Our family chain was broken when our loved one, Will Lewis Wiley, Jr., passed on to eternal rest on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Franklin Parish Medical Center in Winnsboro, Louisiana.
Brother Will Wiley, Jr., was born on April 5, 1946, to the late Will Wiley, Sr., and Luticia Mickey Wiley. He was the oldest of eight children, four of whom preceded him in death. He was a member of New China Grove Baptist Church.
He attended Tensas Rosenwald Public School in St. Joseph, Louisiana. He joined the United States Army in 1966 and served until 1968. He continued in the Louisiana National Guard where he became a Sergeant until he retired in 1985. He was a farmer and an avid hunter. He was employed by the Department of Transportation and Development where he was a heavy equipment operator and later became a supervisor for 33 years. He retired in 2006.
Will met and married Rosie Lee Davis Wiley on June 30, 1968, who remained his loving and devoted wife until her death on August 30, 1990. To this union three children were born. On November 30, 1996, he married Irene Jefferson Wiley of Clayton, Louisiana; she passed away in April 2018.
He was preceded in death by his father Will Wiley, Sr., and his mother Luticia Mickey Wiley; two sisters, Helen Wiley Robinson and Mary Ann Wiley Rankins; two brothers, Robert Lee Wiley and Perry Wiley, Sr.; and his grandparents who reared him, Earnestine Ellis Wiley and David Wiley, Sr.
Will leaves to cherish his loving memory: two daughters, Joyce Wiley Owens (Terry Kent, Sr.) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rebecca Wiley-Samuel (Terrell, Sr.) of Shreveport, Louisiana; two sons, Michael Wiley, Sr., of St. Joseph, Louisiana, and Ronnie Moore, Sr., of New Orleans, Louisiana; three inherited children by marriage, Daisy Jefferson of Memphis, Tennessee, George Jefferson of Clayton, Louisiana, and Jerry Jefferson of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Edward Wiley (Shirley) of St. Joseph, Louisiana, and Thomas Scott of New Orleans, Louisiana; three sisters, Doris Wiley Phoenix, Vera Wiley Joseph, both of Bridge City, Louisiana, and Sherry Jean Edwards of Kansas City, Missouri; one uncle, Robert Lee Mickey of Chicago, Illinois; nine grandchildren, An-Gel, Terry, Jr., Michael, Jr., Trinity, Terrell, Jr., Charmayne, Ronnie, Jr., Rodney and Ronnisha; eight inherited grandchildren, Mary, Jeremiah, Alfreda, Alford, Silver, April, James, Jr., and Mya; one godchild, Stacy Wiley of Waterproof, Louisiana; three special sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.