Sally Johnson Wiley | Beaufort County Now | Sara Johnson Wiley, (Sally), 81, passed away peacefully at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Sally Johnson Wiley

December 9, 1939 – February 26, 2021

    Sara Johnson Wiley, (Sally), 81, passed away peacefully at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Friday, February 26, 2021.

    Sally was born on December 9, 1939, in Washington, NC, and lived there until her husband of 53 years passed away in 2014. At that time, she moved to Statesville, NC, to be closer to her children. Sally worked in the Beaufort County Schools for 32 years as a teacher's assistant and computer instructor, and when she retired, worked at the Washington Daily News as a part-time receptionist. As a teenager, she wrote "Talk of the Teen" for the newspaper and enjoyed returning to the paper in her retirement years.

    Sally loved her hometown of Washington and the Pamlico River. She was a graduate of Washington High School and then attended Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, NC, where she developed a love for all things Scottish. After graduation, she moved to Raleigh to work, but quickly returned home to marry the love of her life and to raise a family. She was president of the Pine Needles Garden Club and a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church where she served in many roles including deacon. Sally also loved her friends in the Tea and Topics Book Club of which her mother had been a charter member.

    When Sally moved to Statesville, NC, she missed her friends and family in Washington, but she adapted quickly to life at her retirement community, the Gardens of Statesville, and participated in all of the activities offered there with her dog, Little Bit, by her side. She made many friends and became the head "bingo caller". A special thanks to the staff at the Gardens and to Wilma and Sydney Harmon who helped make Statesville her second home.

    Sally was preceded in death by her husband, William Russell Wiley (Billy), her infant son, William Russell Wiley, Jr., her parents, Sara Long and Jimmy Johnson, and her brother, Jimmy Johnson, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Sara Gray Horne and her husband Mike, her son, Rusty Wiley, and daughter-in-law, Janie, and her beloved grandchildren, Morgan, Grayson (Liz), and Maddie Wiley. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Gayle Morgan, Kathy Lassiter (Doug), and Susan Wiley, and her brother-in-law, Steve Wiley (Pat), and numerous nieces and nephews who remember her caramel cakes and biscuits fondly.

    A graveside service, officiated by Reverend Jay Martin, will be held at Oakdale Cemetery on March 11 at 11:00. Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and the family respectfully requests that masks be worn. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. Second Street, Washington, NC, or to the charity of your choice.


Services

Graveside Service

Thursday, March 11
11:00 AM
Oakdale Cemetery
180 East 15th Street
Washington, NC 27889



HbAD0

Latest Announcements

Mr. James Rudolph Laney, age 85, a resident of Belhaven, NC, formerly of Greenville, MS, died Sunday April 18, 2021 at his home.
Linda Cox Alligood age 74, a resident of Old Bath Highway, Washington, NC passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her home.
Mrs. Patricia “Patsy” Jewell Silverthorne Elks Johnson, age 69, a resident of 134 East Water Street, Washington died Thursday evening, April 15, 2021 at Autumnfield.
Mr. Dodge Franklin “Frank” Buck, Sr., age 83, a resident of Market Street Ext., Washington, died Monday, April 12, 2021 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville.
Mr. Tommy “Tom” Joe Robinson, C.P.A., age 67, a resident of Washington, died Monday, April 12, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center.
Howard David Hodges, 20 a native of Beaufort County was killed in action December 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor
Edward E. Chandler ("Duke" to those that knew him) , age 85, passed away at his home in Chocowinity surrounded by family on April 7, 2021.
Mr. George Edward “Ed” Leggett, age 91, a resident of Washington, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington.
Mr. Frank Eldridge Duke, Sr., age 87, a resident of Washington, NC died Monday April 5, 2021 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital.

HbAD1

Reverend Cleveland Strange Duke, Jr., 87, died on Saturday April 3rd, 2021 at Penn Nursing Center.
Mr. Hugh Gordon Woolard, Sr., age 85, a resident of Courtland, VA and a former resident of Virginia Beach, VA and Beaufort County died Saturday April 3, 2021 at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Virginia.
Lacy Caleb Williams, IV, a resident of Washington, NC passed away at Vidant Medical Center Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Marjorie Zuroski, age 89, a former resident of Omaha, Nebraska and most recently of Grimesland passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021.
JoAnn Jacoby age 54, a resident of Washington, NC passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at her home.
Clarence E. Everett age 82, a resident of Washington, NC passed away Saturday, April 2, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
Mr. Michael Edwin Warren, age 73, a resident of Washington, died Friday, April 2, 2021 at his home.
Troy Dale Roberson age 55, a resident of Washington, NC passed away Friday April 2, 2021 at his home.
Kathryne Watson Morton, age 83, passed away peacefully at Crystal Coast Hospice House on April 1, 2021.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top