Arthur Wiley Jr. was posthumously entered into the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Circle of Honor in the North Carolina Region recently.
The North Central Chapter nominated Wiley for the award. He served as president of the region in 1974 and served as president of the North Central Chapter for many terms.
He was also a charter member of the North Central Chapter.
Wiley served as secretary/ treasurer of the North Carolina Region from 1961 through 1965.
Randy Stone, president of the North Carolina Region, presented the award to Wiley’s daughter Shelby Ricks, who was accompanied by her husband Lemuel Ricks, her daughter Marlo Williams, and her son-inlaw Garrett Williams.
The Circle of Honor is the highest award to be achieved at the state level.
This year marked the inaugural presentation of the Circle of Honor award.
“Our club was honored to nominate him as being one of the first to enter into this elite group of people,” Donald Oakley, vice president of the North Central Chapter, said. “One person was selected from each chapter in the North Carolina Region.
“We were honored that Arthur’s family was able to attend and receive this well-deserved award on his behalf,” Oakley added. “He was so dedicated to the national AACA, North Carolina Region and the local North Central Chapter for 60-plus years.
“It was stated during the award presentation that Arthur Wiley probably knew more about T-model and A-model Fords than anybody else in the state of North Carolina,” Oakley continued.
“If he were still with us, he would have been overwhelmed with the statewide recognition on his behalf.”