Andrew Jackson Wheeler Jr.

Jun 30, 1935 - Dec 6, 2020


Andrew Jackson Wheeler Jr. (Sonny), of Sacramento, California, passed away on Sunday December 6, 2020, at the age of 85.
Andrew was born in Mt. Carmel, South Carolina, to Andrew and Estella (Willis) Wheeler on June 30, 1935. He spent his youth in South Carolina before he enlisted in the Air Force and honorably retired 23 years later. During his time in service he worked as a Fuel Supervisor and was responsible for quality control. He was stationed in many far-away places, including Okinawa, Japan; Texas; Chaumont and Lyon France. While in France, he met and fell in love with his wife Josette (Margheritis) Wheeler. Following that he served in Oxnard and Rancho Cordova, California; Thailand; Bitburg, Germany; and Glendale, Arizona. In 1975 his family settled in Sacramento, California. After retirement from the military he began working at McClellan AFB in civilian service.
Andrew truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; family gatherings, social gatherings with his retired military buddies, evening card games, listening to music, and in his later years he became a student of the Bible. However, his all time favorite passion was fishing. He looked for every opportunity to go fishing with his son, Ralph and friends.
Andrew was well known for being quite the jokester and always had you laughing. He loved good home-cooked meals and would even make some great southern dishes for the family to enjoy. His all time favorites though were banana pudding, ice cream, watermelon and chocolate. It was customary for him to be spoiling all the grandchildren with chocolates.
After retirement he attended Cosumnes River College where he took courses in automotive technology. This skill and knowledge enabled him to come to his children’s rescue and assist others on many occasions. He instilled in his children the principles of honesty, respect, trust, pride, responsibility, keeping promises, and helping others.
As a young boy Andrew was baptized into the Holiness faith. Later in his adult life he began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and was taking steps to apply what he was learning and to transition his faith before his demise.
Andrew is preceded in death by his son Gerald Wheeler; sisters Annie W. Boone, Frances Sharp, Evelyn Rollinson, Florence Moss, Janie Golden, and Ophelia Belcher; brothers Siemon Wheeler, Jimmy Jackson, and John T. Jackson; and his parents Andrew J. Wheeler Sr. and Estella Wheeler.
Andrew is survived by his wife of 61 years, Josette Wheeler; children Kaye Fullylove, Shirley (Ben) Da Rosa, Joyce Pennington, Ralph (Debra) Wheeler; daughter-in-law Aurora Wheeler; a host of grandchildren including Corey Stephen, Rodney Cooper, Shamariah Fullylove, Jamaal Fullylove, Kendene Fullylove, La Shaunda Concepion, Conrad Bell, Serena Da Rosa, Benjamin Da Rosa Jr., Aliciana (Tim) Lane, Torie Wheeler, Andree Wheeler, and a host of great grandchildren; his sister Mary W. Green; and numerous nephews and nieces including Bernard (Gloria) Green, Margaret G. Patterson, Donna Green, Milton Radford (Michelle) Boone, and Shani Boone.
Due to COVID 19, a private service will be held on December 17, 2020. Andrew is greatly loved and missed by his family and friends.


  • Benjamin DaRosa Jr says:

    His favorite chicken man will miss him dearly. This ain’t goodbye. It’s I’ll see you later. Love Benny D.

  • Shirley Da Rosa says:

    You will forever be in our hearts until we see you again💞 John 5:28,29 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”John 5:28, 29

  • Mikey says:

    I will never forget the time you took me and lil ben fishing. You will be missed.

  • Darlene DeLorenzi says:

    Someday we will going fishing 🎣 called catcher release

  • Julie Green says:

    He was a very good friend of my late father’s while in France. I will always remember our families had together. REST IN PEACE MR. WHEELER

  • Cindy Ink says:

    My American cousin, My grand’daddy Wheeler… I miss you so much… I never forget you, your jokes, your smile, your French answer when I ask you “how are you?” … For the rest of my life… Rest in peace and I love you Wheeler 💙

  • Pam Osuna says:

    I remember growing up at Mather Air Force Base and you were my babysitter. Every good morning was with a beautiful smile. You introduced me to one of my favorite breakfast dish Grits. To this day I still love eating grits. Rest In Peace – Love The Osuna Family

  • Ink Jacky says:

    What good mélodies with you and the whole family in Bruley (F) IN Bitburg (D).. you made us laugh with your French accent… despite the miles that separate us I often think of my American family… rest in peace wheeler.

  • Shirley Gulley says:

    I never met you, but look forward to a time when your daughter, my friend Shirley, will introduce me to you in the coming paradise. What joy that will bring!

  • Karen Lynch says:

    You and Josette raised an amazing family. I personally know Shirley, LaShaunda, and Andree. They are beautiful people inside and out. May God’s love surround you all “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1.

  • Maria Desenna Lopes says:

    I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting your Dad, Shirley. But, As I read the comments testifying to his wonderful nature, I wish I had just to hear him speak French! Stories from Family and friends will keep his memory alive. Love you.

  • Phyllis Watson says:

    What fond memories I have of meeting Mr. Wheeler, and his family back in the 70’s when they first moved to our neighborhood. I went to school with his daughters, Joyce and Shirley and feel a part of the family even to this day. I look forward to seeing Mr. Wheeler again-at a time when there will be no more tears, mourning, pain or death (Revelation 21:4).

