Macon County Chronicle

Wreck Claims Life of RBS Man

A one vehicle wreck, in Red Boiling Springs, claimed the life of 50-year-old Jeff Wheeler, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

According to a report filed by Trooper Justin Cobble, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Mr. Jeff Wheeler was driving a blue 1997 Chevrolet Silverado truck northbound on Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs. His vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, and crashed into a ditch. Mr. Wheeler was unrestrained at the time of the wreck.

The report states that when paramedics arrived, they attempted to resuscitate Mr. Wheeler, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene by the medical death investigator.

Funeral services for Jeffery Scott Wheeler were conducted on Saturday, May 22, at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, Tn. with Elder Ronnie Holland and Brother Derrick Meador officiating. Interment followed in the Sunrise Cemetery.

In a tribute to Jeff Wheeler, Mr. Wally Etheridge said that Jeff was an avid supporter of the Red Boiling Springs school, especially the football program. “Jeff served as president of the Quarterback Club for eight years and during the football season you could always find Jeff performing duties such as working the concession stand and working the chains during the game,” said Wally. “Jeff made sure that things were done right, although a lot of the work he did was the responsibility of others. He was often seen at basketball and baseball games supporting the kids at Red Boiling Springs.”

“There was a Pee Wee football program that Jeff and his brother, Tony, along with others, were instrumental in getting up and running,” said Wally. “The Pee Wee program worked with Coach David Phillips in Lafayette for a number of years, helping kids learn the rights and wrongs of what football teaches as a group.”

“Jeff always had a smile on his face and I truly believe the joy from helping kids, put that smile there,” added Wally. “He cared about the young people, and when it came to sports, no one helped the kids at Red Boiling Springs more than Jeff Wheeler.”