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Celebrating the life of
C. Wiley McCrary Jr.
Passed away on August 09, 2018
Owner of Wiley's Championship BBQ on Whitemarsh Island
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Funeral Service
  • 12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Interment
  • - Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

To the McCrary family, may you and your family find comfort from the scriptures at “2 Corinthians 1:3,4” also “2 Thessalonians 2:16,17”. May Jehovah sustain you at this most difficult time.

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I am very sorr for your loss it's hard to lose someone so young but did u know that there is hope for mankind, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection Hope.Please read John 5:28,29 this scripture will give you and your family strengh and hope again I am sorry for your loss to learn more about what happens to our dead love one go to JW.org

Coopder, Savannah, Ga

To all family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. Difficult times such as these are made better when we consider Jehovah's comforting words found in the Bible.1 Corinthians 15:26 helps comfort us in knowing that God's Kingdom will bring death to it's end. This is just one of many comforting promises that Jehovah will fulfill. I hope this brings you some comfort during this difficult time.

www.jw.org, ,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. One day soon we will be able to welcome back our dear loved ones again one day. For more information please visit jw.org.

Niecy, ,

My deepest sympathies to Janet and Wiley's loved ones. My stomach is growling thinking about Wiley's barbecue. 1 Corinthians 15:26, "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing."

B.B, , Ga

My sincere condolences to the family, please read the account about Lazarus at John 11:25,26. Jesus gave Martha assurance that there will be a resurrection.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

How very sorry we are to send our love and condolences to you, Janet, at this time. We have such precious memories from the early days when we made the wonderful discovery of Wileys. May God give you comfort and peace.

Roberta and Ron Chadwick, Tybee Island, GA

Such a very close friend and many years of a great relationship, Will greatly miss you and will not think of barbecue without first thinking of Wiley McCrary. Much Love, Ed

Ed Roith, Overland Park, , KS

Dear Janet and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Wiley's passing. So many fond memories of spending time with Willy and Jannell at events in the past. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a unique and great man. Truly a legend. Love, Carolyn

Carolyn Wells, Kansas City, MO

I'm so sorry for your loss, Janet and family. I am Wiley's 2nd cousin, but we only met a few times when I worked at Massey & Fair for a short time during a summer in college. I remember him as a kind and interesting man when he showed me his warehouse of novelty items which was his part of the business. I had no idea at the time he was such a BBQ enthusiast. I love good Georgia BBQ and regret not having visited his restaurant in the Savannah area. May his BBQ legacy live on and may peace be with you all. Lovingly, Jan

Jan Murphy, Atlanta, Ga

So sorry to hear about Wiley. Rannie Griffin Murphy was Wiley’s Great Aunt. His grandmother, Irene was Rannie’s sister. I married Rannie’s son, Ralph Murphy in 1954 when I came here to teach school. Wiley was always fun loving & quite witty. I was the music teacher & taught Wiley in 4th Grade at Sara Smith Elementary School on Old Wieuca Rd. Wiley was the BBQ King; we enjoyed his bbq at Saye & Stan’s Home. Janet, our deep sympathy ; I lost Ralph in March. He was 94! God’s special caring love to you & all the family. “Aunt Gerri”

Gerri Murphy , 600 River Cove Rd., Social Circle, GA

You will be missed my old friend. My, how we did enjoy our wine and crab puff "sessions" over the past 10 or 12 years! You were a special person and the best neighbor ever.

Bill Thomas, Savannah, GA

God bless the little boy. Condolences 2 his family all of whom were nothing but good to myself and Alice.

Doug, USA, Florida

We were so sorry to hear of Wiley’s passing. He had a good life and successful career Wishing you peace and happy memories

Bill and Mickey Dodge, Savannah, GA

Wiley was not only a barbecue king but also a congenial host who was kind to animals as well as people. If people go to heaven for rescuing dogs and making delicious food, he is surely there. His presence will be sorely missed in Savannah. We pray for God to comfort Janet and family. May fond memories of him keep him alive in their hearts.

Mary and Paul Ellis-Graham, Marlboro and Savannah, Ny/GA

Wiley--a man of quality and "the full pour." He'll be greatly missed but will live on in our hearts. It was a privilege knowing him. Our sympathies go out to Janet and family.

Dick and Kathy Berman, Savannah, GA

May "the God of all comfort" provide what the friends and family of C. Wiley need during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4), and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, , CT

Clifford Wiley McCrary Jr., “Wiley”, of Savannah and formerly of Atlanta, died Thursday, August 9, 2018.  He was the eponymous BBQ chef/owner of Wiley’s Championship BBQ on Whitemarsh Island, Savannah. He was 71.

Wiley was born in Atlanta on October 22, 1946.  He was the son of Clifford Wiley McCrary and Frances Fair McCrary.

He graduated from North Fulton High School in Atlanta, where he catered many reunions. Wiley continued his education at Georgia Southwestern in Americus, where he founded the Sigma Nu Alpha (now Kappa Sigma) fraternity.

For the next 16 years, Wiley worked for Massey and Fair Food Brokers in Atlanta, which was started by his grandfather in 1929.

In 1983, Wiley followed his true passion and made his career in BBQ.  For many years thereafter, Wiley owned a BBQ catering company in Atlanta and competed nationally on the professional BBQ circuit, where he won many awards including several state championships.

