Pete met his first wife, Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Blay in 1951 while stationed in New York City. They were married for 63 years and had three children, James Edward, Karen and Liz. After Trudy’s death, Pete married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Mae Coward Wheeler in 2016 and moved to Searcy Arkansas where step-daughters Cherri Hogue and Denise Winter joined Pete’s family along with a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pete was a member of the Bayside Masonic Lodge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was also a member of the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas; and a member of the 300 Club with his bowling team in Norfolk, Virginia.
Pete was preceded in death by wife Gertrude Blay Wheeler, mother, Vilena Benson Wheeler, and father General Jackson Wheeler along with 3 brothers (James Edward, Eric McVey and General Jackson Wheeler, Jr.) and 3 sisters (Mary Frances, Lena Ruth, and Jamie). Pete’s surviving family includes his wife, Doris Mae McInturff Coward Wheeler, children James Edward (Sharon), Karen Virginia and Elizabeth Adrienne (Barry Lawson), grandchildren Kristen Michelle, Jennifer Nicole, Zachary Kurtis Watson, step-daughters Cherri Cay Hogue (Gary), Doris Denise Winter (Jim), Susan Elizabeth Ferguson (Bob), step-granddaughter Debra Louise Dignam (Paul) and step-great grandson Freddie Jack Bowman.
Pete’s funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 27 at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462) starting at 10am with his burial immediately following at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Pete’s memory to Paragould Children’s Home in Paragould, Arkansas.
In the event that there are connectivity issues with the livestream during the service, a recording will be available after the service has concluded.