In Loving Memory of
James "Greg" Wheatley
James "Greg" Wheatley, born December 14, 1949, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to James Paul and Mary Ann (Kleptz) Wheatley, passed away on March 16, 2016 at Texas Specialty Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents.
Greg attended Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, where he excelled as a percussion player in the band, and graduated in 1967. He briefly attended Texas A&M-Commerce, before graduating in 1972 from North Texas State University with a BA in Business and minoring in Psychology.
He moved to Lubbock in February 1972 to begin his career with 3M. After five years with the company, he started his own business, Horizon Vans and later Horizon Manufacturing. He loved fabricating and building custom cars, manufacturing and selling water bed furniture, and was an outstanding craftsman in the auto body repair industry. Greg had a brilliant mechanical and mathematical mind and could invent, repair and improve just about anything.
He loved riding motorcycles and enjoyed riding Harleys with his father, many friends and family, and finally traveling and riding with his wife, putting thousands of miles under his belt touring the countryside. He also enjoyed collecting and trading WWII memorabilia and his time with his shooting club, the Flatland Shooters. He was always available to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Melinda; his children Jordan Wheatley and wife Christiane of Lubbock, Rebecca Holt and husband Erik of Dallas; their mother Janet Tucker and her husband David of Lubbock. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Ava, Jake, and Genevieve Wheatley and Jude Holt. He is also survived by his brother Al and wife Linda Wheatley of Chesterfield Missouri, brother in law Bob Pettit and wife Marsha of Corinth; nephews Jason Wheatley and wife Aimee, Scott Wheatley and wife Rachel, nieces Melissa Pettit Ibanez and husband Duff, and Kay-Lynn Pettit, one great-niece and five great-nephews.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Texas Specialty Hospital Lubbock for their kindness, caring and compassion during a very difficult time, in particular Thelma, Cynthia, Jim, Marilyn, and Linda.
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