Clarence “Sherlon” Wheeler, 80, of Statesville, N.C., passed away, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Clarence was born August 22, 1939, in Mt. Ida, Ark., and was the son of the late A.C. Wheeler and Buennia S. Wheeler. He was a graduate of Mt. Ida High School and was married to his bride, Linda Pierce Wheeler, for 60 years. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Norfolk Southern Railway.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Cheryl W. Staley (Ken) of Statesville and Alan Wheeler (Landa) of Lincolnton; one sister, Bernell Sandlin (Charles) of Anderson, Ind.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Martha Tubbs of Blytheville, Ark., Betty Sparks (Layne) of Malvern, Ark., and Mary McMillian (Richard) of Paragould, Ark., and their families. Also surviving is the “adopted and cherished” Wooten family.

Mr. Wheeler will lie in state Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at South River Baptist Church, Statesville, N.C. The funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. with the burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Gateway International Missions, P.O. Box 667, Taylorsville, NC 28681 and online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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