Barbara Wheeler Shook, age 85, of Cornelia, Georgia, peacefully departed on her heavenly flight on Sunday, February 4, 2024.

Mrs. Shook was born on June 13, 1938 in Habersham County, Georgia to the late Jim and Eula Mae Nations Wheeler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Shook; daughter, Sharon Kay McDuffie; brothers, Howard Wheeler, Johnny Wheeler, Donald Wheeler.

Barbara was a devoted Christian whose life was a testament to her faith. She dedicated herself to teaching children’s Sunday school classes in numerous churches over the years, always attending wherever she was needed. Her commitment to spreading the teachings of Christ extended beyond the walls of her local church, as she later taught Sunday school at Habersham Retreat. In addition to her teachings, she was a dedicated prayer warrior having impacted the lives of countless individuals with her dedication to lifting prayer. Driven by her desire to serve others, Barbara embarked on several mission trips with Get Real Ministries, bringing hope and assistance to communities in need; and also volunteered in her own community through Meals on Wheels. Her compassionate nature extended to her profession as a nurse, where she cared for many throughout her lifetime. Barbara served as a nurse at Fieldale Farms and Habersham Retreat, leaving a lasting impression on those she cared for. Her dedication to the nursing profession was evident in her service at various other locations, including Habersham Medical Center.

Throughout her life, Barbara held fast to her favorite saying, “This Too Shall Pass,” a mantra that encapsulated her resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. Her unwavering faith, coupled with her compassionate spirit, touched the lives of all who knew her.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Tammy McDuffie, of Baldwin; Dale and Cherri McDuffie, of Baldwin; Dan and Connie McDuffie, of Baldwin; Daryl and Lavenia McDuffie, of Fairview; special son, Stacy and Nathalie Wilkes, of Alto; step-children, Mike and Thelma Shook, Cathy Miller, Warren and Linda Shook, Lesae and Chris Bergeron; sister, Maeverie English, of Fairview; Patsy Roberts, of Fairview; brothers, Jimmy Wheeler, of Clayton; Henry Wheeler, of Demorest; Chester Wheeler, of Fairview; Skip Wheeler, of Fairview; grandchildren, Dustin McDuffie, Devin McDuffie, Adam Stanley, Daniel McDuffie, Dakoda McDuffie, Dachary McDuffie, Dainon McDuffie; great-grandchildren, Bency Stanley, Dylan McDuffie, Molly McDuffie, Elijah Price, Emma Price, Aaron Rabern; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2024 at the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel with Rev. Anthony Shore officiating. Interment will follow in the Baldwin City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church of one’s choice and for everyone to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Barbara’s last wish would be for her family and friends to come to know their Savior, Jesus Christ so they can meet Barbara again in Heaven.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Whitfield Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel at 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia 30511. Telephone: 706-778-7123.