Mary Wiley, 96

Mary Sue Cox Maxey Wiley, 96, of Byhalia, went to be with her Lord Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Trinity Mission of Great Oaks in Byhalia.

She was born Oct. 29, 1916, in New Albany. She was a graduate of New Albany High School. After the death of her husband, Samuel Lewis Maxey, she was employed at Irwin Shirt Manufacturing for several years. She married James Clifton “J.C.” Wiley on Feb. 22, 1957, and moved from New Albany to Iuka where she lived until 2006. In Iuka, she worked for the Iuka Shirt Company. In her later life, she lived in Wesley Manor in Hernando and Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Greater Oaks in Byahlia. She was an active member of Glenfield Baptist Church of New Albany where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and sang duets with her son, Wayne. Upon moving to Iuka, she became an active member of Iuka Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Cutshall Funeral Home chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Dr. P.J. Scott officiating. Burial was in Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
She is survived by three sons, Jimmie Franklin Maxey (Carol) of Meridian, Idaho, Willie Terry Maxey (Susan) of Olive Branch and Rayborn Ranson Maxey (Judy) of Bullhead City, Ariz.; one daughter, Patricia Wiley Thomas (Tommy) of Booneville; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Harris Maxey; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her adopted daughter, Monica Kirby (Ray) of Nesbit; and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elis Frank “E.F.” Cox and Nancy Elizabeth “Nanny” Cox; her husbands, Samuel Lewis Maxey and James Clifton “J.C” Wiley; her son, Lewis Wayne Maxey; her brothers, William David Cox and Stanley Cox; and her sister, Marcelle Murrah.
Pallbearers were Jeff Maxey, Tracey Maxey, Stacey Maxey, Patrick Maxey, Jeremy Maxey and Larry Ollar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cox-Maxey Music Fund and First Baptist Church in New Albany; to the Murrah Music Fund at Iuka Baptist Church; to the Wayne and Barbara Maxey Music Fund at Temple Baptist Church in Olive Branch; or to the Judy Johnson Maxey Music Fund in Pontotoc.
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