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.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2021.