James Wiley

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Daily Press
December 31, 2008


James Edward Wiley, 65, of Newport News, Va., passed away Dec. 28, 2008, in Raleigh, N.C., while visiting his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren for Christmas.

A native of Portsmouth, Va., he had been a resident of the Peninsula for most of his life. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was always there to help others, giving many hours of his time over the past 30 years to help in charitable works of Walter Pollard Council 5480, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Education. He is a Past State Deputy of the Virginia State Council Knights of Columbus, and during his tenure, Virginia was named the most outstanding jurisdiction in the Order.

James was a graduate of St. Vincent De Paul High School in Newport News, Va., where he excelled in both basketball and baseball. He later served as commissioner of basketball officials on the Peninsula as well as commissioner of baseball umpires.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Gerczak Wiley; his mother, Mary Elizabeth Wiley; and his father, William Roy Wiley Sr.

He is survived by four sons, Richard W. Blaes Jr. of Newport News, Stephen E. Blaes of Greensboro, N.C., Matthew C. Blaes and his wife, Valarie of Richmond, Va., and Jonathan L. Blaes and his wife, Kimberly of Raleigh, N.C.; and granddaughters, Lauren and Madison. Survivors also include his brother, William R. Wiley Jr. and his wife, Bunnie of Hampton, Va.; sister-in-law, Gerry Hoehn and her husband, Robert of Newport News, Va.; brother-in-law, Melvin ‘Sonny’ Gerczak and his wife, Brenda of Lanexa, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, Va. Interment by the family will be at a later date.

The family request that memorial donations be made to the Relay for Life, Walter Pollard Council 5480, 100 Columbus Way, Newport News, VA 23606.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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