Dr. James Ovid Wiley, 84, of Purcellville, died at home early Tuesday morning, October 10.
“Doc,” as he was locally known, was well respected in the community for his many visible and not so visible contributions he and his wife Betty made since moving to Purcellville in 1958.
Jim was born in Covington, Tennessee on November 28, 1932, to Virginia Witherington and Lawrence Wiley. He attended Maryville College in Tennessee where he met his future wife Betty Hammers. Betty and Jim married his last year in dental school at the University of Tennessee. Jim was drafted into the U.S. Naval Dental Corps and served at Parris Island, South Carolina.
His first office was located on the second floor of what is now the Purcellville Family Restaurant. While he practiced, he was a staff member for the Loudoun Memorial Hospital for 20 years and a volunteer at the Loudoun Free Dental Clinic for 15 years.
Jim had a passion for being involved in the community in a variety of ways. He was active in local sports, first as a member of the Town of Purcellville baseball team from 1959-1960 and then as a Little League baseball coach from 1969-1974. Jim served as Chairman of the Purcellville Area Commission, helped establish the first County Parks & Recreation Department, and was a member of the Loudoun County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee from 1966-1972, serving as chair for three years.
Additionally, Jim was the first appointee from Loudoun County to the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority at a time when there were 23 regional parks and seven parks in Loudoun. One of the hallmarks of this time was developing the W&OD Bike Trail for the community. He also served on the Purcellville Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee from 2003- 2007 and on the Purcellville Town Council 2006-2014.
Golf was his passion and on the course he was only called “Doc.” He served on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun Golf & Country Club and served as president from 1986 to 1992. A tournament to benefit youth sports, an original initiative of Doc’s while on the Town Council, was named in his honor.
In 1966, Jim helped found and became a Ruling Elder of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church where he served in various capacities until 2012. He was also a founding member of the Purcellville Business Association. In 2014, Jim became a founding member of the Purcellville Arts Council and served as the first chairman.
Besides his wife, Betty, Jim is survived by three children: Karen Wiley-Eberle of Cary, North Carolina, David L. Wiley (wife, Camille) of Key West Florida, Judi Crenshaw of Richmond, Virginia and seven grandchildren, Meg and Brennan Eberle, Mariel and L.J. Wiley, Gray, Emlyn and Aidan Crenshaw, and a brother, Dan Wiley and his wife Gray, along with many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Wiley’s memorial service was held Saturday, October 14 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian and he was buried in Hillsboro Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Please visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.
James O. “Doc” Wiley [Town of Purcellville]