Henry Louis Riley
1931 - 2021
{ "" }
Share Henry's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
MEBANE - Mr. Henry Louis Riley was born in Orange County, NC on July 9, 1931 to the late Mr. John and Mrs. Minervia Cousin Riley.

Mr. Henry was preceded in death by his parents and all eleven of his siblings, John William Riley, Jr., Walter "Toots" Riley, Charles Riley, Eddie Howard Riley, Martha Swann, Mary Johnson, Carrie Bell Stevens, Lonnie Riley Swann, David Riley, Gracie Johnson and Vernon "Bunny" Riley.

Henry was educated in the Orange County public school system. His highlights were playing bingo and doing crossword puzzles. Henry joined Hunter's Chapel A.M.E. church as a young child and spent his entire life in service to his church. Henry served on many boards at the church such as the Usher Board (He ushered every Sunday), Trustee, Custodian and took care of the lawn. He was a Mason for many years even carried the title of "Man of the year".

Henry had an infectious smile, a humble spirit and loveable arms for all children. He enjoyed a hearty plate of good food; you could find him at "Tommy's" on any given day.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories are his niece Minervia M. Riley of the home in which she was his caretaker for 30 years along with three in-laws and a host of nieces and nephews.

A special Thanks to Paige and Nate Anderson, Hospice Home of Alamance County, Angelia Swann and Leroy and Marie Stevens.

There will be a public viewing held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12:00pm until 7:00pm at the Sharpe Funeral Home. Covid-19 precautions will be observed; therefore, masks and social distancing are required for all events.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Professional services entrusted to and provided by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2021.
12:00 - 07:00 PM
Funeral services provided by
Order by phone: (866) 764-7853
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Sharpe Funeral Home Inc
Not sure what to say?
5 entries
April 8, 2021
A down to earth good man. He will be missed around Mebane.
Larry Wilkerson
April 7, 2021
Mr. Henry will truly be missed. He and Mr. Bunny were to of the sweetest men you ever wanted to too meet. But now they are laughing having a good time with the rest of this family in heaven. May you rest in heaven Mr. Henry may you continue to ride your .
Lisa Bigelow
April 7, 2021
I knew Mr. Riley as my patient at Walmart Pharmacy. I adored this man. Yes, as the obituary said, he was "man of the year" or in my opinion, of all time. He was like all others should be like. A very kind, friendly, and patient man. He always had a genuine smile. I knew all my customers before they came up, including him. He was one of my favorites. I could see his service of God showing through him. You don't have to ask anyone, you can see it shining through people. He will definitely have a crown of jewels in his heavenly home. I am thinking of all of you at this time. Vicky Arrington, Burlington
Vicky Arrington
April 5, 2021
Im so sorry to hear, Minerva. He was the friendliest soul I have ever known. Stephen and I are praying.
Barry Yarbrough
April 4, 2021
Our entire community will miss this sweet man. God loves you Mr. Henry!
Jimmy Oldham
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences