Savannah - Kenneth Ray "Bo" Wheeler, Jr., 52, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Ken was born on October 12, 1967, in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Kenneth Ray Wheeler and Linda Towns Wheeler. He attended Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, TN and then graduated with a degree in Health & Physical Education from Austin Peay State University. Ken married Tammy Hall on July 22, 2011. They live in Savannah, Georgia and have been married for 9 years.
Ken began his career at Lenoir City High School and Greenback School where he was able to follow his dream of coaching football, baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. After moving to Savannah in 2008, he became the Academic Director and Coach at Savannah Early College High School, where he continued coaching cross country and tennis. Ken loved football, especially any team that Peyton Manning played for and the Tennessee Volunteers. He also loved working with all of his students.
Surviving are his wife, Tammy Hall Wheeler; daughter, Kelsey Settler and husband, Kenny (Ellabell, GA); son, Kenneth Ray "Trey" Wheeler, III and wife, Angelika (Lenoir City, TN); mother, Linda Towns Wheeler (Lenoir City, TN); sister, Teresa Wheeler Holland (Franklin, TN); four grandsons, Ryan, Joey, Tobias, Tavin and one granddaughter, McKinley; niece, Morgan Holland and husband, Preston(Franklin, TN); Kelsey and Trey's mother, Cindy Latham (Friendsville, TN).
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel. Burial and graveside services will be held Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Lenoir City, TN.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The American Heart Association or The Alzheimer's Association in honor of Ken.
I loved Mr.Wheeler. He was the best health teacher I’ve ever had. As long as there was no paper work , he made sure class was enjoyable.
- Janasia Thompson, Savannah , Ga
He was a wonderful teacher to me and my peers. He’d make us laugh and was arguably the best teacher in the system. I’m so sorry for you loss! Condolences to his family, friends, and staff members.
- Johnazia Davis, Savannah, Georgia
Mr. Wheeler was my favorite teacher I really loved him and I’m gonna miss him so much I will keep him in my prayers and hope the family is alright as well
- Malaysia London, Savannah, Georgia
I’m sending my condolences to the family of Mr. Kenneth Wheeler. He will remain the top teacher of Savannah Early College high school. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. I thank God he was sent here to inspire, teach and care for us in this lifetime! May you all stay safe and I hope you all get well soon. Thank you for giving us Mr. Wheeler. <3
- Madison Moore, Savannah, Georgia
My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Wheeler, he was one of the best teachers at early college. He always would take things light heartedly, and the stories he would tell would always be funny. There was never a boring moment in his presents. I will miss his dearly, and him and family will always be in my prayers.God bless
- Yasmine Richardson, Savannah , Georgia
I only knew Mr.Wheeler for a year, my freshman year, but that man made a huge impact on my life. He would always play a heart touching story in the beginning of every class. He would share his stories with us, make us laugh and smile. He was a great teacher, a great man. I will miss him dearly. And I thank him for everything he taught me. <3
- Viviana, Richmondhill , Georgia
This is incredibly saddening for not only me but everyone in the SECHS family. I hope you knew what a great teacher and overall person you were. You made class more personal as you told us about yourself as your stories are ones that stick with me. With your jokes down to your diet coke obsession, class was always interesting with you. Your passing will be felt by all as you were one teacher everyone enjoyed. My prayers go out to your family as they have lost a kind spirit and God has gained one. You will be remembered!
- Lillian, Savannah, Georgia
My deepest condolences to the Wheeler family. He made my high school years so enjoyable and always had a smile on his face! As long as he ran his marathons and had his coke products he was good to go. Praying for his family and friends.
- Dipiksha Patel, Savananh , GA
I’m so sorry for your loss, I know he was held in your hearts throughout the years. He was one of the most memorable teachers I’ve had. I dont think I’ve fully processed this. My heart goes out to his son, his daughter and his wife. He would tell us so many funny stories about himself , But I knew he was ready to let go. I just never thought it would actually happen. He was basically the only reason school was enjoyable. Having his class the first of the day, being able to laugh and joke and talk with him and my classmates, It was always a beautiful to start off my day. If his death is hitting this hard for me I can’t imagine how it would hit for his loved ones. I really just can’t believe this. I hope you all are okay as you can be with what’s occurring and I want you to know, He is in a happier place. A place with no stress and no worrying about the troubles in the world. He’s free.
