By BNc Correspondent Kenneth Thomas

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BNc) — Dr. C. Wymer Wiser, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 21. He was a native of the Fairfield Community of Bedford County, Tenn., and the son of the late E. E. and Sarah Wiser.

Services were conducted by Ron Harper, Leamon Flatt and Cy Wiser, and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Laura F. Gribble Wiser, sons and daughters-in-law, Cy and Rhonda Wiser, Gary and Gayle Wiser, all of Murfreesboro; a brother, Vernon Wiser of Shelbyville; sisters Mildred Frazier of Murfreesboro and Eunice Driver of Wartrace; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Dr. J.E. Wiser, Dr. W.L. Wiser and father-in-law and mother-in-law, P.A. and Onia Gribble.

He began preaching in 1943, at the first service of the Mars Hill congregation in Rutherford County. His last regular preaching was at Beech Grove congregation in Coffee County, Tenn., and prior to that he preached at Fairfield congregation in Bedford County for 36 years.

He had preached for 65 years during the time he was teaching. He visited the senior citizens and those in the nursing homes, hospitals and home-bound.

At the time of his death he was member of Minerva Drive church, where he taught Bible classes and preached when the regular minister was away.

He attended David Lipscomb College. He received his B.S. degree from Harding, his M.A. from Peabody College and his PhD from Vanderbilt University.

He had taught at Jacksonville State University, Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University, and was a professor of biology at MTSU for 39 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus.

He was the driving force with the students of the Middle Tennessee Christian Center for MTSU students to give them a home away from home.

He regularly had students in his home for meals at the end of the semesters as well as the students from the Middle Tennessee Christian Center and clubs he sponsored. He loved young people, seeing their lives develop, and following their career.

Dr. Wiser was a member of several scientific organizations and served many years as advisor to the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society.

His hobbies were growing flowers and keeping his yard in immaculate condition.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us