Wiley Lyons Mossy Jr.

January 30, 1923October 14, 2020

Wiley Lyons Mossy, Jr. died of natural causes at his home in Houston, on Wednesday, the 14th of October, surrounded by his family, at the age of 97.

He was born on the 30th of January 1923, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Marguerite and Wiley Mossy.

Wiley graduated from Jesuit High School and Tulane University. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II in the Pacific Theater, where he adopted his motto that he lived with, “an angel on the yardarm.”

Wiley was married to Jane Alice Potts for 60 years. They lived in New Orleans until 1970, at which time they relocated to Houston. Wiley was a lifelong car dealer, with businesses in New Orleans, Houston, and San Diego.

Wiley was a man of deep faith, strong principles and quiet generosity.

Wiley was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his son, Wiley III and grandsons Chad Kelly and John Mossy. He is survived by his sons Philip and his wife Julie, David and his wife Lisa, Peter and his wife Sandy, and his daughters, Carol York and her husband Skipper, and Beth Watt and her husband Jim; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great, great-grandchildren.

The family gathered for a private Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, which was followed by a Rite of Committal at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Wiley’s name be directed to MD Anderson Cancer Center, c/o the Development Office, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210.


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Rochelle Angel-Kyle

October 21, 2020

A dapper man who sat in the pew behind me. One day I decided to introduce myself and we became St Michael friends. I will miss seeing Wiley & David at mass.

Don Aron

October 19, 2020

To the Wiley Family.
You dad and grandfather was a fine gentle man. We knew each other for many years from early in the mornings at the Houstonian club. We would great each other with a smile and a kind word. You should be proud to know that he established a wonderful model for his family. Condolences to your entire family. I will miss seeing him.
Don Aron

Manny Emami

October 19, 2020

I am saddened to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


maurice potts

October 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working on a Bank Board with Wiley in the 80's. An astute businessman and a real gentleman. My deepest condolences to the family.

Nancy Rutherford

October 18, 2020

I met Wiley at St. Michael’s where he attended mass with David every single week. We became fast friends and I loved hearing stories about his career in the Navy; he taught me a lot. Wiley was a loving, honest man who loved his children and grandchildren. He had a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. I am so sorry to hear this and wish I could have had more time with him. Beth, David, and all, he will be in my thoughts and prayers along with you and your siblings. Nancy Rutherford

Jeb Bashaw

October 18, 2020

Wiley was one of the greatest gentlemen I have ever met. He was a devout Catholic and a wonderful mentor to me. I appreciated his candor and his sense of humor. He will be missed.

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