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Mae Everette Wheeler, 88, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday afternoon, January 14th, peacefully at her home in Grifton, NC. 

She was born in Roanoke Rapids Hospital on October 23, 1933, as Golia Mae Everette to William Stokely Everette and Golia Jenkins Everette, who moved to Roanoke Rapids in the 1920’s from Sneads Ferry to work in the cotton mills. 

Mae was a 1952 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School, where she played basketball and tennis and served as President of the Girls Athletic Club.

Preceding her in death was her husband, that she loved so much for 65 years, Thomas Edison “Tommy” Wheeler, Sr., four older brothers, Cliff “Lefty” Everette, Ronald “Bonnie” Everette, Francis Everette, and William S. “Bill” Everette, Jr. 

She is survived by her two loving sons, Thomas Edison “Eddie” Wheeler, Jr. (Debbie) of Grifton and Bryan Everette Wheeler of Winterville, a grandson Christopher Bryan Wheeler (Teri) of Farmville, and a great-grandson, Everett David Wheeler, special nieces Leah Everette, Sha Crumpler and Diane Norton, special cousins Loretta Conner and Connie Rose Mullins, sister-in-law Dorothy Wheeler (91) along with a lot of other loved family and friends.

Mae always enjoyed vacationing, taking bus trips, going out to eat and visiting with family and friends that she loved so dearly. 

The beach and good seafood were her favorites. She made new friends everywhere she went and will be greatly missed. 

After retiring in 1995, from Halifax Paper Board Company, where she worked in the office for over 40 years, she enjoyed taking walks, delivering meals on wheels, visiting at Guardian Care and spending time with her grandson.

In 2000, Mae and Tommy moved to Grifton where Eddie and Bryan were both living. They really loved being such a huge part of Christopher’s life, picking him up from school and keeping him during the summers as he grew up. 

She was known as “Grandma” to all the kids in the neighborhood. She adored her great-grandson Everett, who called her “GiGi.” Mae loved reading her Bible daily and faithfully attended Grifton United Methodist Church where she loved her church family.

The Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, January 29, at Rosemary United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids, where she was a member and attended for many years. Visitation will be from 11:00-12:30 in the fellowship hall, with the service beginning at 1:00 in the sanctuary. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery, weather permitting.

Masks are required by the church.

Memorials may be made to Grifton United Methodist Church, PO Box 416, Grifton, NC 28530 or Rosemary United Methodist Church, 900 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.