Charles L. Wheatley passed away on June 3, 2021 at his home in Lakeland, Florida.

Charles was born in Syracuse, New York on November 5, 1933. He was a graduate of North Syracuse High School (1951), The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1959) and Syracuse University (1961) where he earned his Masters Degree in Education. Charles served in the U.S. Army as a Water Engineering Specialist in Germany. He then went on to become a high school biology teacher at North Syracuse Central School district for 28 years. Mr. Wheatley taught at both North Syracuse High School (1961-1967) and Cicero (CNS) High School (1967 to 1988).

Charles lived a life of passion and enthusiasm. He was a dedicated teacher to his students, children and grandchildren. Charles was committed to bringing awareness, appreciation and protection of the Monarch Butterfly. For many years he lived with his family on Oneida Lake and was a water, boating and outdoor enthusiast. Throughout his life he was passionate about exercising, living a healthy lifestyle and developing his spirituality through prayer, meditation, reading and attending the Episcopal Church. Most importantly, Charles was a passionate, loving and devoted husband to his wife, Beckie, of 62 years. He was always greatly appreciative of her love, care and understanding especially in his final years of life.

Charles was also a devoted and loving father to his daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Charles is predeceased by his parents Alice (Allen) Wheatley, Charles W. Wheatley and his sister Marilyn (Wheatley) Ward. He is survived by his loving wife, Blanche (Aldrich) Wheatley, his children, Theresa (Gary) Devennie, Lisa (Scott) Sammon, his grandchildren, Jeffrey (Erin) Devennie, Brian (Meredith) Devennie, Laura (Colton) Kelley and Keara Sammon, and his great grand children, Liam, Colin, Ella and Owen Devennie, and his brother, David (Carol) Wheatley and brother in law, Jimmy (Bev) Aldrich. We all feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful man in our lives.

There are currently no services planned. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.

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