Pauline Sowell Wheeler, 94, of Golden, Miss., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Tate County, Miss. She played basketball at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss.. She received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi, as well as a master’s of education and master’s of English at the University of Mississippi. She taught in Tate County, Miss., and in Memphis, Tenn. She taught at Red Bay High School from 1960 to 1968. For the last 27 years, she taught at Northwest Shoals Community College in Alabama. There she served as chairman of the English Department and founded the Reading Development Program. She received numerous academic and achievement awards over her teaching career of 54 years. She was a member of Alabama Education Association and Mississippi Association of Educators. She was a former member of the Red Bay Garden Club and Patterson Chapel Homemakers Club. She was a member of Red Bay First Baptist Church and attended Golden Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala., with Brother Donnie Riley presiding. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, Miss. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two children, John Creel Wheeler, Fulton, Miss., and William R. Wheeler Jr. (Polina), Oxford, Miss.; two grandchildren, Sophia Pauline Wheeler and William R. Wheeler III; one sister, Faye Anderson, Great Falls, Mont.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orin Sowell and Annie Pryor Sowell; her husband, William R. Wheeler Sr.; three brothers, L.B., Harold, and Perry Sowell; and one sister, Audrey Cochran.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Kennedy, Gary Umfress, Jamie Franks, Ralph Winchester, Johnny Mack Morrow, Alben Mason, and Dicky Sparks.
Visitation will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Golden Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Golden, MS. 38847.