Johnson Hayes Wiley Sr., was born June 17th to Novey Wiley Sr., and Pattie Wiley in Cumberland VA. He was the third of eleven children. He was reared in Cumberland and attended school at Mary E. Branch in Farmville. On Friday, May 23rd he was given his wings and called home to rest. Hayes met Susie Watkins while at school and they were later married August 25, 1940. Through this union ten children were born. Hayes and Susie were together for seventy years. He was a member of Old Green Creek Baptist Church. He served in church and was a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee and Usher.
Hayes worked for a short period of time at the port in Baltimore but spent many years working for Andrews,Large and Whitten in Farmville, VA. He made many trips up and down the East Coast for many years delivering lumber and moving construction trailers and equipment for the company. Many times he worked a second job to provide for his ever growing family. At the age of ninety-seven he finally turned in his CDL license but continued to work part time. In his words, "I worked because I wanted to eat." When he was not on the road working he loved reading the newspaper, watching news shows (Meet the Press, 60 Minutes) and attending church singing his favorite song, "I Feel Good". In later years he enjoyed watching Court TV.
His children, grandchildren, great grands, and great-great grand will miss him deeply. He was preceded in death by his wife (Susie), six brother (Novey Jr., James, Norman, Clem, Alter, and John) one sister (Omega Trent) and one grandson (Robert Wiley Jr.).
Hayes leaves to cherish his memory ten loving children: Betty Wiley of Colonia, New Jersey, Susie Salters of Midlothian, VA, Johnson Hayes Wiley Jr.(Helen) of Piscataway, New Jersey, Harry Wiley of Neptune, NJ, Robert Wiley (Inez) of Cumberland, VA, Jerry Wiley of Lawnside, NJ, Sheila Eanes (Vincent) of Farmville, VA., Linda Wiley White of Midlothian, VA., Brenda Wiley of Cumberland, VA., and Melvin Wiley of Cumberland, VA, twenty-one grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He also leaves two sisters, Betsy Mae of Ohio, Annie Bee of NY., one brother, Leroy (Sue) of New Jersey, a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
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