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Brother Bill Riley

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Funeral Services will be held for Brother Bill Riley, 75, of Ruston, Louisiana on Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:00 noon, at Mays Chapel C.M.E. Church, Ruston, Louisiana. Interment will follow at Grambling Memorial Gardens, Grambling, Louisiana. The family will receive friends at Our Christain Funeral Home on Friday, February 11, 6:00-8:00p.m. Bill Riley was the 3rd oldest child born to the late Emmanuel and Mandy Huey Riley on March 19, 1935 in Bienville Parish. On February 7, 2011, God in his infinite wisdom called his servant from labor to reward at the Glenwood Medical Center of West Monroe, Louisiana. Brother Riley accepted Christ at an early age and was affiliated with New Prosperity Baptist Church of Castor, Louisiana. He later united with Mays Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Ruston, Louisiana where he served for many years as Sunday School Teacher. Brother Riley attended school at Lincoln High School (Class of 1952) and Grambling State University. Brother Riley received an honorary discharge from the United States Army after serving twenty years. He also worked for Lincoln Parish School System as bus driver for nineteen years and entrepreneur (notary, alternator repair, concessions, etc.). Brother Riley has served as Lincoln Council on Aging Board Member (instrumental in assisting with purchase of its new location), Alderman for City of Ruston(eight years), Lincoln Total Community Action Agency Board Member, Lincoln Community Credit Union Counseling Committee, Washington Heights Recreation Committee, Ruston Voter’s League, Paramount Social and Civic Club, and Ruston Bi-Racial Committee. Preceding him in death was his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Brother Riley is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Willie Jean Riley; three sons, Robert Foston, Torrance, California; Daron (Linda) and Dennis Riley, Houston, Texas. A special son, W. Ramone Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas; One daughter, Debra (Louis) Wright of Ruston, Louisiana. A special daughter, Funsha Snowden. Two grandchildren, Mareo Riley, Sr., Houston, Texas; Mariah Foston, Torrance, California; two great grandchildren, Mareo Riley, Jr., Ruston, Louisiana; Kadyn Riley (Houston, Texas). Mother-in-Law, Vera Hopkins, Ruston, Louisiana. Special Brother-in-Law, Daniel L. Hopkins. Godchildren: Corey Coppage, Sharonda Goldsmith, Chad Hamlin, Renee Overstreet, and Jacaure’ Bell, Sr. A host of loving and caring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A very special family friend, Carolyn Cage. Brother Riley was always committed to family values with focus on the care and concerns for our youth. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. However, we all must remember that God is too wise to make a mistake and too fair to be unjust.

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