WHEELER, JOYCE RAY, of Birmingham, AL died November 2, 2012. She was born January 4, 1926 to Charles Andrew and Nancy Faulkner Ray in Rocky Hill, KY. After graduating from Campbellsville College, she married Ruric E. Wheeler, also of Rocky Hill. They lived in Lexington, KY and Tallahassee, FL before settling in Birmingham, where they lived until January 2012. Joyce completed a bachelor's degree from Samford University. She was an active member of Ruhama Baptist Church and then Shades Mountain Baptist Church, where she taught the Love Sunday School Class for many years. She was active in Round Table, Samford Faculty Women's Club, and Samford Auxiliary. Joyce and Ruric enjoyed entertaining Samford faculty and friends in their home and at their farmhouse in Chilton County. Her hobbies included quilting, traveling, and reading, and in all seasons of her life she had a bevy of children she loved and prayed for. In the past few years, she enjoyed writing her memories for Our Senior Times. Survivors include Joyce's husband of 66 years, Ruric; sons, Ed (Claire) Wheeler of Barnesville, GA and Paul (Joy Gooch) Wheeler of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Aaron (Sabreena Delhon) Wheeler of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jodi (Jon) Toppen of Atlanta, GA, Brooke Wheeler of Durham, NC, Kate (David) Rivard of Midlothian, VA, and Mark Wheeler of Austin, TX,; and great-grandchildren, Natalie Toppen and Zachary Toppen of Atlanta. The family will greet friends from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, prior to the memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, Samford University, or Shades Mountain Baptist Church.