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 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 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
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.
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.
"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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Michelle McCollough Funeral Assistant
Michelle was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is new to the Covington area. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for 17 years. They attend Hopewell Presbyterian Church where Brian is the pastor. Brian and Michelle have four children - three girls and one boy. In her spare time Michelle likes to spend time with her family, cook, enjoy beach vacations and watch old movies.
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