Avery Ashley ‘Buddy’ Wiles, 64, of Hampstead, went to be with his Lord on Sunday morning, June 26, 2016. He was surrounded by his family and had endured a long struggle with hereditary hemochromatosis, which eventually caused cancer.
Buddy was born May 9, 1952, in Bristol, Va., a son of Avery Ashland Wiles, and his wife, Lynda, and his late mother, Edith Louise Wolfe. He was raised in Beaver View Baptist Church of Bristol, Va., where he was saved and baptized.
After living in Virginia, Florida and North Carolina, he chose to settle in the quiet community of Hampstead. In his earlier years, following in his father’s footsteps, his career consisted of building residential and commercial projects in all areas where he lived.
Buddy’s love and affection for the ocean, fishing, boating and friends brought he and his family to beautiful Wrightsville Beach and surrounding areas. In his later years he became and remains an icon at Wrightsville Beach and Surf City, as the owner of Buddy’s Crab House and Oyster Bar. He gave the community a gathering place featuring fun, food and laughter. He was a major contributor to many different charities and hosted fundraisers for autism, cancer, and especially the Hampstead Community at Christmas.
Buddy loved his family which includes his loving wife of 37 years, Karen Denise Wiles; three sons, Dion Wiles, and his wife, Wells, Matthew Brady Wiles and Matthew Shaun McGrady; and daughter, Shannon Dawn Slone, and her husband, Jason; two sisters, Sheila Wilson, and her husband, Clyde, and Debbie Hannon; five grandchildren, Grayson, Jasmine and Graham Wiles and Cameron and Landon Slone; one niece, many nephews and many, many more friends whom he loved.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Scotts Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Stephen Talbert and David Wilson of Bristol, Va., officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Sealawn Memorial Park at Hampstead. Pallbearers will be Scott Hannon, Todd Hannon, Mike Snyder, Mike Williams, Brian Chambers and Jeremy Owens. Timothy Raines, a longtime friend, will be an honorary pallbearer.
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