Don Newcombe Wiley, 68, of Monticello, died on April 9, 2018 at the Veterans hospital in Little Rock after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Wiley was a retired Drew County Extension agent and high school educator. He was a veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He attended Coahoma County Community College and continued his studies at Alcorn State University. He graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. A few years later, he received his master’s degree in agriculture from the University of A09rkansas at Fayetteville.
He worked over 30 years as a county agent and was a pioneer in this field as he was one of the few African American agents in the area. He made it his mission to advocate for minority farmers. He was the leader of the 4-H division in Drew County where he supervised and taught gun safety, fish and wildlife education, archery, and other various activities. He hosted a local radio program on KHBM for a number of years to give horticulture tips to people in his community and he also held a position on the Mt. Zion Water Association board.
Mr. Wiley professed his faith in Christ at a young age in Lambert, Mississippi and was a member of First Baptist Eastside in Monticello. He was a deacon at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church for nearly two decades, where he was dedicated to the pastor and members. He was an efficacious member of different organizations in southeast Arkansas.
He was a community leader and he influenced many lives. He never met a stranger and you can say he was a “social butterfly” with a natural talent of connecting and forming relationships with people from all backgrounds. He devoted time selflessly to others by teaching, mentoring, and motivating others to excel in life. He also was a supporter for others to advance in life by completing a higher education or career training program. In his spare time, Don loved to fish, hunt, garden, cook, listen to music, play baseball, and watch his Alcorn Braves play any sport. Don was a lover of life, a conversationalist, and a true Alcornite. His family and friends will truly miss him.
Mr. Wiley was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Wiley; father, D.C. Wiley; four brothers- Gene Wiley, D.C. Wiley, James Wiley, and Charles Wiley; three sisters-Irma Jean Wiley, June Williams, and Marva Montgomery.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years-Vera Wiley; his children, Michael Binns, Kimberly Davis (Tony), Don Conley, and Gemekia Conley; his siblings, Sonny Wiley (Jean), Calvin Wiley, Fabian Wiley (Crystal), Annie Ruth Wiley, and Margaret Wiley; nine grandchildren, Shawn Binns, Mercedes Binns, Dylan Binns, Michaela Binns, Alexia Davis, Solie Conley, Essence Conley, Kaige Conley, and Brooklynn Hallmon; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Eastside on Highway 138, Monticello. Burial with military honors will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.