Tater FosterWiley – Visitation and Services

4:3O p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2010Services for our good friend and blues musician Tater Foster Wiley, who performed every year on our  Sunflower River Blues Association acoustic stage and frequently at our Thanksgiving Eve fund-raiser at Ground Zero  will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Pilgrim’s Rest Church on New Africa Rd., (Highway 322) approximately a mile or so from Clarksdale, according to Woolf Funeral Home directors.Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in Clarksdale at Woolf Funeral Home, 761 McKinley (one block off Highway 61 North)Tater died Thursday at a Memphis Hospital where he had been hospitalized for several days in intensive care; Laura Mayfield and Shelley Ritter visited him there a week ago and reported that he was seriously ill and was not improving. For months Tater had been undergoing dialysis several days a week.Tater performed on the 23rd annual Sunflower Festival’s acoustic stage in the Civic Auditorium Saturday, Aug. 7, with John Ruskey as M/C. Later he and his signature kick drew applause from the Main Stage audience Saturday night when he performed with Jimbo Mathus.

Updated 9/13/10

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS (per Tater’s brothers Joshua and Joe Wiley)


  Monday, September 13, 2010

  2pm – 6pm

  Woolf Funeral Home

  761 Mckinley St.

  Clarksdale, MS 38614

  662-624-2025 / 662-624-2522 (more info)

  Wilbert D. Phillips, funeral director


   Tuesday, September 14, 2010


   Vincent Productions

   313 Issaquena

   downtown Clarksdale, MS 38614



  Procession to cemetery, etc. immediately following the funeral.

  Pilgrim’s Rest Church

  Directions: From 161 North State Street (headed away from “Crossroads” marker and toward

  Kroger), turn left on New Africa Road (by the McDonalds) going toward Roundaway. Drive

  approximately “3-4 miles to old church on right” (painted white).

Reception/blues jam:

   Tuesday, September 14, 2010


   Vincent Productions

   313 Issaquena

   downton Clarksdale, MS 38614



Donations: Can be accepted at the Reception above, or… 

Per the family, please mail checks in Mr. Tater’s brother’s name, “Joshua Wiley”; he is temporarily covering the funeral expenses:

   Joshua Wiley

   4123 Farmview Dr.

   Nashville, TN 37218   615-498-0244 / 615-876-9449 (questions)

the Music Maker Foundation has minted a special edition CD “The Best of Mr. Tater: The Greatest Music Maker Alive”  — purchase of which helps defray costs of the funeral for Tater’s brothers Joshua & Joseph.   You can find copies of this CD for $15 at the Delta Blues Museum or at Cat Head Music & Arts, both in downtown Clarksdale.  Call them today and order some of Tater’s music and help his family out.