After two successful bouts with cancer, God called one of his hardest fighters, Wallace Lee Wiley, Sr. home on February 13th, 2020 at 12:18 pm.
He was born March 22nd, 1951 in Waterproof, LA to the union of Elnora and Fred Wiley, Sr. He spent his early years in Louisiana before being summoned to Kansas City, MO as an early teen by his older sister. After attending Central High School, he began working at Ford Motor Company as a fork-lift driver. While there, he decided to take his love for driving a step further and try his hand at semi-truck driving. After a chance meeting with a woman, Debra Wallace, who was visiting an Aunt of hers in Kansas City, he began dating and married her on March 21st, 1981. Soon after they relocated to Danville, IL. Wallace continued trucking, and over the next 40 years was blessed to become an owner-operator, and eventually started his own company, WLW Transportation.
Wallace enjoyed fishing, cooking southern cuisine, watching westerns, listening to blues, laughing, signifying, traveling, and barbequing. Anyone who knew him also knew how much he loved his Lincoln cars, and his trucks! The only thing he loved more than these things was his FAMILY! Wallace loved his family in totality, but had a tremendous soft spot for his grandchildren. He would go out of his way to make sure his grandchildren had everything they needed and most of what they wanted. This always gave him great joy!
During his final days, Wallace was able to rededicate his life to the Lord, and make peace with his fate. He often told people that he was “going to be with the old folks and sit under the big tree.”
Wallace leaves behind to continue his legacy, his wife Debra Wiley, six children: Alicia (Monte) Grison, Wallace (Tracy) Wiley, Jr., Rochelle (Felecia) Wiley, Tyronne (Phebe) Wiley, Sr., Melanie Wiley, and Antonio Wiley. Eight grandchildren: Devin Brigham, Allison Grison, Nyomi Waiters, Amari Poe, Taryn Wiley, Brayden Poe, Morgan Wiley, and Tyronne Wiley, Jr. He also leaves to cherish his memory, One brother, Jerry Wiley. Five sisters: Elmira White, Janice Strong, Delores Wiley, Gussie Wiley, and Diana White, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by both parents, a sister Mary Davis, a brother Fred Wiley, Jr. and a granddaughter Nicole Brown.
A Home Going Celebration will commence at 12 Noon on February 22, 2020 at New Life Church Of Faith 1419 N. Bowman Ave, Danville. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Officiating Pastor Thomas W. Miller. Interment following after at Spring Hill Cemetery.
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