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

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. They have two children, Christina (John) Barker and Christopher Bailey and 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. He has received recognition from Fountain National Academy, Springfield, MO in Reconstructive Surgery. Licensed Insurance Agent. Selected Independent, served on the board of Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, member of the Kiwanis club and Lions club. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and attending Higher Praise Tabernacle. Very excited about being part of Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory

  • Rhena Carter

    Rhena Carter Funeral Director

    Rhena joined the staff of Wheeler Funeral Home in 2012. 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.
    "My purpose is to help those that have lost a loved one and to assist them through a trying and painful time."
    We at Wheeler's are blessed to be able to work with interesting people doing difficult things.

  • Krista DeLisle

    Krista DeLisle Administrative Assistant

    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 involved in Outreach, Operation Christmas Child - Holiday Haulin' and Trinity Table-Feed The Homeless. She also attends Women's Bible Studies. She enjoys spending time with her grandsons, her family, and quilting.

  • David  Capell

    David Capell Funeral Assistant

    David has been with Wheeler funeral home for 5 years. He is proud to have been born and raised in Porterdale Ga. He is a Veteran and a retired mechanic and has been married to Gloria Jean Sheppard Capell for over 44 years.

  • Gloria Jean Capell

    Gloria Jean Capell Funeral Assistant

    Gloria Jean Capell has been a part of Wheeler Funeral Home for over 15 years. Her and her husband David are lifelong residents of Covington and members of Honey Creek Baptist Church. Our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are my pride and joy.

    It is a blessing to be able to offer comfort to families in their time of need and I am truly blessed. I enjoy cross stitch and quilting in my spare time.

  • Pat Hegwood

    Pat Hegwood Funeral Assistant

    Pat Hegwood and her husband Doug have lived in Newton and Rockdale counties for fifty five years. They have two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pat was employed by Rockdale County Schools from 1987 until I retired in 2005 after 18 years of service. Pat and her husband attend Newton Baptist Church in Covington. She has been employed by Wheeler Funeral Home since June of 2017. Pat enjoys working with all the employees at Wheeler Funeral Home because we all seem like family and we all care about one another.

  • Glenna Robel

    Glenna Robel Funeral Assistant

    Glenna is a native resident of Conyers, Georgia. She has worked as a hairstylist for 32 years. She is married to Fred Robel and they have 2 sons, Kalen and Jaten Dimsdale, and 2 step-children, Logan and Aiden Robel.

    Glenna is an active member of the Covington Lions Club. She enjoys working with people and sharing love and support to those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

  • Fred Robel, IV

    Fred Robel, IV Funeral Assistant

    Fred and his wife Glenna live in Conyers. Fred was born in Johnstown, PA and moved to Georgia in 1995. They have 2 children and 2 step-children. Fred is an active member of the Covington Lions Club and Community Church of Praise in Stockbridge. He enjoys hunting, fishing and has a passion for woodworking.

  • Jonathan Hicks

    Jonathan Hicks Funeral Assistant

    Jonathan has lived in Newton County all of his life. He has been married for three years to his wife Jessica. They have a son, Jon. Jonathan has worked in law enforcement since 2013. He is a graduate of Eastside High School and enjoys serving his community.

  • Perry T. Kirk

    Perry T. Kirk Funeral Assistant

    Perry was born in Owensboro, KY and is the son of Doug and Betty Kirk. He has three married children, one daughter, one son and one step-daughter; and 6 grandchildren.
    Perry is an ordained minister. He graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point. IN. He was a Volunteer Chaplain at Merryvale Assisted Living in Oxford, GA from 1999-2011 and is a member of Newton Baptist Church of Covington. At Newton Baptist, Perry is a Senior Adult Life Group Co-Teacher; Hospital Visitation Volunteer; and teaches Old Testament and New Testament in the Learning Center. He retired from Kroger Food Stores as a Manger in 2011.
    Perry is an avid Bible student and his hobby is to copy books of the Bible. He currently has copied 19 Old Testament and 22 New Testament books. His 2 greatest influences in his life has been his grandfather, A.M. Kirk and his stepdad, James. R. Linvill.
    His favorite Bible verses are: Rev. 3:20-22 and Jer. 49:19