Dr. Wiley Richards Boyles Jr.
Published 7:51 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Dr. Wiley Richard Boyles, Jr., age 86, of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Dr. Boyles was born in LaGrange, Georgia, on April 26, 1931, and was a graduate of LaGrange High School. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War stationed in Casablanca, he attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and met his wife to be. He also attended Emory University, the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Boyles started his career working at Fort Rucker, Alabama, training helicopter pilots for their missions in Vietnam. In 1970, he was named one of the first professors at Auburn University’s new campus in Montgomery – AUM. Dr. Boyles continued his career at AUM becoming the dean of the school of sciences and vice chancellor for research and development. He finished his career at Auburn’s main campus as a professor in the Lowder School of Business. He received the Professor Emeritus Award from Auburn in 1995. Dr. Boyles also founded a consulting firm, W.R. Boyles and Associates, validating standardized testing methods and fair hiring practices. He retired in 1998.
A lifelong Presbyterian, Dr. Boyles was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia for the last 15 years and was active in other churches serving as an Elder and Treasurer at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, Alabama, Head Usher and Stewardship Chair at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama and served on the New Church Organizing Committee for Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama, before becoming a member there.
Wiley was an avid fisherman and for over 20 years made an annual fishing trip to the North Georgia Mountains with the same group of friends every year. He could often be found listening to great jazz music and even enjoyed the classical music realm when boating on Lake Martin in Alabama. While his golf game was never perfect, he loved the being on the golf course with friends and family.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Macalyn Wyche Boyles; his three sisters and parents, Wiley Sr. and Lottie Hammett Boyles.
He is survived by his children, Robert Carter – Bob – (Janey) Boyles of Cumming, Georgia and Richard Clay Boyles of Johns Creek, Georgia; granddaughter, Jennifer Stewart (Mac) and great-grandchildren Ally Stewart and Dawson Stewart also of Cumming, Georgia and many other loving nieces and nephews, friends and other relatives.
A celebration of life service for Dr. Boyles will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Dr. Wiley to the Montreat Scholarship Fund at Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com