Johnnie Riles III
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Johnnie Riles III, 59, of Hinesville departed this life on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Johnnie was born in Liberty County to loving parents, the late Johnnie Riles Jr. and Minnie Mikel Riles. Johnnie was highly accomplished and unforgettable. He was a recipient of two educational degrees, master's and doctorate. He was a member of Bethel AME Church where he also served as an ordained minister. He also worked as a high school basketball coach at Bradwell Institute. While in the Army, he served as a first lieutenant military chaplain.
His survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kelvin and Cher Riles of Houston, Texas; four brothers, Warren (Matilda) Riles of Midway, Carrol (Sylvia) Riles of Hinesville, Donald Riles of Hinesville and Larry Riles of Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters, Doris (Richard) Nero of Kansas City, Mo., and Carolyn (Donald) Brown of Hinesville; one grandson, Madison Riles; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Dorchester Funeral Home in Midway.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1370 Shaw Road, Hinesville. His Body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. for viewing until the hour of the service.
Dorchester Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Coastal Courier from May 14 to May 21, 2013.
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May 20, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this challenging time. We will always remember him and his loving and outgoing personality. RIP, Johnny.
Elayne & Chip Harper
May 19, 2013
To the bereaved family. May GOD continue to hold and bless you during this time. I always admired Johnnie. He had the strength and courage and likeness of baseball legend Jackie Robison.
Rufus Singleton
May 19, 2013
With Deepest Sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Arnita Varnedoe Jones
May 19, 2013
To the Riles Family: I never knew Johnnie, but after attending the service yesterday I know that he was a special person. It was especially gratifying to know that his son is picking up the mantle to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. May Johnnie rest in peace.
Min. Gloria Brown
May 18, 2013
To The Riles Family:
Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time.
RIP Johnnie, class of 72
Dorothy Quarterman
May 18, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I thank Johnnie for his unconditional support for me through some of the roughest times and for being my biggest fan. God Bless
Kirk & Kim Warner
May 17, 2013
Johnny my friend will be missed always keep you laughing.I saw him at won ton I said to him.Do you have a dollar I can get.He said I was about to ask me.I beat him to it.So he said can I get a hug.RIP.Johnny Riles.
Cynthia Harris
May 17, 2013
to larry and family tonnie and i send our condelencest to you and your family during your grief i know how you feel i also recently lost a brother
May 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rev. Pauline Green-Jones
May 17, 2013
May your journey on the other side be as adventurous and spiritual as it was here amongst the living. Prayers and love for the Riles family.
Ellen Donahue Lambert
May 17, 2013
“I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which comes out of my lips was right before thee.”
My heartfelt condolences to the Riles family. May God bless you and keep you.
Donnie Fennell
May 17, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Warren & Patricia Waye
May 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Riles family during this time of grief. May God bless and keep you during this time. Johnnie will be missed by me and my family. Johnnie was there when I preached my first sermon at Bethel and i will never forget the words of encouragement he gave to me that day. Riles Family keep looking to God as your guide and one day you will see your loved one again. The happy preacher is at rest with his heavenly father no pain or suffering only peace and happiness.
Rev. Terry Satterfield
May 17, 2013
My prayers are with the family.
Pamela Richardson-Griffin
May 17, 2013
My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Pamela Richardson-Griffin
May 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
RICKEY FABIAN
May 16, 2013
Wishing All of The Riles Family Prayers of Peace during this heartbreaking time. Our entire community mourns our loving friend Dr. Johnnie Riles III
Teresa Lynch-Stewart
May 16, 2013
Rest dear friend!
Jacquelyne Anderson James
May 16, 2013
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mr.& Mrs Corbin Wooding Sr
May 16, 2013
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Georgia & Jay Holliday
May 16, 2013
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, loves leaves a memory no one can steal. Wishing the family strength for today and comfort in the days ahead. God bless.
Michelle and Dana King
May 16, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
LaShauana Holland-Armstrong
May 16, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dorothy Anderson-Cooper
May 16, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maeona Evans
May 16, 2013
Thanks for everything you done for me Mr riles if it weren't for you I do know were I would be thanks my god bless your soul.
Montreal Cuthbert
May 16, 2013
my heart and prayers goes out for the Riles Family...May the Good Lord Bless you all...
Brenda Roberts
May 16, 2013
My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you. Johnnie and I were classmates. And I will always have those memories of him. He visited my family while lived in Washington DC. And I remember his love of checkers and chess. I could not beat him. My prayers are for strength for the family. Hold on to your faith and the good memories that you all share. Stay blessed.
Della Brewton
May 16, 2013
To the Riles Family:
May God Continue to Bless you, strenghten and keep you in your time of need. Be blessed Glenda & LeAndre Anderson
LeAndre Anderson
May 16, 2013
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
We know, to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord.
Our prayers and condolences go to the Riles family in your time of bereavement.
James Norwood
May 16, 2013
Carolyn and Larry ~ I send all of the positive energy possible for the two of you and your family durng this trying time. May you find peace and comfort as you need it. You are in my thoughts...
Laura Kay Way
May 15, 2013
For a "Man" who was known by all and never knew him,he was a loving man with a heart of GOLD... and would do anything for you.Johnnie "you" will be Missed so......
Suzanne johnson
May 15, 2013
My family and I are praying for each of you. Just know that God is able.
Deloris Mitchell
May 15, 2013
Well he was called home to be with our Lord prayers are with his family
karen clouse
May 15, 2013
Deepest sympathy to the Riles family. it's been a great privilege to have known Rev. Riles. Through him I was able to get a slot on air and for that I will be forever greatful. I will always have spiritual memories of him in my heart. He was such an inspiration to me. May God bless him and the family. Family, God will wipe away all tears, comfort,give you peace in such a time like this.

Pastor Emma Lowder
May 15, 2013
"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure."
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always but especially during the days and weeks ahead. May God continue to comfort and be with you is our prayer.
Sharon Hopkins Terry & Earline G. Malone
May 15, 2013
We extend our deepest sympathies to the Riles family, It has been a great privilege to have known Johnnie Riles -Or as we so affectionately called him the Rev. Dr.Riles, We will always have fond memories of Johnnie .May God bless and keep him in all Our hearts.
Robert &Barbara Young
May 15, 2013
May knowing you are in the hearts and thoughts of others, help you and yours through this time of sorrow.

Warm Regards
Anderson Family Reunion
May 15, 2013
To the Riles family; The good lord Reminds us all to be ready when he calls.
Charles Bacote
May 15, 2013
He was my teacher in the 4th grade, so cool...the girls loved him and the guys wanted to be like him. I'm glad he is finally at peace.
May 15, 2013
May He wrap His arms around you and remind you of all the wonderful memories you can reflect on. I know that Johnnie will be truly missed by all. Keep your head up, Jesus will comfort and see you through.
With Sympathy the Wright Family

Alphonso and Dorothy
May 14, 2013
To the Riles Family, we pray that God will keep you during these trying times. Keep your heads up and know that God is with you all each step you take, each moment of loneliness, or when you feel no one understands or cares. Don't hesitate to call on Him in your time of need because He is the true Father waiting to comfort His children when they seek His comfort and present. Jonnie will be missed!
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kearney & Family
May 14, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Prophet Otis and Prophetess Rebecca McIver Sr.
May 14, 2013
went to school with johnnie the old liberty high great guy condolences to the family
May 14, 2013
We are praying for the family. Continue to look unto the hills from which cometh your help - He promised to be a present help.
Min. & Elder Rhanes
May 14, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ms. Brenda Campbell
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