Nancy (Bild) Wiley

April 12, 1939 ~ December 5, 2019 (age 80)



Mrs. Nancy Bild Wiley, 80, died Thursday, December 5, 2019, at her home in Franklin, NC.  Nancy was born April 12, 1939, in Miami, FL, to the late Charles Everett Bild and Helen Albertus Bild.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Wiley, and a sister, Barbara Bild Forsyth. Survivors include her two sons, Edward Robert Wiley (Sarah) of Atlanta, GA, and Charles Hammond Wiley (Suzan) of Marietta, GA, and two grandsons, Bob Wiley of Chapel Hill, NC, and Sam Wiley, of Atlanta, GA.


Nancy had been a part of the Franklin community her whole life, beginning with summer family trips to the mountains in childhood.  She was married to Robert Edward Wiley for 53 years until his death in 2014.  Together, they raised a family and lived around the world, first during his service in the US Army and later with his career at the Coca-Cola Company.  While at Coke, Nancy and Bob lived in the Philippines, Venezuela, and Ireland, and she relished being an expat.


Upon retirement from Coke, Nancy and Bob built and settled into their dream home in Franklin on the land her father had purchased in the 1930s.  Nancy was an astute observer of nature and a skilled gardener, cultivating an enviable home garden and collection of orchids. Her affinity for orchids began in her Miami childhood and went with her throughout her life, including to her homes overseas.  She and Bob grew zinnias in their meadow and spent Saturday mornings at the Franklin NC Farmers’ Market selling their flowers and visiting with friends.  Nancy also provided weekly floral arrangements for the altar at her beloved Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she has been a faithful and active member since relocating to Franklin permanently.


A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC.  Rev. Fred Balke of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Franklin Garden Club (yacks1963@gmail.com) or the Mainspring Conservation Trust (https://www.mainspringconserves.org/about/).


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