In Memory

Wiley Steed - Class Of 1968

Wiley Dockery Steed Sr. Steed

CMA Faculty 1062-1964 Spanish 

Dec 10, 1923 - Aug 23, 2018



MAXTON — Wiley Dockery Steed Sr., 94, of Maxton, known as the Western Auto Man of Maxton, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

Wiley, a son of the late Hubert Franklin Steed and Gladys Hamer Steed, was born Dec. 10, 1923 in Maxton. He was a World War II veteran who proudly served as a Navy Seal with the U.S. Navy. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the class of 1953 and began his career as an outstanding coach and teacher. He then continued his career as the owner and operator of the Western Auto of Maxton and Steed-Gwinn Hardware. Wiley was a lifetime member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where he loved serving as a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Maxton VFW and the American Legion.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Lula Shephard Steed; brothers, James Franklin Steed, and Harold Swaim Steed; and sisters, Thelma Steed Gwinn, and Adelene Steed Williams.

He is survived by his only child, Wiley "Dockery" Steed Jr.; and wife, Dina; and granddaughter, Sydney Marie Steed of Southport; along with his many nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in the Oak Grove Cemetery of Maxton.

Mr. Steed requested, in lieu of flowers, for memorials to be given in his memory to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 429, Maxton, N.C., 28364.

Services are entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.


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05/09/19 06:06 PM #1    

William Johnson (Johnson) (1968)

I was in the seventh grade when Dad purchased the funeral home in Laurinburg. He and mother always referred to it as the Shephard estate and I never made the connection when I had Lula Steed as my 7th and 8th grade teacher, that she was Lula Shephard Steed. The Obituary below is about Wiley and Lula's son, Dockery Steed or Wiley Dockery Steed, Jr.



SOUTHPORT — Wiley Dockery Steed, Jr., 51, of Southport, passed away on April 3, 2019.

Dockery was born Dec. 13, 1968, in Robeson County, North Carolina, to the late Wiley Dockery Steed Sr. and Lula Shephard Steed.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife Dina Steed, and daughter Sydney Marie Steed; and several cousins and extended family members and friends.

Dockery had worked in St. James for the last 20 years as a golf course superintendent.

The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 in the Peacock–Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel. The family will have visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton, North Carolina.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Diabetes Foundation at Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


Published in The Robesonian from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2019

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