Swannanoa Stories

Buncombe County and WWC Honor Swannanoa Resident Billy Edd Wheeler

Billy Ed WheelerSwannanoa’s own talented country boy, Billy Edd Wheeler, celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 9. Billy Edd graduated from Warren Wilson Junior College in 1953 and went on to become an award-winning songwriter, playwright, author and artist. He has received 13 awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Elvis, Judy Collins, Neil Young and many other artists. The songs include “Jackson,” “The Rev. Mr. Black,” “It’s Midnight” and “Coal Tattoo.” Billy Edd is also the author of a dozen plays and several humor books. To read more about Billy Edd and his remarkable career, visit

During Billy Edd’s birthday celebration at Warren Wilson College, a proclamation was presented from County Commission Chair David Gantt declaring December 9, 2012, “Billy Edd Wheeler Day” in Buncombe County. Billy Edd and his wife Mary continue to make their home in Swannanoa.

Congratulations and happy belated birthday Billy Edd!