Ms. Lavada Downs Wiley
STATESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Lavada Downs Wiley, age 85, passed
away early Tuesday, July 12, at Southern Manor Retirement Inn
under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
Mrs. Wiley was born April 19, 1926, in Savannah Gia. She
lived her childhood years in Hinesville, Ga., with her beloved
older sister, Naomi Simmons. There she met her husband, Lonnie
Elbert Wiley, at a USO function at Fort Stewart during World
War II. They married in 1946 and moved to Thomson, which
was his home. She was active in her church, First Presbyterian
of Thomson, as a choir member and president of the Women of
the Church. She was also active in the garden club and volunteer
organizations. She worked at Knox Homes, was assistant clerk
of court in McDuffie County and court reporter for the Toombs
Judicial Circuit. After the death of her husband she moved to
Mount Pleasant, S.C., and helped her sister in the florist business
for many years. She also worked as an administrative assistant at
Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C. where she retired. She was a
wonderful cook, seamstress, and a loving, caring, giving person
who cherished her family and friends.
She was a wonderful mother to her four daughters. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Elbert Wiley; parents,
Ulysses Payne and Emma Turner Downs; a daughter, Kathryn V.
Wiley; two brothers, Herbert Downs and Larry Austin Downs
of Savannah, and a sister; Naomi Downs Simmons of Hinesville,
Survivors include her daughters, Betty Wiley (George W.)
Wickham of Statesboro, Cherry Wiley (Dr. Alan) MacTaggart
of Greenwood, S.C., and Tracie Wiley Scott of Mount Pleasant,
S.C.; sisters, Eula Marie (John) all of Mount Pleasant, S.C.,
Ruthie Downs Lynch of Midway, Ga.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth
Wiley Johnson of Thomson; brother-in-law, John Thomas Wiley
of Thomson; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and
many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Friday at 3 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant
S.C. at Christ The King First Assembly of God. A graveside
service and burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2011,
in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.
We would like to offer a very special thanks to the wonderful
staff at Southern Manor Retirement Inn and to the entire caring
group at Ogeechee Area Hospice. The Family will never forget
your kindness to her. She loved
Curtis Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
Web posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011