ONALASKA, Texas - Mark Steven Wheelis, 19, formerly of East Prairie and Chaffee, Mo., died at 4:40 p.m. June 2, 2003, in Onalaska, as the result of a drowning accident.
Born Sept. 19, 1983, in Charleston, Mo., son of Betty Ann Bolden of Charleston and William Glen Wheelis Jr. of Onalaska he attended East Prairie High School. He was a construction worker in Onalaska and member of the First Baptist Church in Chaffee.
Survivors in addition to his parents include: two brothers, Jonathan Wheelis of Charleston and Spencer Wheelis of Onalaska; two sisters, Jennifer Wheelis of Charleston and Cassandra Wheelis of Onalaska; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Barger of East Prairie; and aunts and uncles, including Maxine and Edgar Haney of East Prairie.
Visitation begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Rob Kespelher, pastor of the First Church of God of East Prairie, will officiate.
Burial will follow in East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery.