June Wheeler

Hamilton County

June Gaynell Wheeler, 88 of Harrison, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, after a lengthy illness.She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Charles Keith Wheeler; son, Charles K. Wheeler Jr.; father and mother, Hal and Addie Butler; brother, Charles Sidney Butler; and sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Mary Beth Welch.She leaves the following people to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Becky Wheeler; daughter and son-in-law, Gayla Choate-Oxford and Tipton Oxford; daughter-in-law, Linda Wheeler Hough; seven grandchildren: Amy (Jay) Still, Tammi (Kevin) Highsmith, Todd (Kristi) Wheeler, Travis (Kimberly) Wheeler, Jason (Emily) Wheeler, Aaron (Beth) Choate, Terri (Randy) Roark, eleven great grandchildren: Landon Reed, Macy Wheeler, Lakelund Wheeler, Bree Roark, Satchel Wheeler, Hayden Choate, Sydney Highsmith, Weston Roark, Bailey Choate and Jake Highsmith, brothers Hal (Mildred) Butler Jr., of Kingston, TN, Delbert (Jackie) Butler, of Hixson, sister-in-law Hilde Butler, of Augusta, Ga.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.June was born in Fort Cobb, Okla., to Hal McPherson Butler Sr. and Addie Elizabeth Millwee Butler. She enjoyed her time growing up with her family and friends, playing basketball and softball on her high school team and was the president of the FHO Club. After graduating from high school, she left to pursue a career in manufacturing aircraft (Boeing) in Wichita, Kan. After one year, training in Wichita, June and family moved to Ten Mile, Tenn., in 1943, where members of her family had settled in Tennessee prior to statehood in 1796. June went to work for J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Oak Ridge, as most women did to support the war efforts overseas. From 1943 and until she married in September of 1946, she worked with the J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Panama City, Fla., and Hattiesburg, Miss.Junes next home was Nashville where she worked at the State Capital and cared for her husband while he was at the VA hospital. Healthy and ready to start a new career, June and Chuck moved to Ada, Ohio, and opened a service station and auto garage and began their family. After several years of cold and snowy winters, June and family moved to Chattanooga in 1952 and made this their permanent home.June led a very active life in Chattanooga serving her Lord and Savior and family and friends. As a member of Kings Point Baptist Church, June was active with the Tennessee Baptist Womens Missionary Union, a leader/teacher of the Girls Auxiliary, Bible School teacher, Training Union leader and Sunday school teacher. Moving her letter to Bayside Baptist Church in the early 1970s, June enjoyed working in the daycare, cooking for the daycare, serving on many committees, Sunday school/Bible school, and going on mission trips.She enjoyed serving her community as a Cub Scout den mother, homeroom mother, sewing costumes and creating backdrops for school plays, being president of the PTA at East Chattanooga Elementary School and Hardy Junior High, being a leader in the annual fund-raising events for March of Dimes, Harrison Ruritan Club, and working the election polls.As Junes children started middle school, she began working in the Hamilton County Schools as a substitute teacher and eventually in the school food services at Lakeside Elementary School and Orange Grove Center.Junes life was a portrait of a godly woman, Proverbs 31, and a lasting influence on all who knew and loved her.Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, March 13, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bayside Baptist Church, Gideons and Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Lantern at Morning Pointe in Collegedale and Hospice of Chattanooga for the love and care given to Mrs. Wheeler during her illness. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.

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