History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Wheeler Funeral Home was founded in 1991 by life-long Newton County residents Bill and Bob Wheeler. We have been a cornerstone in the Covington community for many years and take pride in being the first facility in Newton County to be constructed solely as a funeral home. We were also the first funeral home to offer on-site cremation and pet cremation services. Our staff with more than 200 years of combined experience realizes that each family has different needs. Therefore, we are committed to assisting you in creating a meaningful service with dignity, respect and professionalism.


Our Valued Staff

Bill  Wheeler

Bill Wheeler, Funeral Director

Bill Wheeler has been working with funeral homes for almost 50 years. In 1969, he graduated from Mortuary College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived for a short time after moving from his hometown of Covington, Georgia. In 1991, Bill and his brother, Bob, recognized a need for a large, well-designed funeral facility in Newton County. Together, they designed and built Wheeler Funeral Home on Brown Bridge Road. "This is the only business I’ve ever wanted to be a part of,” says Bill. “It’s wonderful to be able to help people in their time of need.”


Bob  Wheeler

Bob Wheeler, Funeral Director

Bob Wheeler grew up in the “Snapping Shoals” community of Newton County. Bob knew from an early age that he wanted to be in the funeral business. He attended Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1972. Later he and his brother, Bill, joined together to build Wheeler Funeral Home on Brown Bridge Road in Covington. They opened the doors of this business in January 1991, dedicating it to the service of the citizens in Covington and surrounding areas. The business has grown to include the county's only crematory. Bob has worked with Newton High’s football program, serving as president of the Touch Down Club in 1981 and ’82. He is a Mason and Shriner and belongs to the Benevolent Order of Elks. Bob served as Coroner of Newton County for 20 years and retired in 2008. Over the years Bob mentored several students interested in the field of Mortuary Science.


Brad  Bailey

Brad Bailey, CFSP, Manager & Funeral Director

Bradford Joe Bailey, CFSP, Licensed Funeral Director – Embalmer
Brad and his wife Ruth reside in Covington, GA since 1999, formerly from Stone Mountain. We have two children, Christina (John) Barker and Christopher Bailey. Two grandchildren, Dalton and Sophia Barker. He started his career in Funeral Service in 1985. Graduated from Gupton-Jones College of funeral service in 1996. Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Certified crematory operator through Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and has obtained his CFSP title. Brad’s philosophy about funeral service is to treat every family with compassion and respect at all times. Received recognition from Fountain National Academy, Springfield, MO in Reconstructive Surgery. Licensed Insurance Agent. Member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent, currently serving on the board of Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Kiwanis club and Lions club. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family. Very excited about being part of Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory


Mrs. Krista DeLisle

Mrs. Krista DeLisle, Office Manager

Krista DeLisle and her husband, Joe, have lived in Newborn for the last 20 years. They have two grown daughters who both live in Newton County with their families. They have four grandsons. They attend Mansfield Baptist Church where Krista is very involved in the Missions, Outreach, and Recreation Committees. She also leads Women's Bible Studies. She enjoys spending time with her grandsons, her family, and quilting.


Rhena Carter

Rhena Carter, Funeral Director

Rhena joined the staff of Wheeler Funeral Home in 2014. She is a life long resident of Newton County. Rhena is an active member of the Covington Lion's Club. She is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and certified crematory operator.


Don  Matthews

Don Matthews, Funeral Director

Don Mathews license Funeral Director and Embalmer. Graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1972. Have worked in the Funeral Profession for over 50 years, member of Masonic Lodge for 41 years. Worked in a large firm in Atlanta, Ga. for over 20 years. Have
experience with all religions and funeral ceremonies. Grew up in the First Baptist Church of Tifton, Ga. Member of Emmanuel Baptist Church Riverdale . Attend Zion Baptist Church Covington, Ga.. Served in the Air Force . Married to Sherry Weaver of Quitman, Ga. and we have three Children and three Grandchildren.


Auston Irvin

Auston Irvin, Apprentice Funeral Director

Auston joined the staff of Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory in October of 2015. Auston is a native of Cornelia, GA and is a graduate of Gutpon-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. Auston brings several years of funeral service experience to Wheeler's and he takes pride in offering the highest level of customer service to the families we have the honor to serve, Auston is a certified crematory operator and is serving his apprenticeship with Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory.


David  Capell

David Capell, Funeral Assistant


Gloria Jean Capell

Gloria Jean Capell, Funeral Assistant


Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson, Funeral Assistant

Bill Watterson is a native of Newton County. He graduated from Newton County High School in 1985. Bill joined the United States Air force and served 4 years before returning to Newton County. Bill Then joined the Newton County Sheriff’s Office where he served for 22 years. Bill also served as a police Officer at the City of Morrow Police Department for 1 year. Bill Watterson currently is employed full time with the Newton County School System. Bill has been working as a Funeral Assistant at the Wheeler Funeral Home for 6 years.



Melanie Wheeler Finn

Melanie Wheeler Finn


Steve Finn

Steve Finn, Wheeler Petuary Manager and Funeral Assistant


Tracy  Wheeler

Tracy Wheeler, Funeral Assistant


Pat Hegwood

Pat Hegwood, Funeral Assistant