Wiley Ray Martin

On Friday, April 6, 2018, Wiley Ray Martin was forever healed when he was called home to be with his Lord and Savior.  He went peacefully surrounded by friends and wonderful care givers at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, MS. 
Wiley Ray was born and raised in Sumrall, MS.  Having been born with cerebral palsy, he faced challenges his entire life that he was determined to overcome.  He achieved anything that he set his mind to through shear determination and prayer.  He achieved more in his lifetime while dealing with a physical disability than some healthy people ever do. 
He attended Sumrall High School from 1973-1977.  Despite being physically unable to play, Wiley Ray always loved sports and found a way to participate.  He also knew every sports statistic there was.  During high school he was the manager for the Sumrall Bobcats Men’s Basketball team, who won a state championship in 1976.  In 2017, that very team was honored at Sumrall High School, and Wiley Ray was able to attend with his fellow teammates.  Upon graduation from Sumrall, he went on to attend Pearl River Community College where he was the manager for the Men’s Basketball team from 1978-1980.  He then went on to attend The University of Mississippi on a scholarship, where he would manage the basketball team and the football team, create life-long friends, and fond memories that he spoke of for the remainder of his life.  He graduated from Ole Miss in 1986.  Wiley Ray intently followed the Rebels in any sport and cheered them on from anywhere he may have been.  Toward the end of his earthly life, he often entertained his care givers with stories of his days at Ole Miss, and even turned a few of them into fans. Just weeks prior to his death, Ole Miss Alumni decided to make one more of Wiley’s dreams come true.  They organized an Angel Flight trip to the brand new Ole Miss Basketball Pavilion, where Wiley Ray was honored by fellow teammates as well as former coaches.  They gave him a ‘Homecoming” to Ole Miss that was, without a doubt, a major highlight of his life.
His love was sports, but his true passion in life was sharing the word of God to the best of his ability through his own form of ministry on the internet.  Wiley Ray was passionate about his love for the Lord and his amazing knowledge of scripture led to the beginning of a ministry blog that reached followers all over the world.  Upon his death, family members were contacted by Hebrew followers of Wiley Ray’s ministry.  They spoke of his scripture intellect and his knowledge of Hebrew.  No doubt he touched lives worldwide and those lives will forever be blessed.  Now we are celebrating the life he lived here on earth, and the Heavenly Homecoming he is now experiencing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Martin and Eva Wood Martin.  He is survived by one brother, Russ Martin (Debbie) of Sumrall and his nephew Chad Martin (Hope) of Sumrall and his family, and one uncle, Dr. John D. Morgan (Sharon) of Falling Waters, West Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to a scholarship fund that has been created in honor of Wiley Ray Martin at the following link:  

umf@olemiss.edu <mailto:umf@olemiss.edu>
The University of Mississippi Foundation Inc. 
406 University Ave.  Oxford, MS  38655             662-915-5944

Funeral Arrangements:
Saturday, April 14, 2018:  Visitation 10:00a.m.Funeral 1:00p.m. 
First Baptist Church, 169 Central Ave. Sumrall, MS  39482
Immediately following Funeral:
Christian Burial:  Military Baptist Church Cemetery: 1520 Oloh Rd, Sumrall, MS  39482