Wiley James Villines, 90, railroad and supply depot worker and World War II veteran.

Villines
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Posted: June 18, 2013

WILEY James Villines was a devoted family man who rarely missed the annual reunions back in his hometown of Roxboro, N.C., and any other gatherings of his extended family.

"He possessed a profound love and sense of loyalty to his family," his family said in an obituary. And at these gatherings and other social events, Wiley was the life of the party and was not the last to hit the dance floor.

Wiley Villines, an employee of the old Reading Railroad and the former Naval Supply Depot in Philadelphia, a six-year Army veteran who manned heavy equipment in the South Pacific in World War II, died June 10. He was 90 and lived in the Saunders House, in Wynnewood.

He was born in North Carolina to Thomas Chester Villines and Lena Rogers Villines. He attended the Person County Training School and was baptized at the Union Grove Baptist Church.

Wiley enlisted in the Army in 1940, and became a heavy-equipment operator in the South Pacific theater. He built roads and landing strips on New Guinea and the Philippines. He earned a Bronze Star for valor and was discharged in 1946.

After his discharge, he lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a time, then returned to Roxboro where he met and married Dorothy Magnolia Blackwell, on Dec. 24, 1947.

They moved to Philadelphia in 1948 and he went to work for the Reading Railroad. In 1963, he joined the Naval Supply Depot, from which he retired in 1973.

Wiley was known for his impeccable style of dress. He and his wife were loyal members of the 48th Street Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

His wife died in 2002, and their first son, Bernard, died at birth in 1948.

He is survived by two other sons, Spencer Thomas and Rodney Lorenzo; a brother, Johnnie Villines; two sisters, Maxine and Diane Villines; two grandchildren, and his companion, Gladys Smalley.

Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at 48th Street Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 56th and Vine streets. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Fernwood Cemetery.

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