Dorsey Owens Wiley, Jr., while at home in Winston Salem, North Carolina sitting in his favorite chair watching television, transitioned to eternal rest on Wednesday February 5, 2020.
Dorsey Jr., as everyone called him, was born May 6, 1943 in Danville, Virginia and moved to Caswell County with his parents in 1952. He was baptized at Blackwell Baptist Church at an early age. After graduating from Caswell County High School, Dorsey, Jr. enrolled in the United States Air Force where he worked as a flight mechanic during the Vietnam era. In 1968, Dorsey Jr., married Ann Forestene Griffin. Two daughters, Tanya and Zoi, were born from that union.
Dorsey Jr.’s vocations included work as a lineman for Duke Power, a police officer and detective for Eden North Carolina Police Department, and ended his career as a successful car salesman and sales manager at Danville and Martinsville Virginia Toyota. Dorsey Jr. enjoyed traveling, playing pinochle, golfing, and was a member of Danville Masonic Lodge. After retirement, Dorsey moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to live near his eldest daughter and granddaughter.
Dorsey Wiley Jr. was pre-deceased by his parents Dorsey Sr. and Mattie Pinnix Wiley of Caswell County, a sister Lily C. Wiley of Newton Massachusetts and a brother Rudolph Prentice Wiley. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Tanya Wiley-Brown (Dorrel) of Winston Salem North Carolina, and Zoi Dionne Wiley of New York, New York; sister Andrea Wiley Bigelow (Troy) of Huntsville Alabama; five brothers, Walter (Brenda) of Roanoke Virginia; Ricardo (Vicky) of Hampton Virginia; Elliott (Rosalyn) of Cockeysville Maryland; Bernardo (Delores) of Blairs Virginia and Kenneth of Roanoke Virginia; a granddaughter Taliyah Z. Brown, a goddaughter Ellen Morgan (Rex) of Winston-Salem North Carolina; his former wife Diane Mims of Danville Virginia, along with a host of in-laws, nieces, grand nieces, nephews, grand nephews, cousins and friends.
Viewing and family visitation for Dorsey Wiley, Jr., is at Blackwell Funeral Home, 1331 Main St., Yanceyville North Carolina on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Celebration of Life for Dorsey Wiley, Jr., is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem North Carolina 27101; viewing at 11:00 a.m. and service at 12:00 noon.
Dorsey Owens Wiley Jr. will be buried with Military honors Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Salisbury North Carolina National Cemetery at 11:00 noon.