James Sam Wiley
April 10, 1930 – November 7, 2017
James Sam Wiley stepped from this world into his heavenly home on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from the comfort of Sanctuary Hospice House.
He was preceded in death by his dearly loved wife, Jamie Pickens Wiley, and their infant daughter, Billie Fay Wiley, his parents, Elmo and Mary Etter Cobb Wiley, and siblings Erskine (Buck) Wiley, Janie Lee Wiley Sanford, Hazel Wiley Boyd, Mary Lou Wiley Mardis, and Bill Wiley.
He is survived by several nephews and nieces, including Jennie Barnett, Jimmy Boyd, Faye Hulsey (Eldon), Mamie Jean Smith, and Sue Wallace (Jerry), as well as his longtime employer, friend, and caregiver, Dr. Leanna Lindsey Hollis and her son, Ryan Hunter Hollis, whom Sam considered his grandson.
Sam was a lifelong resident of Mississippi, although he spent two weeks in Arkansas once, and was homesick the entire time.
Sam worked on Briarpatch Farm from 1969 until 1989, when the farm was sold and and the name was changed to Greenbriar Farm. He continued to work on the farm until his retirement, after which he served as a farm advisor.
He was a simple man who spent most of his life on the farm in Blue Springs, and loved every minute of it. He especially enjoyed the years during which he helped raise and break Walking Horses.
He always wanted to be just plain Sam.
He was a beloved citizen of Blue Springs for fifty-seven years. He was a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church, but had attended Hope Church in Tupelo most recently.
Over the last few years, Sam was introduced to a larger audience than he ever imagined through the blog posts of “Lines from Leanna.” He quickly developed dedicated fans literally around the world. His example of generosity led those fans to give thousands of dollars in donations to aid African school children.
Visitation will be Friday, November 10, 2017 from 12:30p.m. till 2:00p.m. at Hope Church in Tupelo with a memorial service to follow at 2:00p.m. with Rev. Scooter Noland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sam Wiley Memorial Fund (Sam’s Fund #5136) established at Global Outreach International (P. O. Box 1, Tupelo MS 38802), to continue his philanthropic efforts. It is administered by Marla Nunnelee, daughter of Sam’s long-time friend and coffee-drinking buddy.