Pastor Jim Wheatley of New Hope Baptist Church dies - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Pastor Jim Wheatley of New Hope Baptist Church dies

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Reverend Big Jim Wheatley, a force in the local pulpits and in community affairs for more than 40 years, passed away Sunday, April 20 at a local hospital. He was 82.

Pastor Wheatley served as the senior pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Alexandria for over 36 years. 

He graduated from high school in Winnsboro. He went on to attend Grambling State University. 

He also served as the chaplain of Huey P. Long Memorial Hospital until his health began to fail. 

He was noted throughout the city and across the state as “Big Jim Wheatley."

The funeral is scheduled for May 3rd, 2014. It will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alexandria.
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