John Roy Wiley (1945-2011)

Mr. John Roy Wiley III, 65 of Marietta died Friday, February 25, 2011. Mr. Wiley was a United States Air Force veteran, serving as a decorated pilot during the Vietnam Era. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English where he began his flying career. Mr. Wiley retired from U.S. Airways as a Senior Captain and Instructor. He became an internationally recognized journalist, twice receiving the Aerospace Journalist of the Year award. His legendary quick wit was frequently on display when he appeared on CNN as the Aviation Correspondent. He recently returned from Iraq where he worked as an Aviation Safety Expert consulting for KBR. He was a man of strong faith who served at the Mt. Paran North Church of God in Marietta, Georgia for many years as an Elder. He was actively involved in the inter-denominational North Georgia Tres Dias Community since 1999.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Wiley, his beautiful daughters, Stephanie Wiley and Ashley Blake Wiley both of Marietta; his mother, Frances Wiley of College Park, GA; his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Bobby Ballard of Conyers, GA; nephew, Mark Ballard of Denver, CO; niece, Cyndi Johnson of Conyers, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s memory can be made to: Angel Flight (a group that transports sick children for care) at Online condolences may be expressed also at

John was a long time member.