Dwight Kenneth Wiley, Sr. was born on September 28, 1952 in Dallas, Texas in the basement of Parkland Hospital to Mary Smallwood and Horace Wiley. He was the oldest of nine children, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
Dwight accepted the Lord as his personal Savior as a teenager and regularly attended Full Gospel Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor O. C. Mosley, then later moved to Full Gospel Holy Temple under the leadership of Apostle Lobias Murray. Later, he became a very faithful member of Evangelist Holy Temple, where he served as Associate Pastor under the leadership of Bishop Oliver until the church closed its door in 2018.
He attended Roosevelt High School and after leaving high school he entered the US Army for a brief period, then returned home to Dallas to work at Sweetheart Cup Company and later moved on to the City of Dallas where he was a Water Meter Reader Meter Specialist until his retirement in 2011. Dwight was a very driven and hard-working person and on every job he strove to be the best employee in his area of specialty. He always said like Martin Luther King Jr. said in whatever job you have, you be the best, even if you were a street sweeper,” be the best street sweeper you can be “. He was such a good employee at Sweetheart Cup company and when another opportunity came for him to get another job, his boss acknowledged to him, that they wished they could match the pay in salary that Frito Lay Company was offering him to keep him as an employee at Sweetheart Cup company, but they were just not able to match it. Dwight was later employed as a Route Sales Employee for many years and he was a very timely and early morning person. He would go to his job hours before his shift and be one of the first employees to leave out on his route. He later moved to the City of Dallas Water Utilities where he was until his retirement because of health issues.
He was diagnosed with Kidney Disease and reluctantly went on dialysis but carried that same driven spirit of getting to his Dialysis treatment, sometimes 3 to 4 hours early so that he could be the first patient to be put on the machine. He even carried this attitude of getting to church at least an hour before services started so that he could be the first person there sometimes even getting there before the pastor. He always said if I did it with the jobs that God blessed me with, I can do it when it comes to my church obligation.
Dwight married Bonita Greer Wiley Brown on July 23, 1973 and to this union had three children, Shandrea Laquesh Wiley, Dinah Cne (Wiley) Burrell and Dwight Kenneth Wiley, Jr.
On August 5, 1994 he married Hazel M. (Morris) Wiley. They were the loving parents to three adoring fur babies, Skye, Ryder and Angel. Dwight pampered his fur babies, and nothing was too good for them as he exhibited this by cooking steaks for Skye and chicken leg quarters for Ryder and Angel.
In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars, spending time with his dogs and shopping at thrift stores. Dwight was a very giving person. He would give money, clothes, cars or anything that he could bless someone with, and always said “It is more blessed to Give than to Receive “ and he loved blessing family, friends , or even strangers.
Dwight leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and supportive wife of 26 years, Hazel Morris Wiley; his children, Shandrea Laquesh Hicks (Mickey, Sr.), Dinah Cne Burrell (Damon) and Dwight Wiley, Jr. (April Heard); stepdaughter, Shawnee Simmons and his eleven grandchildren, Terance, Desmond, Mickey Jr, Deonte, Jasmine, Kennedy, Destiny, Dwight Ill (Tripp), Dwight IV (WKnD), Camryn and Jaxson; two great grandchildren, Chosen and Aniyah; siblings, Marilyn Evans, Margaret Wiley, Garland Smallwood (Esther), Mack Wiley (Mary), Darrell Wiley (Carla), Linda Johnson (Henry), Missionary Tracy Tillman, Linda Wiley of Arizona, and Portia (MzPooh); a favorite aunt, Annie J Chambers (Jimmy); favorite uncle, James Wiley (Cynthia), Leonard Wiley; a favorite cousin, Samuel Hall and many nephews, nieces, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Dwight was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Smallwood; father, Horace Wiley; sister, Karen Richardson, and ex-wife, Bonita Greer Wiley Brown.
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