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. 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. 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

  • 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 attends 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.

  • Billy Greene

    Billy Greene Funeral Director Apprentice

  • 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 and currently working today. Bill also served as a police Officer at the City of Morrow Police Department for 1 year. Bill Watterson worked in the Newton County School System. Bill has been working as a Funeral Assistant at the Wheeler Funeral Home for 6 years.


  • Pat Hegwood

    Pat Hegwood Funeral Assistant

  • Shirley A Smith

    Shirley A Smith Funeral Assistant

    Shirley grew up in North Florida and moved to Covington, GA, 37 years ago. She was married for 39 years to the love of her life, Bill Smith, who recently passed away to cancer. Shirley has one daughter, Dianne Dumas, a son-in-law, Brian, and a grandson, Ethan Norton. She is a very active member of Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. Shirley has driven a bus for Newton County for the past 18 years and also owns a cleaning business. Shirley has a love for helping people and Christ. She enjoys working in the yard and spending her spare time with her grandson.

  • Steve Few

    Steve Few Funeral Assistant

    Steve was born in Newton County, GA, and graduated from Tabernacle Christian School in Covington. After high school, Steve attended the police academy where he obtained his certification as a police officer. He began working with the police dept. prior to graduating high school and remained in law enforcement for 36 years. Steve is married and has six children and three grandchildren. His wife, Wendy, serves in the law enforcement field, as she and her family have served as lifelong members in law enforcement. Steve is a football fanatic and is a huge fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons.

  • Kalen Dimsdale

    Kalen Dimsdale Funeral Assistant

  • J. Clifton Clifton Brown

    J. Clifton Clifton Brown Funeral Assistant

  • Susan Brown

    Susan Brown Funeral Assistant