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 William Lewis Wheeler

William Lewis Wheeler

Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Death 25 Aug 1880 (aged 67)
Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, USA
Burial Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, USA
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Fulton Telegraph - Fulton, Callaway Co., MO

Date of Death - April 25, 1880


Last Sunday as the sad chimes of funeral bells floated in requiem upon the fragrant breath of beautiful spring, saddened hearts, gathered within the portals of the Christian church to pay the last sad rites of earth to he remains of a pure and noble citizen. The deceased gentleman has been long and favorably identified with the prosperity and growth of our city and county, and his death
leaves a vacuum, which cannot be easily filled.

He was born in Baltimore county, Md., March 15th, 1813, and came to Missouri in 1843. During his life, he was at successive periods engaged in active business at Hagerstown, Md.; Big Sandy, Ky.; Baltimore Md.; Portland and Fulton, Mo. He was married to his surviving widow in 1848 and has five children living, and four dead. His church relations were of a most happy and valued character. He attached himself to the Christian Church, Portland, Mo., under the ministration of Elder D. M. Grandfield in 1869. He was at different periods a member of our City Council and Board of Education, and for ten years cashier of the Southern Savings Bank. His will leaves his widow custodian of his estate. W. L. Wheeler
was no ordinary man. His splendid business gifts, his rare social qualities and his devoted friendships will not soon be forgotten by those who have sojourned within the radiant circle of his influence. His nature was "sincere,
affectionate, magnanimous, and he was never so happy as while promoting the happiness of others." He died, as he lived - a devoted, conscientious, Christian man. His splendid mind remained unimpaired, ‘till the close of life.

The Rev. W. H. Marquess pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. J. Y. Blakey pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted the Rev. Geo. Edward Walk in the performance of the last sad rites. The choir of the Christian church furnished beautiful and appropriate music. The grave and coffin were richly decorated with beautiful floral offerings, gifts of loving hearts and hands, and the
silent sepulchre of departed worth bore fragrant testimony to the loyal affection of those who knew him well. His remains were followed to the cemetery by the largest procession of mourning relative and friends that was ever
witnessed before in the city. Peace to his ashes!

The following is a list of the pall bearers,

Edwin Curd, J. C. Yantis, Dr. J. J. Brown, James H. Tureman, Thomas B. Nesbit, D. M. Tacker, D. P. Bailey, George T. Hubbard

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Callaway Weekly Gazette Fulton, MO April 30, 1880


Elsewhere will be found an obituary notice of W. L. Wheeler, whose death occurred at his residence in this city on Friday, the 25rd inst, ... In Mr. Wheeler, the county loses one of its best citizens. He was a man of genial and
kindly disposition always affable and obliging and was noted for his ability, never failing, accuracy and unswerving integrity in business. He was one of those men in whose hands you could trust most important interests and feel that they were safe, knowing that his simple word was as good as his bond. To these admirable qualities may be added what should be considered the crowning glory of
life - - he was an humble and consistent Christian, ever ready to respond with heartfelt sympathy and material aid to the appeal of distress.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, in the year 1813. Three years of his long business career were spent at Hagerstown, Maryland; three years at Big Sandy, Kentucky; fifteen years at Baltimore, Maryland; twenty-
seven years at Portland, in this county, and ten years as cashier of the Southern Bank of Fulton. In the year 1869, while residing at Portland, he united with the Christian church, under the ministration of Eld. D. M. Granfield.

Of his nine children, Annie, wife of Phil S. Adams, cashier of Callaway Bank, Misses Lena, Ida and Nellie and his son Lewis, are still living.

Mr. Wheeler had been ill of a painful and incurable disease for several months, and knew the close of his life was rapidly approaching. He did not fear the change, but with a calm and unfaltering trust that almost robbed death of its gloom, he arranged his earthly affairs, with most tender solicitude for his family, and then quietly awaited the summons of the Great Master. Up to the hour of death, though weak and almost speechless, he retained his consciousness, and shortly before he passed away, he faintly uttered as his dying words a sentence fraught with hope and comfort for his mourning friends: "I'm trusting
in Jesus." and then easily and quietly his face put on that look of immortal youth that betokened his entrance into the City of Rest.

The funeral services took place at the Christian church on Sabbath, at 2 p.m. Rev. Mr. Blakey of the M. E. church and Rev. Mr. Marquess of the Presbyterian church, assisted Rev. Mr. Walk in the services. The church was crowded, many
being present from the country. After the funeral sermon had been pronounced by Rev. Geo. E. Walk, a large concourse followed the remains to the grave in the New Cemetery, where the solemn services were concluded.

We learn that Mr. Wheeler's will vests entire control of his ample estate in the hands of Mrs. Wheeler, his widow.

Obit information provided by Ed Bartolacci .

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