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02/06/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Don Riley

Donald Bennett Riley
(25 June 1934 - 25 Jan 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There's still more sad news this Monday.    Don Riley, Class of 1952, brother of the late Arvernia Riley Moody (d. 12 Nov 1997), passed away at home in Newport News on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the age of 82.

From the Daily Press - 02/06/17:

                     Donald Bennett Riley
      NEWPORT NEWS - Donald Bennett Riley, 82, died Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, at his home in Newport News, Va.

Don was born June 25th, 1934, in Newport News, Va., and was a lifelong area resident. Don attended Newport News High School, and was a graduate of William & Mary. He was a Certified Public Accountant, and a Professor Emeritus with Christopher Newport University. In his retirement, he also worked as an Accounting Professor at Chowan University.

Don is survived by his nieces, Donna Wood (husband Raynard) and Dorothy Edward. He is also survived by a nephew, L. Ernest Moody (wife Susan), Jr., 3 great nieces, Chera, Jessica and Brittany, and 1 great nephew, Justin, and many great friends. 

Don Riley

Don is preceded in death by his parents, Cora and Nelson Riley; his sister, Arvernia R. Moody; his brother-in-law, LaVern E. Moody; his very special companion, Nellie Horton; and their beloved dog, a chow named Leo.

Don was a "kidder" and insisted on being called Mr. Adorable by his Chick-fil-A family. He played the clarinet in college, and he loved his motorcycles and math. But above all, he loved animals. Especially his dogs, Leo and Princess. He lived for them.

A private celebration of Don's life will be held later this month. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 6, 2017.
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February 04, 2017

To Family of Don Riley:

I was sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don at Chowan University. He was a kind, compassionate colleague and competent in his field. I'm glad our paths crossed.

I learned a lot about dogs from him after I took in a stray. Were it not for him, I doubt I would have my Sweet Pea, who is definitely a gift from God.

~ Dorothy Wallace

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Don's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

All Creatures of Our God and King

The words are a paraphrase of "Canticle of the Sun" by
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 03 Oct 1226), circa 1225
Written shortly before his death, it was not published for almost 400 years.
Translated to English by
William H. Draper (19 Dec 1855 - 09 Aug 1933), it first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919.

Music: "Lasst Uns Erfreuen", Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623)
Harmony by
Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958) in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care: (R)

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

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