- Ma’Kayylah Dennis, Port Wentworth, GA
Deepest Prayers and Blessings To The Wheeler Family. Mr.Wheeler Was An Amazing Teacher And A Huge Asset To Savannah Early College. He Always Made Me Smile And Laugh With His Jokes And His Stories. There Was Never A Dull Moment With Him. He’ll Truly Be Missed.
- Kaleeuh Steele, Savannah, Ga
He was an amazing teacher mannn...He was my favorite teacher.He would tell us stories about him and his family .He was just so funny and cool to be around .When ever i had a bad day he would say " drink a coke it makes me feel better".He just was so chilll.Deepest condolences to Mr Wheeler family.
- destiny clarke, port wentworth , ga
Mr.Wheeler you made a huge impact in Savannah Early College and every student that had the honor of being in your class. You were fun, honest, and an amazing teacher to be around. My condolences to his family, but we hope you know how much of an impact he had on so many students in the Savannah area and he will be remembered.
- Destiny , Savannah, Ga
I don't have words for how much this loss has impacted me. Mr. Wheeler was the greatest teacher I could ever ask for. He was funny, kind, and was always will to help others. This loss has put a huge hole In my heart that can never again be filled. But I know his legacy will live on forever. I will miss seeing his face again, but I know he not only be watching over me, but all of Savannah Early High School. Thank you Mr.Wheeler My deepest condolences go to the Wheeler Family.
- Joshua West, Savannah , Georgia
Mr. Wheeler was more than a teacher to us. He was a mentor, a friend, and a calming familiar face. He was loving, caring and gentle with his words and manner. I will TRULY miss you Mr. Wheeler. You really were ONE in a MILLION!!
- Serah Clark (EC Family), Savannah, Ga
Mr. Wheeler was one of the coolest teachers I've ever had. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Thank you for blessing us with your presence, Mr Wheeler.
- Katie, Fairfield, OH
This came as a shock to me. Mr. Wheeler had the heart, soul & energy that made you feel like he was invincible. Even a class clown as I was, he never made you feel like you weren’t made for greatness. I will never forget 10/ 10/ 2010 as that was a running joke between him & all his students. Rest easy, Mr. Wheeler.
- Rah (Raheem), Bloomingdale , Ga
Mr. Wheeler was the heart and soul of SECHS. I’ll miss hearing him talk about his past, his walks, seeing him drink his diet cokes, make jokes with us, and him wearing his Tennessee sweatshirt and shorts. Mr. Wheeler will be deeply missed.
- Sydney H, Savannah, GA
My deepest condolences goes out to his family. Mr. Wheeler was an excellent teacher. By far my favorite at EC. He was always there to cheer my day up with laughs and snacks. I’m very thankful to this day that he helped me get through my high school years and very blessed I had a teacher like him. Me. Wheeler will be missed.
- Keely, Lawrenceville, Ga
To the family of a wonderful man and a devoted teacher, my heart felt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. And I know for the staff and students of the Savannah Early College High School he will be greatly missed.
- Dr. Gertrude Robinson, Savannah, Georgia
Mr.Wheeler and I had cafeteria duty togather he was always on time and friendly. He will truly be missed, may GOD BLESS the family.
- Linda Oatis Williams, Savannah, Georgia
He was such a kind person. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was a great teacher,I wish his family and friends nothing but my deepest condolences in their grief. I pray you all know how much of a great influence he had on so many people. He was a treasure.
- Kellie Oglesby, United Kingdom
My condolences go out to the Wheeler family. He always made Health class fun and dealt with all of our shenanigans. He was such a kind man who inspired many of his students. He will be missed dearly and we are praying for his family.
- Marie Skinner, Salado, Texas
I knew Kenneth Wheeler as Mr. Wheeler. A fantastic educator and mentor and made such an imprint on my high school experience. He was my favorite teacher freshman year and one of the reasons I actually looked forward to class each morning. My condolences and prayers are with your family in these unfortunate times. It’s deeply saddening to me that we have lost such a good one. May he rest in peace. He will be truly missed!
- Bailey Price, Thunderbolt, GA
- Bailey, Thunderbolt, GA
I’m so sorry to Mr.Wheeler’s family. He is such a great person and the best teacher at Savannah Early College. I’m honored to have him as a teacher and having so much fun in his class. I will miss him, and I’m certain everyone else will. Condolences to his whole family.
- Moises Vera, Pooler , Georgia
Mr. Wheeler was an awesome teacher that always did his best to make health class enjoyable despite not having an actual gym to go to! He will be greatly missed and future students don’t know what they are missing out on. Rest In Peace Mr. Wheeler.
