Mr. Riley died on Friday, November 21, 2008, at 6:40 p.m., at his home following a long illness.
Mr. Riley was born on October 30, 1935, in Dawson Springs. He was the son of the late Elmer Lee and Nina Inez Cantrell Riley.
Mr. Riley was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War; was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion; he lived in Vallejo, Calif., after retirement; then in 2001 he moved to Eddyville then to Cadiz, where he purchased the Lakeland Jamboree, but has since sold. He was known for playing the juice harp and being a singer and comedian. He designed and made several quilts illustrating the Cherokee nation and tribes. He also taught himself the Cherokee language and recorded the song, “Amazing Grace,” in Cherokee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, B.L. Riley.
Survivors include two sisters, Wanda Jo Drennan of Orange College, Calif., and Betty Dobbs of Aransas Pass, Texas; six nieces, June Bregg, Gloria Pollick and Debbie Drennan of Calif., Nancy D’Herde, Beverly J. Cooper and Ann Dobbs Wilson, all of Texas; a nephew, Robert C. Dobbs, Jr., of Texas; and an uncle, Dudley Riley of Dawson Springs.