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1934 Willis 2020

Willis Lee Riley

June 3, 1934 — April 25, 2020

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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