Charles Wheeler, 61, counseled alcoholics


Charles Yandes Wheeler III, who worked in several fields and devoted much of his spare time in recent years to counseling others wrestling with alcoholism, died Nov. 29 of lung cancer at Veterans Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 61.

He joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1973 and had been active in the organization since.

"Sober for the last 20 years, he spent an enormous amount of time the last 10 years helping alcoholics. It was probably his main activity," said his brother, Luke Marbury of Baltimore. "He remained until his death a faithful member of AA and was dedicated to helping others as he had been helped."

Mr. Wheeler's most recent job was as a staff member and claims processor for Baltimore lawyer G. Denmead LeViness, who died in 1992.

During the early 1970s, Mr. Wheeler was a construction foreman for P & Z Mergentime and worked on the building of the Washington Metro subway.

Earlier, he was a newspaper reporter for several years -- in Chicago in the late 1950s, then for the Baltimore News-Post, subsequently the News American, and for The Sun in the early 1960s. Also in the 1950s, he was a management trainee for Maryland National Bank.

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Charles Yandes Wheeler, who died in 1933, and Natalie Ingraham Jewett, who married William L. Marbury of Baltimore in 1935. Mr. Marbury, considered the dean of the Maryland bar and senior partner of the Baltimore firm of Piper & Marbury, died in 1988.

Mr. Wheeler was educated at the Gilman School, Episcopal High School and Polytechnic Institute.

After serving in the merchant marine from 1951 to 1953, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Korea. He was discharged in 1956 with the rank of sergeant.

His marriage to the former Joyce Raffaelle ended in divorce.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

In addition to his brother, survivors include two sisters, Anne M. Wyatt-Brown of Gainesville, Fla., and Susan Marbury of Baltimore; and several nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to the Marbury Fund, c/o St. Paul's School for Girls, Brooklandville 21022.

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