Carl J. Wheeler, Jr. of Tampa, passed away on March 6, 2023, at the age of 77. Even after months of being in the hospital, he always kept a positive attitude and never lost his sense of humor, smiling up until the end.
Carl was born on March 16, 1945, in Johnson City, TN. The family later moved to Florida where he graduated from high school, and then served in the Army. He landed his first job at GTE Telephone Company as a Lineman, kickstarting a 33-year career.
In 1970, Carl met Alice Lucas at Betty B’s Restaurant in Tampa. Carl and Alice later married and raised three daughters, Debbie, DeAnn and Denise. He was a big Gator fan, enjoyed attending comedy shows, sporting events and playing poker for charity.
In 2000, he decided to take a job with Home Depot in the electrical department calling it his “fun job” and eventually retiring for the second time in 2013.
Carl was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Mary Wheeler and his older brother Ted. Carl is survived by his wife Alice, his daughters, Debbie, DeAnn and Denise, his Grandchildren, Amanda, Casey, Jennifer, Billy and Rylee and his Great Grandchildren, Jayden, Kristian, Kayla, Gaddiel and Joshua.
Services will be held at Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay, 110 N MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33609 on Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, an organization he felt strongly about.
“Your memory we will always treasure, in our hearts you will stay forever”