Pastor Jim Wiley, longtime resident Elsie Boutch honored with proclamations by council
By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
FARMERSVILLE – Two long-time residents were honored at the Aug. 13 Farmersville City Council meeting. Reverend Jim Wiley is retiring after numerous years of service to the community and Elsie Boutch, a Farmersville resident since 1952, celebrated reaching the milestone of 100 years.
Wiley has lived in Farmersville his entire life. He grew up playing baseball and swimming in local creeks. In 1976 he became the pastor at Calvary Holiness Church located in Farmersville. He became involved with the Kiwanis and was a member of the board for Outside Creek School. The aquatics center being built at Farmersville High School will be named in honor of him. Sept. 9 was proclaimed “Jim Wiley Day” by the Farmersville City Council.
“He will be sorely missed, not just by Farmersville, but by Tulare County,” Mayor Paul Boyer said.
Wiley also spent countless hours visiting the sick as a chaplin at Kaweah Delta Hospital. His nephew Dan Wiley said, “He never turned off his phone. If someone needed him at two in the morning he was there. He loves people. He is more concerned with helping people than having a great message. He never stopped. He isn’t just Mr. Farmersville, he is Mr. Tulare County. His emphasis is on love. He walks the walk.”
Meanwhile, Boutch has lived in town for more than 60 years. She helped start a church in the Cameron Creek Colony and has attended Eastside Tabernacle for many years. Many of which were spent teaching Sunday School.
Mayor Pro Tem Matt Sisk said, “She has spent many years keeping brats out of trouble, including myself.”
Boutch and her late husband Chuck were the original owners of the Snak Shak located on Visalia Road. She has also spent many years singing with the Johnson Sisters. Aug. 4 was declared Elsie Boutch Day.