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1015 W Wolfe St.
P.O. Box 543
Grand Saline, TX 75140
Phone: 903-962-3333
Fax: 903-962-3651
Wiley Garland III

Wiley L. Garland III

Saturday, September 18th, 1937 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Wiley L. Garland, III was loved and appreciated by generations in his community for his willingness to help them find solutions to their financial needs. He had a quick wit and a big heart and he will be missed dearly by his family, who adored him.

Wiley was born in Grand Saline, Texas September 18, 1937 to Genelle Hopkins and Wiley Lee Garland, Jr. He graduated from Grand Saline High School in 1956 where he was an outstanding athlete. He attended SMU on a baseball scholarship. While there, he was President of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he made lifelong friendships.

After graduating from college, Wiley entered the banking business in Dallas. He returned to his hometown and began his long career at the First National Bank of Grand Saline. In 1965, he thwarted a gun-wielding bank robber by repeatedly punching him in the face. His heroics received acclaim from the press and commendation from the FBI.

Wiley also worked many years at Citizens National Bank, served on the board of Southside Bank, was in the oil and gas business, in the cattle and ranching business, and developed real estate.

The Grand Saline community benefited from decades of Wiley’s leadership. He served on the Grand Saline ISD School Board for 18 years, with several terms as president, Chairman of the Cosby-Germany Hospital Board, Chairman of the Grand Saline Economic Development Board, Chairman of the Woodside Cemetery Board, and was an honorary member of the Grand Saline Rodeo Association.  He was the 1965 Grand Saline Man of the Year, and received recognition from the Texas Bankers Association for 50 Years of Banking.

Wiley was an avid hunter his entire life, loving quail hunting above all other forms of the sport. It gave him great joy from working his dogs, hearing a covey rise, and making the perfect wing shot.

Survivors include his beloved wife Barbara of Grand Saline; children Susan Garland Allison and husband Gordon of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Leanne Garland Hudson and husband Floyd from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wiley Lane Garland and wife Sundy of Pittsburg, Texas, Leanne Rogers Browning and husband Johnathon of Flint, Texas; and seven grandchildren, Gordon Allison, Jr, Garland Allison, Caitlyn Garland, Guyton Garland, Katherine Barlow, Matthew Barlow, and Landrey Browning.

Services for Wiley are scheduled for 11 am, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Main Street Baptist Church, Bro. Eddie Paul Stanley officiating. A private family graveside service will follow at Woodside Cemetery, under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

If desired, memorials would be greatly appreciated by Woodside Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Bartley Funeral Home
    Address
    1015 West Wolfe
    GRAND SALINE, TX 75140
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Main Street Baptist Church
    Address
    313 North Main Street
    GRAND SALINE, TX 75140
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  • Interment

    Location
    Woodside Cemetery
    Address
    Hwy 17 North & High Street
    GRAND SALINE, TX 75140
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John R. Huff Jr.

Posted at 05:28am
I express condolence on behalf of my family ( Huff ) and maternal ( Tunnell ) . Wiley's Grandfather Dr. W.L. Garland delivered me when I was born and was our family doctor. The Huff, Tunnell, and Darnell families were long time friends of the Garland Family.
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Mike LANGRAN

Posted at 04:23pm
We became friends when he began working out at Mother Francis fitness center. We found out that we have the same birthdays (same year and date,09/18/1937). I enjoyed talking and knowing to him very much. I have been missing for a few weeks and just found out he had passed away. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Thanks for the memories, Wiley, truly yours Mike Langran.
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Avonne Green

Posted at 05:24pm
Susan Leeann and Lane. This is Avonne Bailey Grren one on Marvins twins. I did not get to make the services today but i wanted you kid as to know how very sorry i am for the loss of ur dad. He was one of my families dearest friends. My dad liced him like a brother. They made many fond memories . Your dad rescued our family many times during somexreally dark days. I will never forget his kindness for the love and support he lended to my dad. I know in days to come there will be many things that yall eill remember and share wirh each other. Prayers to yall and ur families in days to come. I prayer for comfort and peace. The end of an era for many people.
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Posted at 12:28pm
So sorry to hear of Wiley’s passing. He was a true friend to Joe and my family. He helped me so much when Joe passed. I like to think Wiley and Joe are in heaven following those bird dogs. They enjoyed each other’s company so much. May God make the grieving time easy for you and your family. We all will miss him so much. Frances Dawson and family.
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The Barlows

Posted at 06:39pm
Barbara, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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