B. Dale Wiley, 77, of Brentwood and longtime Williamson County resident, passed away Nov. 1, 2019.
Mr. Wiley was born in Williamson County to the late William C. Wiley and Edna Mae Neal Wiley. He retired from the state of Tennessee, where he served as assistant to three governors. He authored 12 bills that became laws for the handicapped and disabled of Tennessee and was also a draftsman who designed and drew many house plans for residents of Williamson County.
Dale was a lifelong advocate, educator and consultant for disability issues at state, national and international levels. He worked for President Jimmy Carter’s administration on handicapped legislation and served as a consultant to the director of U.S. rehabilitation services administration under President Ronald Reagan.
Dale had a very successful athletic career playing basketball with the Music City Wheelchair League. He was a member of the U.S. and Pan American Olympic Wheelchair Basketball teams and earned gold medals in the shot put and discus competition. Prior to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, he carried the Olympic Torch through downtown Nashville in his wheelchair.
Dale was also a gun enthusiast and avid hunter. He traveled all over the U.S hunting just about anything.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William C. (Bill) and Edna Mae Neal Wiley, and his nephew, Gavin Vaughn.
His survivors include his sisters, Linda Vaughn of Brentwood and Louise Russell of Nolensville; nieces, Kim (Bill) Hardison and Kelli (Tracy) Spicer; and great-nephews, Tucker Spicer and Carver Hardison.
A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Rev Jason Mikel officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday prior to the celebration from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a spinal cord injury organization of your choice or Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave. Franklin, TN 37064. 615-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com