Willie Jean Mims-Wheeler has been a nurse for the past 36 years, dedicated to compassionate care of her patients, their families and committed to serving her community. A graduate of Tyler Jr. College’s Licensed Vocational Nurse Program, she has held positions in her nursing career that include: Director of Nursing; Assistant Director of Nursing; Nurse Training Coordinator; and, Unit Nurse Manager. She recently retired as a Charge Nurse at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tyler, Texas, where she applied her expertise in resident assessment, supervision of subordinate staff, and collaborating with hospice care services. She currently works part-time at Reunion Plaza as a Charge Nurse. In support of her profession, she serves as secretary for both the National Diagnosis Association and Black Nurses Rock, Tyler, Texas.
Within her community, Willie Jean devotes her energies and interests in support of an array of positive community organizations. She is a member of NAACP Tyler Local Chapter #6232 and holds the role of assistant secretary and co-chair of Women in NAACP (W.I.N.). She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star #55 of the Rose City Civitan Club, the Phillip Randolph Institute, the Divine Divas Motorcycle Club, and the Rose City Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, for which she is also secretary. Additionally, she is a member of ECTX Komen Board of Directors.
Willie Jean attends North Tenneha Church of Christ, under the ministry of Bro. Edward Robinson, and serves as a member of the ministry’s Health Care and Baptism teams. The daughter of the late Les and Robbie Ferguson, Willie Jean was born August 1st in Overton, Texas. Before attending Tyler Junior College, she graduated from John Tyler High School where she participated in the school’s book and music club.
Willie Jean is married to Willie Cardell Wheeler and they have four children – La-Sonia West, Broshell Ford, Crystal and Markieth Wheeler – and six grandchildren – Jalen, Jada, Christian, Jazmine, Elizabeth, and TJ.