Carey Wise Philley, 82, of Crossett passed away on January 20, 2014 at Ashley County Medical Center.
He was born on May 7, 1931 and was the son of Cary and Gertrude Philley in Oak Grove, La. where he grew up farming the family land.
He served in the United States Air Force but was released early due to the need for his presence and help on the family farm. He married his sweetheart, Dolores Anne Shows, on May 22, 1952 and worked as a paper maker with various companies in Louisiana, Idaho, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas. After working many years in the corporate paper industry, Mr. Philley worked as a consultant to develop a process for converting paper-making byproduct/waste into a usable product.
When he was well into his 50s, Mr. Philley, along with friends, dismantled a wood building on area land, and reassembled it in the backyard of his family home to use as his workshop to house his many and varied tools. His family says that a theme to sum up his life would be, “Faith, Family, and Power Tools” along with cowboys and Native Americans. He loved anything that connected him to his Native American ancestry (Choctaw Tribe), including turquoise and silver.
As a young man, he had a best friend, a horse named Tony. His family says he is probably riding horses in heaven.
Mr. Philley was a member of the Crossett community since May, 1971 and a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James “Bud” Philley, William “Bill” Philley and Dewayne Philley; and a sister-in-law, Joan Shows.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Philley; one son, Carey W.”Buster” Philley, Jr. (Kim) of Kingwood, Texas; two daughters, Cynthia Philley of Crossett, and Renita Philley-Hale of Hot Springs; one sister, Rachel Kinney of Bastrop, La.; five granddaughters, Ava Conville-Parker, Dori Woerhide (Dan), Noel Philley, Cassie Philley Henderson, Erin Philley, and Blake Philley; along with five great granddaughters in Crossett and Germany.
A funeral service will be held January 23 at 10 a.m. at the Medders Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating followed by an interment at Oak Grove Cemetery at 3 p.m. under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Zeb Benton, Ethan Benton, Jarrod Benton, Clay Lewis, Brian Lewis and Jeff Saxton.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Mr. Philley’s Sunday School class along with Cambell Wilkerson, Doogie Darling and Tommy Hooks.