Willis Riley

Willis Lee Riley Sr.

June 3, 1934 - April 25, 2020
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Willis Lee Riley, Sr., of Conway, went to be with the Lord on April 25, 2020, at the age of 85.

Willis was born on June 3, 1934, in Cedar Glades, Arkansas to Thomas Henry and Lena Pauline (Winter) Riley. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock. He enjoyed gardening, canning, and visiting with family and friends. He retired after eighteen years at the University of Central Arkansas. 

He is survived by the mother of his children, Joyce Riley; two sons, Willis Lee Riley, Jr (Sheila Owen Riley) of Rogers; Robert Charles Riley, Sr. (Patty Dobbs Riley) of Conway; two daughters, Lillie Riley York of Mayflower; Diane Riley Flory (Stephen) of Plumerville; one brother, Lewis Edward Riley of Exeter, California; ten grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Nelson, Curtis and Ralph Riley.

Due to the current health crisis, services will be private at Cypress Valley in Vilonia, Arkansas Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Holmes, Bishop Joel Holmes, Pastor Keith Morris and Brother Waylon Emerson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Robert Riley, Jr., Joshua Riley, Ryne Stone, Zachary Crawford, Stephen Flory, Dustin Gerbig, Dennis Park, Robert Riley, III and Travis Howell.

Services are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home 1134 Main Street Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign the online guestbook at
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    Cypress Valley Cemetery
    114 Stanley Road
    VILONIA, AR 72173
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Nita Riley

Posted at 09:13am
I have planted a tree in your honor, I am sure you would approve since you loved the outdoors and gardening. I remember the times when I was a child when you visited our parents. When you attended my High School Graduation and when your kids were born..I affectionally remember you and Aunt Joyce. I know you will be missed by your family and friends. Rest in the Everlasting Arms. Nita Gail and family

Nita Gail Riley

Posted at 08:33am
Thanks for the memories of being a good Uncle when I was a child. Warm thoughts to your family
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