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Frank Riley November 18, 1928 - December 2, 2018

Tisdale-Lann Memorial

Memory Frank Riley, 90, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2018, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of Nettleton, he was born on November 18, 1928, in Itawamba County to Memory C. and Blanche Copeland Riley. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School, was employed by the railroad for three years, farmed for six years and owned a service station for thirty-two years. Frank was a member of the Nettleton First United Methodist Church for seventy-seven years and was on a number of committees. He was a member of the Nettleton Lions Club for fifty-eight years, was on a number of club committees and was a lion of the year five times. He enjoyed his cows, bailing hay, farming, and being with his family. In his younger years, he and his older brother hunted and rode good saddle horses. Survivors include two sons, Mem Riley of Nettleton and Tim Riley (Amy) of Plantersville; five grandchildren, Micheal Blaine Riley (Kathy), Brooke Williams (Jonathan), Neely Walker (Nathan), Alex Riley (Kacey), Molly Perkins (Nathaniel); eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister-in-law, Doris Bryan of Nettleton; two brother-in-laws, Jerry Rakestraw (Linda) and James Allen Malone (Joyce), all of Nettleton; a special friend, Sara Earnest of Nettleton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Gay Sisk Riley; his parents; three brothers, Clifton, Mayfield, & Reed Riley; three sisters-in-law, Faye, Winifred, & Pat Riley; one brother-in-law, Jim Bryan.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time for services at the church. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Nettleton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan and the Rev. Cecil Locke officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Pallbearers will be Alex Riley, James Malone, Mike Riley, Matt Rakestraw, Mark Rakestraw, Larry Yeager. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Nettleton Lions Club, his Sunday school class, & his coffee shop group. Memorials may be made to The Nettleton First United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858 and The Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.


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    Connie & Phil Frye says

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet man and always so kind to us. He will be greatly missed.

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    Jerome Walls says

    Frank Riley will truly be missed by me, and I hope to see him again one day. Rest in peace sir, because you have truly touched our lives; and to the family I wish to express my deepest sympathy, Mr. Frank will always be in our hearts.

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    Jerome Walls says

    you will be truly missed, you were always a man to be looked up to, and one of a few that made a difference in my life; rest in peace, I hope to see you again someday.

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    Connie anf Britt Long says

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

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    Donna Row Blackburn says

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Frank Riley. I use to do business with him when he had his service station. Always a pleasant and sweet person.

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