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Virginia Wheeler

April 19, 1923 — January 5, 2023

Colonial Heights

Virginia Heath Wheeler, of Colonial Heights, widow of Alfred McAllister Wheeler, passed away January 5, 2023, at the age of 99.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her mother Mary Robertson Heath, her father James Clyde Heath and son-in-law, David Mendel Nelson.  Virginia was a graduate of Montreat College.  She was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church of Petersburg where she taught the youth in GA’s and Sunday School for many years.  She was a woman of deep faith in God and a huge believer in the power of prayer.  She loved to crochet, cook and shell butterbeans, and enjoyed sharing these with her friends and family.  Virginia was a sweet, kind, and quick-witted lady who was loved by many.  She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Wheeler Nelson of Chesterfield, and Nancy Irby Wheeler of Colonial Heights; grandson, Sean Mendel Nelson (Emily) and great-granddaughter, Virginia Ann “Annie” Nelson all of York, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road S. Prince George, Virginia 23805.  A funeral procession will leave the Colonial Heights Chapel of E Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory 2033 Boulevard Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.  The family will receive friends Monday, January 9, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Montreat College Advancement Office, PO Box 1267, Montreat, NC 28757.   Condolences may be registered at

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Monday, January 9, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

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