Wiley James Sidney Smith III

  • Born: November 27, 1929
  • Died: March 27, 2015
  • Location: Albany, Oregon

Fisher Funeral Home Inc

306 Washington Street SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tel. (541) 928-3349

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wiley James Sidney Smith III was born in Fouke, Arkansas and died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Albany, Oregon on Friday, March 27, 2015, age 85. Wiley (called Jimmy by his family) was the oldest of four children born to Wiley James Sidney Smith II, a school administrator and businessman, and his wife, Pauline Schalack Smith née Davis, a schoolteacher and librarian. Wiley had two brothers; David, a railroad accountant, and Richard, a lawyer; and a sister, Nancy McIntyre, a computer programmer, all since retired. Wiley graduated from Fordyce (Arkansas) High School in 1947 and then matriculated into Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he subsequently graduated with a degree in engineering in 1951. Concomitant with graduation, he also earned commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and served about two years at various bases, most notably MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida and Kirtland AFB near Albuquerque, New Mexico. After leaving active service, he became a chemical engineer with Monsanto in the Houston area and earned a Master's degree in chemical engineering from Rice University. On December 30, 1954, Wiley married Carol Lucinda Rathert, of Galveston, Texas in Texas City, Texas. The couple lived in Texas City, Bellaire, Texas, Oklahoma City, and St. Louis before eventually settling to stay in Albany, Oregon in 1971. The couple had five children: Ronald Nathan, Linda Dayle (both born of Carol by a previous marriage and both adopted by Wiley), John Byron, Robert William, and Wiley James Sidney IV. Wiley Smith père worked his entire life as a professional engineer, in which he excelled, being intelligent to a high degree and convinced of the propriety to labor honestly and diligently and to care for his family. Wiley had a lifelong love of tennis, playing almost until the day he died with what he claimed were some of the finest friends a man could have. He famously loved sports car and we know his yellow 1978 Z-car will be missed on the streets of Albany. He also showed a strong pride in and devotion to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his later years he said he was never more content than when surrounded by all his descendants. Our dad will be remembered for the hugs he loved to give, his words of encouragement when needed, and his exclamation on beautiful Oregon days, "It's good to be alive!", spoken with deep satisfaction. Surviving Wiley are his three siblings; his children Linda, Robert, Wiley fils, and their spouses; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, and two of his children (Ronald and John) who died in the St. Louis area, sufferers of muscular dystrophy. Of Wiley, we might say, as was said by a distinguished American, I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. A memorial service will be held at Fisher Funeral Home on Monday, April 6th at 11:00am with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions to FISH of Albany or the Alzheimer's Association may be sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.