John P. Wheeler was raised in Anniston, graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and then returned to his hometown, taking a job with his uncle at Anniston National Bank in 1953. Known also for his service to the community, Wheeler retired from his profession in 1995. He died Friday.

More than 20 percent of the county’s workforce and around $968 million in spending in 2015 depended either directly or indirectly on the depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness at McClellan and the Fort McClellan Army National Guard, the study shows.

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