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Charlie Lawrence Wheelous Sr.

Charlie Lawrence Wheelous Sr., 97, of Granville County passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham.

Charlie was born in Granville County to the late Albert W. Wheelous and Blonnie O’Neal. He was a lifetime member of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church where he played the organ and piano and was a former deacon and church treasurer. Charlie retired from Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Al Thomas and Reverend Ray Gooch. Burial will follow in the Wheelous Family Cemetery in the Grissom Community.

He leaves to cherish his memory, six daughters, Melanie Stephens (David) of Creedmoor, Vickie Grissom (Robert) of Creedmoor, Gina Morris (Roger) of Oxford, Tami Gardner of Smithfield, Blonnie “Dee” Wheelous of Lake Worth, Fl. and Mia Howell (Donnie) of Franklinton; one son, Charlie Wheelous Jr. of Creedmoor, thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Nell Wheelous; a brother-in-law, Cecil Keith and a sister-in-law, Emma Ruth Woodlief. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty three years, Margaret Woodlief Wheelous; three sisters, Helen Johnson, Margaret Keith and Polly Garner and sons-in-law, Arthur Grissom Jr. and A. Max Gardner.

Flowers are kindly accepted or memorials may be made to Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church piano fund at 3500 Bruce Garner Rd. Wake Forest, NC 27587 or donations may be made to ACIM in Oxford at 634 Roxboro Rd. Oxford, NC 27565.


  • Shannan Cash Benton Posted July 6, 2021 12:33 am

    Dear Family,
    I want to express my sympathy to your family for the loss of your father, Charlie. I remember visiting Mary’s Chapel with my grandmother, Louise Cash, lovingly know as “Miss Doodie.” Charlie was always seated at the organ and played beautifully. My prayers are with you as you trust the Lord to bring you comfort and peace. May your wonderful family memories warm your hearts and help you face each day . May God Bless, Shannan Cash Benton

  • Nona Best Posted July 6, 2021 1:00 pm

    My deepest sympathy and continued prayers for you and the family. What a long life, 97 years…your family was truly blessed.

  • Randy perkinson Posted July 6, 2021 7:00 pm

    DeeDee I am sorry for your loss.praying for u and the family

  • Ron Parrish Posted July 7, 2021 12:28 am

    Mia, I was saddened to hear your Dad had passed away. Please know that Julie and I are praying for you and your family. May God bless you all.

  • Chris and Dale Wilson Posted July 7, 2021 2:02 am

    Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers with each of you. So sorry for your loss.

  • Leonard Dean Posted July 7, 2021 7:07 pm

    Gina, Sarah and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and your extended family in the death of your father. Although we personally never knew him, Rat spoke highly of him and I am sure he was a good man.. His passing saddens the heart of all of us. May he rest in peace.

  • Nancy Ausley Posted July 7, 2021 8:39 pm

    To Mia and all family, I wish to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I pray the Lord offer you peace of mind knowing your loved one is now joining his beloved wife in heaven. God bless you all.

  • Barbara Turner Harvey Posted July 7, 2021 10:14 pm

    As a child, I attended Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church. I loved being at the church. Seeing Mr. Wheelous smile to say, “Shh to Melanie and me as we played with my charm bracelet,” is a memory I won’t forget. He helped mentor me. Playing with all the Wheelous girls after church at their home in Butner is a fond memory too. I am sorry for your loss and sadly I missed the funeral. I would welcome calls and emails from the family.

  • Rita Wood Elexson Posted July 8, 2021 3:05 am

    Sending prayers to you all! Hugs!

  • Jean Ogle Posted July 10, 2021 12:05 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father, sending prayers for comfort

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