Clyde Wheeler

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Daily Press
November 27, 2008


Deacon Clyde Bazel ‘C. B.’ Wheeler, Jr., 54, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at Sentara CarePlex Hospital.

He was born July 7, 1954, in Hampton, Va., to the late Clyde Bazel Wheeler, Sr. and the late Reva Mae Harris and was a lifelong resident of Hampton. He was the grandson of the late Rev. James E. Harris and the late Sarah Harris.

Deacon Wheeler is a product of the Hampton City public schools. He graduated from Pembroke High School in 1972. He received his BS degree from Hampton University in 1980. At his passing he was employed as a radiological control instructor at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Newport News), where he had worked since 1981. Deacon Wheeler accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as a youth at the Bethel AME Church, Hampton. In his youth he wandered away from the church. He then remembered the Christian values instilled in him by his parents and returned to the service of the Lord when he joined the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News, Va., in 1996. His love of and faith in the Lord were evident in his service to the church.

Deacon Wheeler was preceded in death by a brother, James Herald Morris. He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Darlene; two sons, Valentino Crawford, Jr. and Clyde Bazel Wheeler III, both of Hampton; a sister, Beatrice Wheeler, of Hampton; a cousin Charles L. Dean, Jr. and his wife ‘Dee’, of Newport News; his best friend since childhood, Leroy Wray of Hampton; other relatives; and friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at A New Hope Baptist Church, 1415 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, officiated by the Rev. Michael L. Silver. Family and friends will assemble at 9:30 a.m. at the home at 231 Settlers Landing Road for the procession to the church. Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. After the interment the family and friends will reassemble at the church fellowship hall. Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Ronald C. Perkins Funeral Home, 251 West Queen Street, Hampton, Va. (757) 723-3308. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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