, the square dance community and many, many friends.

Patti was generous of spirit and heart. She was known for her bubbly personality and beautiful smile.

A memorial service will be Monday, December 16, 2013, 10 A.M., at East Funeral Home on Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas, with Rev. Vida Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers make a donation to a favorite charity.

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Tom Dujmovich

June 21, 2014

Having just learned of your tragic passing, it is with great sadness that I write this. Though it has been 40 years since we parted, I'll always hold the pleasant memories of my first love in a very special place in my heart. I look back to your prom....your high school graduation....our time at Delaware as irreplaceable memories.

Anita Bickham

December 24, 2013

I have been away from the Texarkana area for over a year and just learned of this tragedy this morning and I'm just shocked beyond words. I met Patti 2-3 years ago when I was invited to watch the Guys n Dolls rehearse. She made my husband and I feel very welcome with her sweet smile and personality. To her family and friends, please accept my condolensces on the untimely and tragic death of this sweet lady.

Dick Rood

December 19, 2013

A beautiful lady and excellent Square and Round dancer. So willing to help, and teach new round dancers. A privilege to watch her on stage dancing while she was cueing.I considered Ray & Pattie personal friends. She will be greatly missed.
Dick Rood, retired dancer from Hideaway Squares (Waco, TX)

Debbie Thompson Greg Immel

December 18, 2013

You will be greatly missed, Patti! I'm looking forward to dancing to you and Ray in heaven!

Krystal Riley

December 17, 2013

I am writing this on behalf of Patti's step-mother, Joan, we are truly shocked and saddened by the news. Patti was such a beautiful soul. She would brighten everyones day when she would come to visit Ms. Joan. Always very helpful and compassionate when it came to Joan's welfare. We all here at the golden rule will miss her to great lengths.

Tina Babb

December 17, 2013

Patti was very helpful to me as a young adult in business. Then, I came to know her, Mr. Wheelington & her dad. She was always so sweet and such a lady. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Tammy VanSlyke

December 16, 2013

Patti has impacted many lives and will be greatly missed.

Freda Woodrum

December 16, 2013

A beautiful lady. A true friend. You will be missed, Patti.

Michele and Dave Vieira

December 16, 2013

In loving memory of a very special lady. Patti, you will be remembered for your kind heart, wonderful smile, and ever smooth cueing. We will miss you!

Sylvia & Jerold Jordan

December 16, 2013

Patti, we miss you so much. You were a very special friend to us. I am so thankful I told you face to face how much you and Ray meant to me. We will always remember both of you as our special friends. You had a beautiful smile on a pretty face and a beautiful personality. You were a sweet lady. We will all miss you, and always remember you.