Edna Birdell Gorrell Wheeler

Friday, October 4, 1935 - Saturday, March 11, 2023

In God's Loving Care

Photo of Edna Birdell Gorrell Wheeler  - 1935-2023

Cruso – Edna Birdell Gorrell Wheeler, age 87, entered into Paradise on Saturday evening, March 11, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.

Birdell was a native and resident of the Cruso community where she was well-known for her kindness, cooking wonderful meals- especially her “tater salad,” and sharing her love for all those around her. She loved working in her garden, canning and preserving then sharing her bounty with her family. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and making beautiful quilts.

Mrs. Wheeler was a faithful member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a strong Prayer Warrior who read her Bible daily and her love for Jesus was evident in the life she lived. Birdell is so greatly missed and we love her so much.

Birdell is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Pless Gorrell and Clyde Gorrell; also a granddaughter, Rachel Williams.

Surviving are her loving husband of 68 years, James Howard Wheeler of Cruso; children, Rita Ann Shuford (David) of Fairview, David Wheeler of Grover, Kimberly Shuford (Anthony) of Marion, and Dale Wheeler (Melanie) of Canton; sisters, Betty Jo Long and Shirley Leatherwood both of Canton; a brother, Jesse Clyde Gordell (Jean) of Rogersville, AL; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, and also a multitude of special friends who loved her dearly.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Birdell Wheeler will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2023 at Beth Eden Baptist Church, 240 Hendrix Street, Waynesville. Rev. Dwayne Riddle, Rev. Cameron Bolden, Rev. Dale Whitson, and Rev. Jody Shuford will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday evening, March 16th. Burial will be in the Wheeler Family Cemetery in Cruso. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Jon, Jody, Aaron, Chad, Adam, Andrew Smucker, Daniel, Ethan, Andrew Warren, Malachi, and Jeremiah. The service will be livestreamed on the facebook page for Beth Eden Baptist Church, https://www.facebook.com/bethedenbaptist240

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Wheeler family.

Condolences from family and friends

Earth's loss Heaven's gain. Praying for the family.
Melisa Jordan
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family
Betsy Freeman
We are so sorry.for the loss of your mother and Grandmother.We are praying for you all
Paul and Kathy Honeycutt
We are praying for peace and comfort for all the family. Birdelle was a wonderful neighbor and Ricky has many fond memories of her as he was growing up. She will surely be missed in our little community. Love to all
Ricky and Donna Henson
I am so so so sorry. I know that pain that goes along with the joy of the knowledge of seeing her again. I love all of you.
Kelli Worley
Mrs Wheeler was one of the nicest supportive parents I ever had at Bethel Elementary. I know the children ,grandchildren and family will miss her immensely. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Tanna Timbes
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Nena Gorrell
Sending prayers for comfort during this difficult time
Bridget Davis
Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Heaven is sweeter.
Betty Silver
Rita, I am sure Birdell and my Mom(Ruth Ethel) are doing some catching up about now. Mama loved her so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Steve Farmer
Our thoughts are with each of you as you face each day ahead. We have been in many church services growing up with her. Love in Christ, The family of the late Clyde and Mary Rhinehart Mike, Juanita, Rick and Terri.
Rhinehart family
Howard and children - We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
James and Robbie Bryant
So sorry for your loss. Your loss heavens gain. But I know that does not erase the pain and hurt you feel. Love you all, praying for you. Jerry and Linda Howard
Linda Howard
I am so sorry to hear about Bird , prayers and love for all the family
Deborah Edwards
I am so sorry to hear about Bird , prayers and love for all the family
Deborah Edwards
Kim, Thinking of you and your family. Sending lots of prayers your way.
Barb Luetkenhaus
I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Wanda Salyer
She was the sweetest person I ever met; she was always at everything that Cameron and Cindy had for the boys!! She always brought a cake and her tater salad. She was an angel and has gained her wings!!!
Shirley Mehaffey
Sorry about your loss she is with Jesus no more pain. She was one of my classmates and friend.
Mary Ellen PressleyOne of
Birdell was such a bright spot in my life. It was an honor to be a part of her care. I love her and all of y'all so much. You all will be in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mandy McMahan
Birdell was such a bright spot in my life. It was an honor to be a part of her care. I love her and all of y'all so much. You all will be in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mandy McMahan
We are so sorry for your loss of Birdell. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. May sweet memories and loving thoughts comfort each of you.
Mike and Pat Sharp
To the family- we` were sorry to hear about Birdells passing. We remember her as a very sweet & Godly lady.Our prayers are with y'all .
Michael & Dianne Reynolds
Sorry for your loss she was a great lady she's with Jesus now praying for the family we love y'all
Calvin and Gwen Watts
Howard and Family Deepest sympathy to each and everyone of you. Sweet sweet lady. Every time I think of her, I think of her singing “Blessed Be the Name”. A Bright and Shining Light, she was for the Lord. May “The God of All Comfort” be close to you now and in the days to come. Love and prayers to all. Jimmie and Shirley Fender
Jimmie and Shirley Fender
I never got the chance to meet Mrs. Wheeler, but I feel like I know her through Rita’s stories at work. I’m praying for your family in this tough time.
Heaven has gained a precious lady who will be missed greatly. Praying for God's grace, peace and comfort for all the family! Love you all!
Carla and Paul Whitson
Truelly a virtuous woman. We admired her and her family greatly
Calvin and Diana Lester
Birdell was a great lady. My love, prayers and sincere sympathy.
Rhoda Cole
May the Lord bless and keep you. May His comfort be felt deep in your soul.
Robin Moody
So many precious memories when we were all together at Granny and Papaws. Best yeast rolls I ever had were made by my Aunt Birdell. She will be greatly missed. God Bless the entire family in the days ahead.
Lou Ann Long Allen
We love you all so much and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you as only He can.
Kenneth and Angela Randolph
I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
Jeanelle Jones