What’s in a name? The Wheatmyer Music backstory.
Blog , Personal / November 22, 2017

(Original posting 1/1/2017) What’s the significance of the name WheatMyer? Glad you asked! Here’s the story: Wilmer Wallace “Jim” Myers was born September 2, 1914 to Catherine Isabel McMenis Myers and George Newton Myers. He was one of eight siblings. One of these, Velmer, died at age 18 in 1930. Loyce Lorraine Wheatley, oldest of three sisters, was born June 2, 1916 to Dolly Belle Arman Wheatley and Henry Ervin Wheatley. Loyce also lost a brother early, Bobbie Dean, who died at age 7 in 1930. Loyce and Jim were married on July 29, 1939 in Malvern, Ark., one month before Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Jim went to work as a projectionist at the Strand movie theater in Hot Springs, Ark. and Jim and Loyce later become operators of Henry’s drive-in theater, The Wheatley Drive-In. World War II interrupted Loyce and Jim’s plans when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Jim was inducted into the Army Air Force (predecessor to the Air Force) and was sent to Lake Charles, La. for basic training. Loyce, remaining in Hot Springs, was pregnant with their first son, James Wallace. Jim was transferred to Aloe Army Airfield in Victoria, Texas, joined by Loyce, and…