  • Christine. Mastainich says:

    I can see your fine qualities in your daughter Shirley l really love her and it won’t be long before we will see our live ones in paradise we have all lost someone but to know they are resting and waiting to be ressurrected is so comforting revelation 21:3,4 so blessed to be a part of Jehovahs organ Look forward to seeing you in paradise much love christine mastainich

  • Michael & Aleta Thames says:

    Dear Family of Mr. Wheeler, the Thames family are very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy he has left with his family who loved him so much. May you all have the peace of Jehovah knowing that he is at rest. May our dear Sister Wheeler find comfort in the love you all show her until we all have the pleasure of the new world.

  • Joyce Rensch-Love says:

    I didn’t have an opportunity to meet Mr. Wheeler. The comments show me where Shirley’s kindness and generosity comes from. (I met Shirley’s sister once, and she is just as kind and generous). I am looking forward to meet Mr. Wheeler at his resurrection. John 11:15

  • Jerry and Melissa says:

    So incredibly sorry for everyone’s loss of such a great man. Though we never got to meet him, we loved reading about his life. Looking forward to getting to know him in the near future.

  • Nanci Singleton says:

    Dear Shirley and family,
    My deepest condolences to your family. One of my favorite scriptures of comfort is Job 14:14, 15 because we know Jehovah longs to bring your loved one back. Thanks for sharing all of his wonderful qualities with us and what you learned from him.

  • Ernie & Krissi Galvez says:

    Dear Wheeler family,
    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your husband, father, & grandfather. We will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time. We hope that your fond memories bring you joy and comfort until our God of comfort welcomes him back into your arms again. Hang in there 💗 It’s just around the corner.

  • Davis Family says:

    I am so sad to hear about your loss. I look forward to meeting him in the future.

  • Rachel Martinez says:

    Jehovah is yearning for the day that he will call and your father/grandfather will hear him and answer. Job 14:14,15

  • Johnny Taylor says:

    I grew up knowing that my uncle was in the military and I enjoyed staying with Grandpa and Grandma Wheeler in South Carolina while he was away. The joy of knowing uncle Sonny and following in his footsteps of enlisting in the military ( Marine Corps) for 25 years. We are the lucky ones to have had the honor of crossing his path that has lasted a lifetime.

  • Charise Wilkes says:

    So long Mr. Wheeler see you soon.

    Jehovah God has promised: And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away Revelation 21:4.

    Sing out with joy of heart! You too can have a part. Live for day when you’ll say “Life without end, at last”

  • Donna Green says:

    There was no one like Uncle Sonny, a very humorous character, will be greatly missed.

  • Mary Green, sister says:

    I love you for being my brother, I will miss you so much and always in my heart, until we meet again God keeps us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.

  • Bernard Green says:

    Uncle you will truly be missed i remember you driving your family from California to Alderson S. C. In the early 70s met every one then and never forget them or you never had the pleasure of getting to California but i thought of you guy’s a lot REST IN PEACE

  • Margaret G. Patterson, Niece says:

    2 Corinthians 5 & 8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. My (our) Dearest Uncle Sonny…, it’s so HARD to say goodbye to yesterday!!! You Served this Country Well…, A Solid Solider you were, you made the family Proud! Thank you for that. A Solider in Jehovah’s Army now and forever MORE! I’m reminded of the Wonderful time when Kayla and I visited you, Aunty Jo and y’alls family and the fantastic time we had there in Sacramento, CA. Oh how the MEMORIES LINGER! I’ll FOREVER hold on to the Fun Times we had when you’d visit S.C. Mom’s going to miss her trips to Sacramento!! There’s so much to be said about you, Space will not permit. I remember vividly when you brought your family to S.C. for the very first time to visit. We had so much FUN!!! Definitely a trooper of a husband, father and beyond!!! Oh the MEMORIES…., how they LINGER!!! I’m going to miss you so VERY MUCH!!! I LOVED YOU IN LIFE AND EVEN MORE IN DEATH. I LOVE YOU BEYOND MEASURES AND YOU ALWAYS KNEW IT!!! You’ve earned YOUR WINGS AND I BELIEVE YOU CAN/ARE FLYING NOW!! Rest In Peace until that Great getting up Morning fare ye well.Your Niece, Miss. Margaret.

  • Milton R Boone says:

    An Uncle provides guidance on life’s journey and they’re always available when a nephew calls. That’s what I remember about my Uncle Sonny – he had a unique way of lighting up the room with his humor and smile. I’m so grateful 🙏🏾 for his presence in my life. Will cherish the memories forever. Rest in peace until we meet again.

  • Debbie Chavez says:

    Shirley and Ben
    The service was so nice your brother did an amazing job. I did not know your dad but the talk your brother gave made him so real as if I was meeting him for the first time. He sounds like an awesome dad , husband. A good man. And knowing you Shirley the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.can’t wait to meet him one day soon.

  • Greg Gregory says:

    I worked with Andy at McClellan AFB
    From 1979to 1998. I loved him like a older Brother, he always was there with a good joke , he was one person I looked up to. I remember talking to him about his age once , he told me , if you’re lucky live as long .

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