Dorsey Owens Wiley Jr.

May 6, 1943 ~ February 5, 2020 (age 76)


Dorsey Owens Wiley, Jr., departed this life on February 5 at his home in Winston-Salem, NC.    He was born May 6, 1943 in Danville, Virginia.


In 1953, his parents purchased land and built a home in Caswell County; this would become the family’s home.  Dorsey accepted Christ at an early age, and he was baptized at Blackwell Baptist Church. After graduating from Caswell County High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country during the Vietnam era, working as a flight mechanic.  Once his tour of duty was over, Dorsey returned to N.C. 


In 1968, Dorsey, Jr., married Ann Forestene Griffin.  Two daughters were born to this union.


Dorsey had a varied career and worked as a lineman for Duke Power Company, was a police officer for the Eden Police Division, and ended his career as a very successful car salesman and sales manager at Danville Toyota. His slogan was “It’s the deal, the dealer, and Dorsey that make a great deal of difference.”  He enjoyed traveling, playing pinochle, golfing, and was a member of Danville Masonic Lodge.


After relocating to Winston-Salem, NC to live near his eldest daughter, Dorsey took pleasure in spending time with his “one and only good grandchild”, visiting with neighbors in his community, and watching his favorite shows on television. 


Dorsey was pre-deceased by his parents Dorsey and Mattie Pinnix Wiley of Caswell County, a sister Lily C. Wiley of Newton, Mass., and a brother Rudolph Prentice Wiley. He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Tanya Wiley-Brown (Dorrel) of Winston Salem, N.C., and Zoi Dionne Wiley of New York, NY; a sister Andrea Wiley Bigelow (Troy) of Huntsville, Alabama; five brothers, Walter (Brenda) of Roanoke, Va., Ricardo (Vicky) of Hampton, Va., Elliott (Rosalyn) of Cockeysville, Md., Bernardo (Delores) of Blairs, Va., and Kenneth of Roanoke, Va.; a granddaughter, Taliyah Ziona Brown, who he adored; a goddaughter, Ellen Morgan (Rex) of Winston-Salem, NC, his former wife, Diane Mims of Danville, Va., along with a host of in-laws, nieces, grand nieces, nephews, grand nephews, cousins and friends.  


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February 11, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Blackwell Funeral Home
1331 Main Street
Yanceyville, NC

Celebration of Life
February 12, 2020

12:00 PM
Union Baptist Church
1200 N. Trade St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Please note
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, from 5-7pm during the visitation. During this time, the body will also be able to be viewed. On Tuesday, family visitation will begin at 11am at the church. Interment will be held in the Salisbury National Cemetery.
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