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George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr.

George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr., ca. 1970

Name:  George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr.

Date:  ca. 1970

Image Number:  AWPB01cdAWPB01

Comments:  George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr., was born on July 12, 1928 in Schuyler, Virginia.  He was the son of William Ira Wheeler (b. 1871) and Julia Etta (Goin) Wheeler (b. 1882).  In the 1940 U.S. Federal Census of Albemarle County, Virginia, George was 12 years old and residing with his parents and 3 siblings (Percy Wheeler, Marie Wheeler, and Lydia Wheeler) on Alberene Road in the Scottsville Magisterial District.

On July 16, 1946, 18-yr. old George Bledsoe Wheeler registered for the U.S. military draft and listed his home as Schuyler, VA.  George also stated on that document that he was currently employed by the U.S. Rubber Plant in Scottsville, VA.  George would work for the U.S. Rubber Company, later called the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company, for 45 years as a precision machinist.  George also served as Deacon in the Scottsville Baptist Church and as a member of the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a hard worker and enjoyed building, renovating, fishing, and gardening.

George Bledsoe Wheeler quietly married Elma Lucinda Baird on 1 January 1952 in the home of Scottsville's Methodist Minister, Reverend J.E. Daniels.  George and Lucinda moved to the home he had purchased before their marriage in the 'Paulett Town' area of Scottsville.  They became the parents of four children (Pamela Wheeler, Sue Wheeler, Roberta Lynn Wheeler, and George Bledsoe Wheeler, Jr.).

George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr., passed away in Charlottesville on December 20, 2018, and is buried at Scottsville Cemetery in Scottsville, VA.

To learn more about George Bledsoe Wheeler, Sr. and Elma Lucinda (Baird) Wheeler, please read the following article written by their daughters, Sue Wheeler Ruddock and Pam Wheeler Breeden, which appeared in the Scottsville Monthly, January 20, 2012:

Secretly Married But It's Lasted 60 Years!
By Sue Wheeler Ruddock and Pam Wheeler Breeden
Scottsville Monthly, January 20, 2012

Most people in Scottsville know Lucinda Wheeler as a forthright, honest person, willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in, and unafraid to speak her mind.  It wasn't always so.

In the fall of 1950, teenager Lucinda lived in Maryland with her sister, Elsie and Elsie's husband, Nicholas, and visited her mother in Buckingham every few weeks.  Bernard Powell, a friend of George Wheeler, introduced George to the lovely young girl on one of those visits.  Whether it was love at first sight, we don't know, but George began visiting Lucinda in Maryland and while at a parade amid the floats and fire engines on July 4, 1951, asked her to marry him.  The engagement ring came in August.  Both came from very large families (13 and 9 siblings).  It would have been a huge wedding if the family alone attended but on January 1, 1952, the two found the home of the Methodist minister, the Reverend Daniels, on Harris Street in Scottsville and were quietly married.  Then they both resumed their respective pre-marriage lives in Maryland and Scottsville without telling a soul.

Elma Lucinda Baird and George Bledsoe Wheeler,
who were married on January 1, 1952.

George had already purchased a home in Scottsville in the new "Paulett Town" so he'd have a home to bring his bride to - whenever they got up the courage to tell everyone their secret.  Ah, but young love won't be denied.

One weekend about a month after their secret elopement, George visited Lucinda and her sisters in Maryland, and the group went to a dance.  George and Lucinda went outside together - not at all respectable behavior in the eyes of at least one sister, Temple, who "lit into Lucinda."  Unable to bear the reprimand, the truth was blurted out: Elma Lucinda Baird and George Bledsoe Wheeler were, in fact, married.  Of course, the sisters demanded proof, and a call was made, and the marriage certificate was located among Lucinda's belongings, and the couple's official "honeymoon" and sixty-year marriage began that night.

The couple moved into the Paulett Town home George had bought, and they lived there for more than 20 years.  In 1974, they moved into the beautiful native brick house - Cliff View - in the heart of Scottsville.  George was a precision machinist for Uniroyal/Goodrich in Scottsville for 45 years, but his talent and hobby was building and renovating their homes.  He was also a volunteer for the Scottsville Fire Department.

Lucinda was self-employed at Wheeler Beauty Salon, and she made every lady and gentleman who left the shop more lovely or handsome.  Lucinda volunteered for the Scottsville Rescue Squad and years later served on the Scottsville Town Council.  Both have been members of the Scottsville Baptist Church all their married life.

George and Lucinda Wheeler, 2012
In 2012, George Bledsoe Wheeler and Elma Lucinda Baird Wheeler
had been happily married for 60 years.

But even though their married life began in secret 60 years ago, its rewards are many and well known.  They have 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren - with one great grandson to be born April 2012.  Happy 60th anniversary, Lucinda and George!

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Top Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CD AWPB01
This photo of George Bledsoe Wheeler was provided courtesy of Thacker Brothers Funeral Home, Scottsville, VA; see: .

Second Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CD AWPB01>
This photo of George Bledsoe Wheeler's Gravestone at Scottsville Cemetery was provided courtesy of Find A Grave, Scottsville Cemetery, Albemarle County, VA.

Third Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CD AWPB01
This 1952 photo of George and Lucinda Wheeler was provided courtesy of Alison Wheeler and Pam Wheeler Breeden.

Fourth Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CD AWPB01
This 2012 photo of George and Lucinda Wheeler was provided courtesy of Alison Wheeler and Pam Wheeler Breeden.

1.  U.S. WWII Draft Cards, 1940-1947, George Bledsoe Wheeler, Registration Place: Schuyler, Albemarle County, VA; Registration Date: July 16, 1946.
2.  1940 U.S. Federal Census, Scottsville, Albemarle, Virginia; Roll: m-t0627-042; p. 11A; Enumeration District: 2-17.
3.  Certificate of Marriage, George Bledsoe Wheeler and Lucinda Elma Baird, Albemarle County, VA; #35484, 1 Jan. 1952; Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, VA; Virginia Marriages, 1936-2014; Roll: 101167881.
4.  "Secretly Married But It's Lasted 60 Years!" by Sue Wheeler Ruddock and Pam Wheeler Breeden; Scottsville Monthly, January 20-February 16, 2012; p. 8.
5.  Obituary, George B. Wheeler, Sr., Date of Death: Dec. 20, 2018;



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