Vallary Kim “Val” Wheeler, age 55, passed away on October 23, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012, in The Chapel at Griffin-Hillcrest in Ardmore, Okla., with Pastor Donnie Custar officiating. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Okla.
Vallary Kim "Val" Wheeler, age 55, passed away on October 23, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012, in The Chapel at Griffin-Hillcrest in Ardmore, Okla., with Pastor Donnie Custar officiating. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Okla.
Val was born to Gerald Wheeler and Lola Lucille (Meredith) Wheeler at Monroe, Louisiana, on December 21, 1956. He was reared in Columbia, Louisiana, graduated from Caldwell Parish High School, and attended college at LSU in Baton Rouge. The oil boom of the eighties encouraged Val to relocate to Oklahoma where he worked in the oilfields for several years.
Later he moved into the insurance industry and began working as an agent. Always striving to serve his clients better, he added to his knowledge by attending classes and seminars in the fields of finance, investment, and insurance. He and Carlene married in 1990. They opened Southern Financial Group in 2002, where Val continued to serve his clients and community. Through his work, he was honored with membership in The Million Dollar Roundtable and Top of The Table. He belonged to several professional and civic organizations, including NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and Arbuckle Sunrise Rotary.
He enjoyed speaking with people and loved sharing stories of his childhood from the South. As a Christian man, he studied the Bible and would often quote scripture while sharing his knowledge with Carlene and Kaylea. He supported many organizations, including local and state educational associations, and Ardmore Post 65 American Legion Baseball Teams. In his spare time Val enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and riding with Kaylea on their four-wheelers.
Val will be remembered as a caring and compassionate man in his business life, community spirit, and with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Lola Wheeler; and mother-in-law, Alene Williams.
Val is survived by his wife, Carlene, and granddaughter, Kaylea Henderson, both of the home; daughters, Katherine Williams, Whitney Mangrigues, Sheril Roberts, Tricia Ferguson and Amy Henderson; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and sister, Gearlyn Allen.
Serving as pallbearers are Nathan Mennenga, Dave Rickard, Gary Hart, Rick Ray, Charles Brady and Jim Dean.
Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com