Junior Lee Wiley

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Junior Lee Wiley, 85, of Piggott, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at General Baptist Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Campbell, Mo.

Junior was born June 26, 1926, to Claude E. and Gladies Parrish Wiley of Greenway. He graduated from Greenway High School, then served as a WWII Army veteran. He worked as an independent contractor and builder for 60 years. Junior and Gaye built and opened the Home for the Golden Years (now Murphy Health and Rehab Center) in 1963 with another Piggott couple and the Home of the Golden Years Nursing Home in Paragould in 1965.

Junior was a member of the American Polled Hereford Association while in the cattle business during the 1950s and into the 1970s. He served the city as a city councilman in the 1960s and the Clay County Republicans as their county chair for over 30 years. He was a member of Piggott First Baptist Church, serving as money counter for over 50 years. He was a member of Gideons International.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Bernice Wiley Seal Stewart.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gaye Winstead Wiley; children, Rhonda Wiley-Jones of Kerryville, Texas, her husband Lynn and their daughter Sonya Fox, Gary Wiley of Clovis, N.M., his wife D'Ann and their children Allison Marble and husband Reagan, Brooklynn Wiley and Blake Wiley of Jefferson City, Mo., wife Callie and their son Ryland, Bruce Wiley of Jefferson City, Mo., wife Nancy and their children Dean, Tess and Tory Wiley; sister, Wanda Norred, and other beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation was held Monday evening, Jan. 16, at Irby Funeral Home in Piggott. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at First Baptist Church with pastor Paul Seal, Jr., the nephew of the deceased, officiating. Burial followed at Piggott Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Geoffrey Norred, Blake Wiley, Dean Wiley, Larry Winberry, David Copelin and Robert Jett. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Junior's Sunday School class, Darrell Gossett, David Gossett, Todd Watson, Bob Byrd and Bobby Shanklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Piggott First Baptist Church or Gideons International.

Online register: www.irbyfuneralhome.com