William Arthur Wiley III

December 28, 1956 ~ October 17, 2019

Born in: Greenville, SC
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

William Arthur Wiley, III

William Arthur Wiley III of Johnson City passed unexpectedly Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Bill, “Buddy” to those who knew him best, was born on December 28, 1956 in Greenville, SC. He shared an incredible marriage with Freta, to whom he was married for 37 years. Family was everything to Buddy – his relationships with his wife, parents, children and dogs were the things he cherished most.
Those who knew him best appreciated his kindness, comedic wit, brilliance, and beautiful soul. He had a life-long passion for learning and reading. His mind was an unending pool of knowledge – you could always ask him a question and he would have an answer or opinion on it. Playing guitar and listening to music into the evening was a favorite hobby of his. He enjoyed talking news, politics, history, spirituality for hours on end.
Buddy had an incredible career path that took him to many places. He had great business insight & unique ability to look at the world and see the next “big thing”.
He held friends Bill Cox, Chuck Essick and Gary Taylor in high esteem.
Buddy notably survived the Miracle on the Hudson plane crash ten years ago.
He had a deep appreciation for the United States Armed Forces and loved America.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Charles L. Wiley; Uncles Jerry L. Denman & Kenneth A. Denman Jr.; grandparents Kenneth A. Denman Sr. & Evelyn Denman; William A. Wiley Sr. & Virginia Walker Wiley.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Freta; sons William A. Wiley IV & Alexander T. Wiley; daughter Laura Bryant Grindstaff; granddaughter Erin T. Grindstaff & son Liam D. Grindstaff; parents Dr. William A. Wiley Jr. & Mary Pat Wiley; brother Christopher D. Wiley Sr. & family.
His wishes were to be cremated with a private memorial service at the family home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Semper Fi Fund.
Special thanks to the people at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Bill Cox, Mary Charles Wilson and Dr. Sam R. Sells Jr.


The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in William Arthur Wiley's name.

Memories Timeline


  1. Herb Lawson says:

    It has been over 40 years since seeing Bill but I
    Must say he was one of my best friend. He was true and wonderful friend! RIP my friend! Herb

  2. Bill and Anita Artrip says:

    Dear Dr. Bill and Pat Wiley,
    Bill and I are so very sorry about the death of your beloved son, Bill. Know that we care so
    much, knowing what wonderful parents you have been to your children.
    Our love and prayers are with you and may God bless each one.
    Bill and Anita Artrip

  3. Linda Raines says:

    Freta, Our family was very shocked to see the death of Bill in today’s paper. Please know that you and the family are in our hearts and know that if you need anything, please let me know. A cup of coffee, just to talk, a ride, anything, I will be happy to share some time with you. I’m sure this is a lonely, exhausting time for you.

  4. Meredith Woosley says:

    Freta, mom and I are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you! We love and miss you very much! Love, Meredith and Nancy

  5. Linda Hughes says:

    Greta, so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family. Please give Dr. and Mrs. Wiley my condolences.

  6. charles and peggy hensley says:

    Freta, please accept our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. We keep you and your family always in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Lisa Hanselman says:

    Dear Pat and Bill,
    We were saddened to hear about Buddy’s passing. While we know words are only a small gesture of support, please know your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We love you,
    Lisa Hanselman & Jill Hanselman

  8. Nancy Honeycutt says:

    My heart hurts for all of you…you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Freta, I miss you… call me anytime.

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