Joseph Marvin Wheeler

November 26, 1961November 18, 2021

Major Joseph Marvin Wheeler, RET, 59, of Lexington, SC passed away on November 18, 2021. He was born in Columbia, SC on November 26, 1961. He was the son of the late Robert Evan Wheeler, Jr. and Betty Lou Clark Wheeler.

"Joey" is survived by his wife, Janolyn Atkinson Wheeler; son, Joseph Cruz Wheeler (Taren); daughter, Brittany Vasquez (Court); sister, Julie O'Neal (Shaun); step daughter, Jayla Keese (Tim); grandchildren, Blakely, Hartley, Harper, Hampton, Riley, and Braden; niece, Angelica Moses (Tyler), Alisha Maxon; and nephew, Robert E Wheeler IV.

He is predeceased by his brother, Robert E Wheeler III.

Major Joseph M. Wheeler, RET, served four years in the United States Army followed by his service with the Army National Guard. He retired honorably as a Major.

Joey, more than anything, loved his family, SC Gamecocks, playing golf, and his dog Paisley. He had a smile that could light up any room and a laugh that was contagious. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and his faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, gave him comfort.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on November 23, 2021 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, 820 West Dunbar Road, West Columbia, SC 29170 with interment to follow at Southland Memorial Gardens, 700 West Dunbar Road, West Columbia, SC 29170. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Fisher House of Columbia, SC online at or Tunnel to Towers Foundation online at

A special thanks to all of our friends and family who have shared stories, comfort, support, and prayers during this difficult time.


  • Visitation one hour prior to service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Interment following Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021


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Shaun McCoy

November 25, 2021

Joey's leadership changed my life, and I actively use what he taught me about management on a daily basis. I remember so fondly his presence and the care he took towards every individual in his charge. Our world is poorer now for his passing, but so much richer for his time here. Miss you Joey!

Bridgette Vasquez

November 23, 2021

One of the most precious men I have ever known. He was dear to our hearts, and he will be greatly missed.

Jeremy Hobbs

November 22, 2021

I've known the Wheeler family for over 20 plus years. Mr. Wheeler, as I called him was funny. Always smiling, he respected me, we watched football and we joined family functions together. I did his pest control at his business, we had lunch and we had great times together. When we would run into each other it would be hugs and catching up like we never missed a beat. Last time I saw him I was at Arby's with my daughter Allie. I saw a completely white & gray haired man that looked like Mr. Wheeler. I was messing with him, which we would always do that with one another. Making jokes and being funny. We sat there and ate together, talked and got caught up with each other. I haven't seen him in a while, but he was very important and special to me in my life. He will be missed. He loved his family and friends. He was so proud of his 2 children Cruz and Brittany . I love you man.
Jeremy Hobbs

Angee Gantt

November 21, 2021

My prayers are lifted to the Wheeler family.

I worked with Joey at Teleperformance and he was always encouraging and always kept you smiling.

Joey will truly be missed by all. Until we meet again.