September 12 1938 February 10 2020
Bobby Joe Wiley September 12, 1938 – February 10, 2020 Share this obituary Send Flowers View/Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card Bobby Joe Wiley, age 81, was born September 12, 1938 in Jackson County, Tennessee to the late Clarence and Sarah Lou (Mayberry) Wiley. Bobby spent his youth living in both Cookeville, Tennessee and Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Detroit’s Central High School in 1956, where his passions were football, baseball, basketball and volleyball. Even though he graduated from a Detroit school, his love for middle Tennessee and the southeast in general only grew more endearing the longer he was away. Bobby entered a life-long career in law enforcement when he joined the Detroit Police Department in 1961. However, shortly after joining the police department and completing the Detroit Police Academy, he was drafted by the US Army. Based on his civilian profession, he became a Military Police Officer and was sent to Germany, where he would meet the love of his life, Ilse Mangl. As Bobby’s enlistment was coming to an end, he and Ilse decided to get married prior to leaving Germany. The young couple was betrothed on November 6, 1963, just prior to Bobby’s military discharge and return trip to the United States. Upon returning home, Bobby resumed his work with the Detroit Police Department. Due to his positive attitude and exemplary work ethic, he spent many years assigned to the Tactical Mobile Unit, which was a specialized team that concentrated patrol efforts in high crime areas. He received countless awards for bravery and service above and beyond the call of duty. Early in life, he developed a passion for the outdoors, especially raising and training bird dogs, specifically English Setters and English Pointers, and hunting Bobwhite Quail. He often said that his love for the sport was so great that simply watching a well-trained bird dog in the field was one of his greatest delights. In 1968, Bobby entered Federal law enforcement service as a Special Agent with the IRS – Alcohol Tax Unit (ATU), the agency which would later become the modern day Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). His first post of duty was in Somerset, Kentucky, where he fondly remembered chasing bootleggers throughout the south-central Kentucky hills. In 1970, Bobby and Ilse decided that it was time to start a family and Steve came along shortly thereafter. Realizing that Steve needed a sibling and a best friend, David came along in 1973. In 1976, the ATF decided that Bobby’s talents were needed in the Cincinnati, Ohio Field Office, and the family moved to Florence, Kentucky, where they lived until Bobby’s retirement. During his time in northern Kentucky, he developed a passion for watching his boy’s play sports at Boone County High School and became an avid fan of University of Kentucky basketball and University of Tennessee football. His love of the two college teams was often a joking point of contention with his northern co-workers, and friendly sports wagers were always had. Bobby worked numerous high-profile cases, including successfully investigating and prosecuting several explosives and arson incidents, in addition to multiple firearms related offenses. Bobby retired from ATF, with honors, as a Senior Special Agent on December 31, 1989. Upon retirement from the ATF, Bobby, Ilse, Steve and David moved back to his beloved Cookeville, Tennessee. He and Ilse were delighted when Steve married Vicki Lee Prater in 1993, and even happier when his grandchildren Aaron “Tyler” and Haylee Nicole were born a few years later. The family grew even more when David married Angel Buchanan in 2001, and brought additional grandchildren Ulrich Holden and Aiden Thatcher shortly after. During retirement, Bobby and Ilse enjoyed spending time with their beloved friends, family and their grandchildren. Bobby spent several of his retirement years working as a security guard with Russell Stover Candies in Cookeville. Bobby was extremely proud that both his boys would follow in his career footsteps, both starting in local law enforcement. He was even more delighted when both made the jump to ATF, with Steve starting in Memphis, Tennessee in 1999, and David starting in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2001. To Bobby’s delight, both Steve and David became Senior Special Agents and plan on retiring from ATF with distinguished careers. Just prior to Bobby and Ilse’s 50th wedding anniversary, he lost his beloved Ilse, who passed away on May 26, 2013. He fondly described Ilse as the finest woman he ever met and the only woman he ever loved. Bobby departed this life to rejoin the love of his life Ilse in heaven on February 10, 2020. He is survived by sons Steve (Vicki Lee), of Toney, Alabama, David (Angel) of Hayden, Alabama; grandchildren Aaron Tyler and Haylee Nicole, both of Toney, Alabama, and Ulrich and Thatcher, both of Hayden, Alabama; brothers Elmer (Dorothy), of Houston, Texas and R.B., of Cookeville, Tennessee; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilse; his parents, Clarence and Sarah Lou; a brother, Eunice; and sisters Beulah Wright and Bessie Allen. Funeral services to be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Stan Wilson and Bro. Dow Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Smyrna Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 4:00-9:00pm and Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 12:00Noon till time of the service at 2:00pm. Family & Friends will serve as pallbearers. Services will be held at Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tennessee, who will be in charge of arrangements. SERVICES Funeral Service Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:00 PM Whitson Funeral Home – Cookeville Chapel 30 N. Dixie Avenue Cookeville, Tennessee 38501 Get Directions on Google Maps Print Obituary
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