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Clifford Wiley McCrary Jr.

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Clifford Wiley McCrary Jr. Obituary
Jr. Clifford Wiley McCrary Jr., "Wiley", of Savannah and formerly of Atlanta, died Thursday, August 9, 2018. He was the eponymous BBQ chef/owner of Wiley's Championship BBQ on Whitemarsh Island, Savannah. He was 71.

Wiley was born in Atlanta on October 22, 1946. He was the son of Clifford Wiley McCrary and Frances Fair McCrary.

He graduated from North Fulton High School in Atlanta, where he catered many reunions. Wiley continued his education at Georgia Southwestern in Americus, where he founded the Sigma Nu Alpha (now Kappa Sigma) fraternity.

For the next 16 years, Wiley worked for Massey and Fair Food Brokers in Atlanta, which was started by his grandfather in 1929.

In 1983, Wiley followed his true passion and made his career in BBQ. For many years thereafter, Wiley owned a BBQ catering company in Atlanta and competed nationally on the professional BBQ circuit, where he won many awards including several state championships.

In 2005, he moved with his wife Janet Morgan McCrary to Savannah and later founded the nationally renowned Wiley's Championship BBQ restaurant. Wiley also wrote a cookbook entitled "BBQ Secrets Old Men Take to the Grave", the 2014 BBQ Book of the year by the National BBQ News.

Wiley was predeceased by his sister, Frances "Taddy" Jacobs, and his daughter Elizabeth McCrary.

He is survived by his devoted wife Janet; his sons, Clifford McCrary and Ben Morgan; his daughter, Julie McCrary Rogers; and many grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, August 15 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel, Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wiley's name to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr., Savannah, GA 31406 or Operation BBQ Relief, P.O. Box 3825, Shawnee, KS 66203.

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McCrary, C. Wiley
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2018
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