Welcome to the
memorial page for
Phillip Wheeler Jr.
May 25, 1957
~ September 12, 2020
Phillip Wheeler Jr., age 63 of Long Branch, departed this life on Saturday September 12, 2020. He was born and raised in Long Branch, NJ to the late Phillip Wheeler Sr. and Delia Johnson. He attended the Long Branch Public School system where he was a student, athlete, ran track and wrestled.
In his early young years Phillip started working at Monmouth Medical Center in the housekeeping department and loved helping others. He became a Security Guard where he excelled at his job and was honored by being the Assistant Security Director. He was a very humble gentle Giant. If you came through the Main Entrance of Monmouth Medical Center regardless if you were a staff member, patient or just someone going to eat breakfast from the cafeteria you were greeted with that infectious smile and giggle. He loved handing out a free parking pass and trust me if you received one from him you knew you were special! He would always have time to have a little conversation with anyone.
In his younger years Phillip was part of the Black informers, this was an organization of young Black men who helped out in the community of Long Branch. These young fellas would put together bus rides, softball games, barbecues and help the young people stay out of trouble. He was known for his role as being a great leader and brother who made sure everyone was always alright.
Phillip loved his children and grandchildren. On any evening or weekend if you were looking for Phillip, he was either at the track of dining out with one of his buddies; especially eating a hoagie sandwich from Fine Fare during his lunch break. He loved attending his grandson Phillip (PJ) Wheeler's basketball games where him and his late brother Clinton were the loudest in the cheering squad!
He worked at St. Barnabas/Monmouth Medical Center for 43 years. Phillip was truly loved by every healthcare, cafeteria, housekeeping and hospitality member in the building. In his honor the flag was flown at half-staff. This just shows you who Mr. Phillip Wheeler Jr. was, his character and mannerism spoke volumes.
Phillip was predeceased by his father Phillip Wheeler Sr., mother Delia Johnson, sisters Beatrice Lassiter, Patricia Johnson, Ruby Wheeler, Phyllis Wheeler, Nancy Wheeler and Marlene Wheeler, brothers Leon Johnson and Clinton Wheeler.
Phillip is survived by his sons Phillip Wheeler III of Eatontown, NJ, Orville Murray (Debbie) of Winter Garden, FL and Shawn Murray of Old Bridge; daughters Nicole Foster (Justin) of Fishers, IN and Michelle Brown (Dwight) of South Plainfield, NJ; grandchildren Tieona Wheeler, Phillip (PJ) Wheeler, Daiseyanna Wheeler, Darwin Foster, Caron Foster, Olivia Foster, London Foster, Arianah, Shyohn, Bellah, Jada, Biatta, Shawn Jr., and Khailani; brother Benjamin Wright of Orlando, FL; sisters Pamela Walley of Alabama and Betty Wedner of Long Branch as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.