- Julia Watson , Savannah, Ga
Mr Wheeler was an amazing teacher and my life has been changed by being in his class this semester. I will miss seeing him and his teaching. My family is praying for his family and will keep them in our prayers.
- Cassandra Cates, Savannah , Georgia
I send out my condolences to the family of Mr. Wheeler. The loss of Mr. Wheeler will greatly effect the SECHS family. He was a truly amazing teacher who made sure his class was comical and enjoyable. He was always sharing about his journeys through life, many of which were funny.He was a great person to talk to cheer up your day. I think everyone who knew Mr.Wheeler could agree that whenever you saw Mr.Wheeler you saw a Diet Coke in his hand. The family and friends of Mr. Wheeler will be in my prayers.
- Makaila, Savannah, Georgia
Mr. wheeler was one of my favorite teachers. I’m sending my condolences to his family, and may God continue to bless each and everyone of you!
- Alayah Grant, Savannah , Georgia
Mr.Wheeler was and still is my favorite health teacher I’ve ever had. He always found a way to make class humorous and interesting.
- Neshon Scott, Savannah , Georgia
Dear Tammy, Kelsey, and family, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
- Kathleen Mahoney Taylor, Savannah, GA
On behalf of the class of 2020 at Savannah Early College High School, we would like to send our condolences to the family of our fallen angel Mr. Wheeler. He was the light and spirit of our school and we will forever cherish the memories we shared with him in class. May his soul be at peace and we will continue to pray for the family and friends that loved him just as much as we did. Yours Truly - C/O 2020 You Lights that will continue to shine ❤️
- C/O 2020 , Savannah, Ga, GA
Mr. Wheeler was a great man that truly cared about his students, one of the best teachers at SEC. Sending my condolences to the family.
- S.P, Atlanta, GA
Heartfelt condolences to all of the family. Prayers that God will give you strength to help you through this sad and difficult time.
- Angela Rahn, Savannah, GA
Mr. Wheeler will be missed. I've had the opportunity to meet him a couple times and he had a heart of gold. My prayers go out to the family.
- Classie Patterson, Richmond Hill, Georgia
We are so sad to hear about this! May God's peace be with all of you!
- Norman/Trisha Burakowski, Saint Marys, Georgia
Mr.Wheeler was an incredible PE Coach, always smiling and spreading joy. May he rest in peace, my condolences to his family.
- Riddhi Patel, Savannah, Georgia
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Andy and Robin
- Robin Horne, Iva, SC
Tammy and Kelsey, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God gives you comfort and strength during this difficult time.
- Brenda Collins, Savannah, Georgia
My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Wheeler. He was such a wonderful teacher and I feel blessed to have known him and to have been taught by him. He loved us so much and always made sure class was fun! He was full of so much joy. He will be truly missed. You all will continue to be in my prayers. God bless.
- Jorlian Jimenez, Memphis, TN
Tammy, I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this heartbreaking time. I pray that God will give you strength, peace and understanding that only He can do. He will be by your side always. I love you! Vee
- Vee McIntosh, Dewy Rose, GA
My sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Wheeler. While I attended Savannah Early College from 2010-2014, he was always a joy to be around and made school enjoyable. He always had a good joke, loved his Coke and peanuts, and always had a good spirit. May your spirit live on with your family and Savannah Early College.
- Jovan Irving, Savannah , Georgia
Tammy I am so very sorry for your lost . I know the emptiness and hurt you feel because two years ago my dear husband passed. Please know that God will strengthen and bring you through this. If you need to talk please call me. Much love and prayer for you Tammy.
- Dr Shirley Eason , Savannah , Georgia
Linda & Terri, I am so sorry to learn about Beau’s passing. I will forever remember our carpools and neighborhood adventures. May God comfort you and provide you with the peace that only He can. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Patti
- Patti McBride Sigmon, Lenoir City, TN
A small group of dedicated educators signed on to a very big, very new, and very out of the box idea years ago with the Gates Foundation - Ken was one of that small group, and out of that commitment grew Savannah Early College. Ken was a key part of those early years, and every year since, leaving a legacy of students. They remember him as a great teacher, most importantly because he sincerely cared about them. I am grateful to have worked with Ken as a part of those early years, and send my deepest condolences to his family and the SECHS community in this time of loss.
