April 1939 -- March 1993
Floyd Wiley was a native Tulsan who taught music, voice and elementary education at Beggs and Tulsa Public Schools for 23 years and served both Mt. Rose Baptist Church and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as a music minister.
Wiley was widely known in gospel music circles as a singer, composer, director, arranger, pianist, organist and accompanist. Like Flash Terry, he was widely known and celebrated in Tulsa.
Wiley attended elementary school in Tulsa, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1957, and received a degree in music from Langston University. A child prodigy, Floyd learned to play the piano by the age of three and played for Paradise Baptist Church as its youngest musician ever. He played for weddings, funerals and reunions all over the United States and won acclaim as an accompanist for singers like Mahalia Jackson and Reverend James Cleveland. He worked with the late Thomas A. Dorsey for three years at National Singing Convention Workshops in Chicago, St. Louis and Oklahoma City. Wiley served for four years in the U. S. Army and organized gospel choirs in that environment. After being discharged, he joined Mt. Rose as minister of music. He later became a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist church, where he played for the Master’s Choir, Missionettes, Mission Chorus, Special Edition, Pastor’s Choir, Brotherhood Chorus and the L. L. Tisdale Singers. Wiley died in March 1993.