Dawson Waylon Wheeler

dawson wheeler

November 12, 2002 ~ December 20, 2022

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Dawson Waylon “Bullet” Wheeler, 20, of Candler, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Born November 12, 2002 in Buncombe Co., Dawson was a son of Daisy Strong and Larry Wheeler, Jr.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Sandra Strong; brothers, Dustin Strong and Dale Burleson; sister, Samantha Hixon and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dallas Strong.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to the funeral home to help with the expenses.


Funeral Service: December 29, 2022 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Your smile, your laugh and all that you are will be missed by anyone who new you.
    Wrapping my arms around all who are hurting for you.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys throughout this painful time. May God comfort you Daisy, and your entire family. Words don’t seem sufficient to express how terrible I feel for you all. I am here if you need me, please don’t hesitate if I can do anything at all to help shoulder your sorrow. May Dawson rest in peace.

  3. From one broken hearted to another, I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. My hearts breaks for you as I know exactly how you feel. If there’s ever a time I can offer a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or a simple conversation from someone who knows exactly how you feel, please reach out. GOD BLESS YOU.

  4. Daisy, Sandra and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I pray that God holds you close and carries you through this, as only He can. Please know if there is anything at all you need, please let me know. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, LOVE leaves memories no one can steal. All our love and prayers,
    Keisha & Chris Chambers

  5. I thoughts and prayers goes out to Daisy strong and her family we pray you find some kind of understanding and purpose in this our heart goes out to you

  6. I’m sounding this book for Pete Daisy he wanted you to know that he’s so sorry for your loss and he really hates this for you and he’s definitely been praying for you

  7. Larry, Samantha and Dustin
    We love you all so much. No words can say how much our hearts hurt for you. I remember Dawson as a little boy playing football in my yard with Trent & Dustin, spending the night at our house. And most recently as a young man visiting with Larry. Such a beautiful child and a tragic loss. You are all in our prayers

  8. Daisy and Larry I can’t imagine how you feel right now. I am so sorry for your loss. You guys are in my prayers.

  9. Daisy.Larry and Family,
    My heart is breaking for all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m still in complete shock! There are so many great memories of Dawson that will be cherished forever! I love you all, I’m here if you need anything!

  10. My heart breaks for everyone, There was something special about Dawson, I could see it as I watched him grow into the handsome young man he was. All my love

  11. Larry, Samantha, Dustin, Daisy & Dale,
    No Words can ease your pain but please know YA’LL are in my thoughts and prayers and if y’all need anything please don’t hesitate to call me or Tyler. I will never EVER forget the first time me & my family met Dawson he was just a little thing outside playing in the yard and our son Tyler asked can I go play with him and ever since that day Dawson, Dustin and Tyler all grew a bond that was tight like brothers. Dawson was the type of person he could get along with just about ANYONE. He sure did have that silly but lovable way about him and he was full of life. If he knew someone was having a bad day he would give that look and say something funny to where they would crack a smile. DAWSON WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN IN MY FAMILY. Till we meet again.
    Crystal, Tyler, & Tazz

  12. When we leave our Heavenly Father in the pre-existence and are borne unto our Earthly Mother and Family to love and be loved , we are borne with a “pre-determined” purpose.
    The Lord in his Mighty wisdom and compassion does not take away a Life, to cause grief and pain,
    But HE will call for that Life (HIS heavenly child) to return to HIM and the Heavenly Kingdom when the purpose has been fulfilled, whatever it may be.
    This may feel cruel with no rhyme or reason, creating sadness and a deep abyss of pain because it did not happen in our desired time or way.
    This, I believe is a test of our faith and trust in HIM, accepting that our Heavenly Father does not give to cruelly take away, and through our faith knowing Heavenly Father will re-unite us for all Eternity at a later day.
    In all the memories I have read, it appears that Dawson, brought something positive and joyful into all who had the privilege of knowing him in the short time he was with you. His life seemed to have had “purpose” and perhaps in his death there is yet a “greater purpose” to be fulfilled.
    I also had a son killed at the age of 17 yrs. and Christmas of 2021 the death of one of my daughters, before that my older brother and husband and a father I never grew up knowing, MIA/WWII. So death and separation are not strangers to me, and the solitude I get to ease my pain is my Faith.
    I once asked my Heavenly Father, with tears in my eyes from a brutal beating, which was “normal” in my childhood; “God why did you borne me into this life”? And what I believe I heard was: “Because I knew you were strong enough to survive it” where the others may not …

  13. My baby boy I’m so sorry for NOT being the mother I should have been for you and your siblings. I wish I could start over and change the choices I made in my own life that helped with destroy your precious life that you so deserved. I will forever be heart broken until I find a way to fix things . Hope you know how truly sorry & stupid I am for not making the right choices in my own life which caused you & you brothers a life you didn’t deserve to have to look through & now a 1 less good looking young man in this family. I’ll never forget you or stop loving you & I hope that someday I can see you again. Love always., Momma.

  14. Daisy and all the family, I am so sorry for all of this. I can’t say that I know how you feel, but I can say, I understand losing a loved one. You’re always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all ♥️♥️♥️

  15. Samantha and your children and Dustin. I’m sorry for y’all’s loss. I have y’all in my thoughts and prayers. Gone but not forgotten. He will always be looking out for y’all.

  16. Daisy, Larry jr,and family – I can’t even imagine what your going through and I am so so sorry for your loss of your sweet Dawson! I love you and I am here if you need me.❤️

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