Alfred Ray Wheeler

Born in Nashville, TN on April 11, 1947

Departed on January 18, 2018 and resided in Old Hickory, TN

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Alfred Ray Wheeler, 70, of Old Hickory, died Thursday, January 18, 2017. Ray was born in Nashville, April 11, 1947, the son of the late Jonnie F. and Mildred M. (Spaulding) Wheeler. He graduated from Maplewood High School. Ray grew up in a small four room house with his parents and five brothers. The tight quarters and his parent’s devotion created an amazingly close family bond that remained throughout his life and family relationships. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving his country. Like so many soldiers of that era, he had a love of cars, something that stayed with him all his life. He was an avid restorer of classic cars, with a special love for the 1956 Chevy and Corvettes. He restored many 56 Chevys over his lifetime a trait which extends to others in his family. An extremely hard worker, he went to work for Western Electric after returning from Vietnam. He then went to work for the Postal Service until retirement. His strong work ethic caused him to return to the workforce after retirement as a nuclear contractor. He traveled Texas, Alabama and other areas in this capacity.
Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose always faithful strength and dedication united the entire family. Ray’s outgoing personality, quick sense of humor and stylish demeanor ensured he rarely met a stranger. Ray’s motto which he often shared with his grandchildren was “Look Your Best, Do Your Best, Be Your Best.”
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his first wife, Pamela (Hendricks). He is survived by his loving wife, Marie (Rolison) Wheeler; daughter, Sheila (Charles) Goe and grandchildren Joshua and Ellen Pelletier; Son, Steve (Marjorie) Wheeler and grandchildren Chase and Nicole Wheeler; daughter Laine (Sean) Hiera their children Jake and Lyla Hiera; his five brothers, Jack, Ed, Calvin, Fred, and H.D.; and extended family members and many friends. Visitation will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Monday from 4-8 pm and Tuesday from 10 – 11 am. A Life Celebration Service will be held Tuesday at 11 am followed by interment at Greenbrier City Cemetery. The family wishes to encourage all family and friends attending the funeral to come in a classic car and participate in the procession to the cemetery in honor of Ray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nashville Room In The Inn

6 Comments to Alfred Ray Wheeler

  1. Phil and Judy Harris
    January 21, 2018 8:21 pm

    Our prayers are with the family. We wish we could be there for them but due to medical problems that will not be possible at this time.

  2. Margie Russell Snell
    January 21, 2018 8:47 pm

    Marie, Jack, Calvin, Ed. Fred, H D and all family members.

    My prayers go out to each of you. I remember the good times of growing up with Ray and his brothers. We attended a special church at Ivy Memorial. The people were always willing to help the families and show love and God’s love in everything from the church and instilled the kids to be the best they can be in their future life. We will miss him, but we know that he is with the Lord and has no pain. We will see him when we all get to Heaven.
    Margie Russell Snell

  3. Dan and Sue French
    January 22, 2018 7:30 am

    We are sorry for your loss.
    It brings a smile to remember all the people who admired Ray’s car in the church parking lot. They couldn’t even get out of church without yielding to the sin of envy!
    May God bring you hope and peace.
    God bless you,
    Dan and Sue French

  4. Brenda Chambliss
    February 15, 2018 9:34 am

    Ray was a great person and he was my friend and loyal customer. We had fun talking good times in the barbershop while I was making him look good, (that was easy)…my husband never forgave me for giving Ray his Nova that sat in the back yard for years..I never got to see the finished product, if Ray redid it I know it was great!! God bless your family and God bless you Ray….time to rest…loved you guy

  5. jake
    August 15, 2019 9:05 pm

    ray was my grandfather and we will all ways rember him we love you ray

  6. jake hiera
    August 15, 2019 9:07 pm

    we love you papa

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