logo logo

Wiley Sanders Messick

Wiley Sanders Messick was American lawyer. Bar: Alabama 1953, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1956. Recipient Distinguished Service award Small Business Administration, 1970, Equal Employment Opportunity award, 1980, Legion Merit, United States Air Force, 1981.


  • Messick, Wiley Sanders was born on March 5, 1929 in Troy, Alabama, United States. Son of Verbia Travis and Mary (Carter) Messick.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Alabama, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1953. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, 1956.


    • Member legal department Sonat, Birmingham, Alabama, 1954. Assistant to congress George Andrews United States House of Representatives, Washington, 1955-1956. Counsel Small Business Committee United States Senate, 1956-1961.

      Executive secretary, administrative assistant Senator John Sparkman, 1961-1967. Regional administrator Small Business Administration, Atlanta, 1967-1981, deputy regional administrator, 1981-1991, deputy district director, 1991-1993, acting regional administrator, 1993-1994. Retired, 1994

      Chairman Atlanta Federal Executive Board, 1987.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Alabama 1953, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1956.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Past chairman trustees Kings Bridge Retirement Home, Atlanta. Presbyterian elder; 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1950-1952, colonel United States Air Force Reserve, 1952-1981, retired, called to Small Business Administration active duty Florida Hurricanes, 2004, Alabama, 2005, Florida, 2006, Ohio floods, 2006. Member of Rotary.


    • Married Betty Dotson, June 18, 1955. Children: Mary Tallant, Sandy McClanahan, Carter Messick.
    • father: Verbia Travis Messick
    • mother: Mary (Carter) Messick
    • spouse: Betty Dotson
    • children: Mary Tallant Messick
    • Sandy McClanahan Messick
    • Carter Messick
    See on larger map
    Born March 5, 1929