In 2005, he moved with his wife Janet Morgan McCrary to Savannah and later founded the nationally renowned Wiley’s Championship BBQ restaurant.  Wiley also wrote a cookbook entitled “BBQ Secrets Old Men Take to the Grave”, the 2014 BBQ Book of the year by the National BBQ News.

Wiley was predeceased by his sister, Frances “Taddy” Jacobs, and his daughter Elizabeth McCrary.

He is survived by his devoted wife Janet; his sons, Clifford McCrary and Ben Morgan; his daughter, Julie McCrary Rogers; and many grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, August 15 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel, Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wiley’s name to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr., Savannah, GA 31406 or Operation BBQ Relief, P.O. Box 3825, Shawnee, KS 66203.

 

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To the McCrary family, may you and your family find comfort from the scriptures at “2 Corinthians 1:3,4” also “2 Thessalonians 2:16,17”. May Jehovah sustain you at this most difficult time.

, ,

I am very sorr for your loss it's hard to lose someone so young but did u know that there is hope for mankind, our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection Hope.Please read John 5:28,29 this scripture will give you and your family strengh and hope again I am sorry for your loss to learn more about what happens to our dead love one go to JW.org

Coopder, Savannah, Ga

To all family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. Difficult times such as these are made better when we consider Jehovah's comforting words found in the Bible.1 Corinthians 15:26 helps comfort us in knowing that God's Kingdom will bring death to it's end. This is just one of many comforting promises that Jehovah will fulfill. I hope this brings you some comfort during this difficult time.

www.jw.org, ,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. One day soon we will be able to welcome back our dear loved ones again one day. For more information please visit jw.org.

Niecy, ,

My deepest sympathies to Janet and Wiley's loved ones. My stomach is growling thinking about Wiley's barbecue. 1 Corinthians 15:26, "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing."

B.B, , Ga

My sincere condolences to the family, please read the account about Lazarus at John 11:25,26. Jesus gave Martha assurance that there will be a resurrection.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Lissa Coleman — Georgia

How very sorry we are to send our love and condolences to you, Janet, at this time. We have such precious memories from the early days when we made the wonderful discovery of Wileys. May God give you comfort and peace.

Roberta and Ron Chadwick, Tybee Island, GA

Candle tribute lit by Ron and Roberta Chadwick — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Ron and Roberta Chadwick — Georgia

Such a very close friend and many years of a great relationship, Will greatly miss you and will not think of barbecue without first thinking of Wiley McCrary. Much Love, Ed

Ed Roith, Overland Park, , KS

Dear Janet and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Wiley's passing. So many fond memories of spending time with Willy and Jannell at events in the past. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a unique and great man. Truly a legend. Love, Carolyn

Carolyn Wells, Kansas City, MO

I'm so sorry for your loss, Janet and family. I am Wiley's 2nd cousin, but we only met a few times when I worked at Massey & Fair for a short time during a summer in college. I remember him as a kind and interesting man when he showed me his warehouse of novelty items which was his part of the business. I had no idea at the time he was such a BBQ enthusiast. I love good Georgia BBQ and regret not having visited his restaurant in the Savannah area. May his BBQ legacy live on and may peace be with you all. Lovingly, Jan

Jan Murphy, Atlanta, Ga

So sorry to hear about Wiley. Rannie Griffin Murphy was Wiley’s Great Aunt. His grandmother, Irene was Rannie’s sister. I married Rannie’s son, Ralph Murphy in 1954 when I came here to teach school. Wiley was always fun loving & quite witty. I was the music teacher & taught Wiley in 4th Grade at Sara Smith Elementary School on Old Wieuca Rd. Wiley was the BBQ King; we enjoyed his bbq at Saye & Stan’s Home. Janet, our deep sympathy ; I lost Ralph in March. He was 94! God’s special caring love to you & all the family. “Aunt Gerri”

Gerri Murphy , 600 River Cove Rd., Social Circle, GA

You will be missed my old friend. My, how we did enjoy our wine and crab puff "sessions" over the past 10 or 12 years! You were a special person and the best neighbor ever.

Bill Thomas, Savannah, GA

God bless the little boy. Condolences 2 his family all of whom were nothing but good to myself and Alice.

Doug, USA, Florida

We were so sorry to hear of Wiley’s passing. He had a good life and successful career Wishing you peace and happy memories

Bill and Mickey Dodge, Savannah, GA

Wiley was not only a barbecue king but also a congenial host who was kind to animals as well as people. If people go to heaven for rescuing dogs and making delicious food, he is surely there. His presence will be sorely missed in Savannah. We pray for God to comfort Janet and family. May fond memories of him keep him alive in their hearts.

Mary and Paul Ellis-Graham, Marlboro and Savannah, Ny/GA

Candle tribute lit by Mary and Paul Ellis-Graham — New York

Wiley--a man of quality and "the full pour." He'll be greatly missed but will live on in our hearts. It was a privilege knowing him. Our sympathies go out to Janet and family.

Dick and Kathy Berman, Savannah, GA

May "the God of all comfort" provide what the friends and family of C. Wiley need during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4), and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, , CT


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