Wiley C. Bumgarner is a native of Haywood County, North Carolina. He was born in Waynesville, North Carolina on March 22, 1919.
Wiley is the son of the late Julius Pinkney Bumgarner and Julia Lanning Bumgarner. Wiley had seven brothers, all older than he and two sisters. One sister, who is still living, is younger than he is. His brothers and older sister are all deceased.
Wiley grew up on a small farm during the Great Depression. He worked several years as a construction worker before serving in the U.S. Navy throughout World War II.
After the War, Wiley attended Mars Hill College, Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Arizona State University.
Wiley has pastored Baptist churches, has taught history and English, and has served as a realtor.
Wiley lives with his wife, Hazel, to whom he has been married since February 17, 1946. They reside in Crawfordville, Florida.
Wiley and Hazel have one son, Barry, and three grandchildren.