- Anne Weisel, SAVANNAH, GA
I offer my deepest condolences to the family during this time of bereavement. Mr. Wheeler definitely was a light to the SECHS family. His sense of humor and charisma definitely made it hard to not deem him among the most favorable teachers for most. Having his class during certain semesters served as a “break” from the stresses of normal day to day “high school.” Hearing the infamous “Meet me out Front!” definitely will forever ring through the walls of SECHS and in our hearts. May you rest in eternal peace Mr. Wheeler, job well done sir.
- H. Taylor, Jr., Savannah , GA
Mr Wheeler was truly one of the best teachers I have ever had. He was always there for his students and we knew that if we needed anything we could go to him. One of the best people I have ever met. He was truly a gift and will be missed. My condolences and blessings go out to his family.
- Chloe Screen, Savannah , Georgia
We send our deepest condolences, and pray that God will give you all the strength to process they lost of Mr. Wheeler. He will truly be missed by my son Cahlil and myself Ms. Shannon Middleton.
- Student(Cahlil Gadson)& Mom, Savannah, Ga
May God bless the Family! Coach Wheeler was truly a GREAT man. I will always remember our many conversations and coaching cross-country. I will also remember how he was a TRUE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER FAN!!!...REST IN PEACE...MY FRIEND!!!!
- Timothy Jordan, Savannah, Ga
Tammy & Family, Our thoughts, love, hugs and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
- Sue & Mike Svoboda, Savannah, GA
We have lost a Bus Ramp Buddy - Mr. Wheeler was part of our crew that monitored the Bus Ramp during morning duty at school. He along with Sgt. Tisdale, SRO Muhammad and I were the core of our crew. We could talk about anything from school, politics, sports and yes, even religion. We all had great respect for each other's opinions and often shared the same views. Unfortunately for us, God needed Mr. Wheeler to handle one last duty. Little did we know that leaving for Spring Break would be our last conversation. He has received more than a spring break. He has received his final call. We salute you sir and pray God's blessing upon your family. We shall never forget the laughter, the fun, and even the gnats as we weathered the daily elements. As you look down upon us, just know that we enjoyed your company, but God's company is so much better. Rest in Eternal Peace my Brother from another Mother. Tim Sheppard on behalf of the Bus Ramp Buddies!
- Timothy Sheppard, Savannah, GA
All our family are remembering all of you in our prayers! We love you!
- Emily S. Brown, Hartwell , GA 30643
Mr. Wheeler was one of the best teachers I had in any school. Every class was fun and enjoyable. I will always remember him for his humor and kind heart. He’s impacted my life in more ways than he’ll ever know. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Wheeler’s family. I truly feel blessed and honored that Mr. Wheeler was a part of my life.
- Aaliyah Scott , Savannah , GA
Mr. Wheeler was a man of many talents. But to me, he changed my outlook on the school. He showed me the world of cross country and enjoyed every moment of it. One thing he will be remembered is his happy go lucky outlook on his teaching skills and his love of Diet Cokes. I will miss him for the training sessions in the heat and humidity. I will keep him in my heart. May thoughts and prayers reach his family and friends.
- Rameses Bucay, Savannah, GA
I knew Ken through the marriage of our children, Kelsey and Kenny. Sadly, I have to admit we didn't know each other that well. He was always nice and generous, and entertained us in his home a few times. He and Kelsey were very close, and I know she is hurting terribly, as is Tammy. He will be missed for sure. You are in my prayers and intentions. I just wanted to stop and comment on all the testimonies here by his students. One of the greatest deeds we can do while on Earth, is to make a difference in the life of a child. It seems Ken did that every day, with teenagers no less. Job well done sir. Rest easy Ken. (cant believe Im gonna say this) - GO VOLS!!
- steve stettler, savannah, GA
We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.
- Karen and David Kee, Athens, Georgia
This has truly been a shock to me as I am lost for words of the passing of one my favorite high school teachers Mr. Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler carried his own easy going charisma and it stuck out to everyone. There was nobody like Wheeler. As being in his home room for 3 years I can always count on him for advice, a stress free atmosphere, a laugh, and plenty of coke cans Lol! You will truly be missed Mr. Wheeler fly high!❤️
- JaQuandra R, PortWentworth , Ga
Tammy, I am sending healing prayers. As you go through this difficult time, remember that you are so loved.
- Becky Kirkconnell , Sav, Ga
Mr. Wheeler was one of those teachers you never forget, there was never a dull moment in his class and his personality was always shining. He will be missed greatly, condolences to his family, friends and all others who knew him.
- Victoria, Savannah, Ga
- Davidrig, Baghdad, Iraq