02/06/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Don Riley
Donald Bennett Riley
Newport News High School Class of 1952
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:
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 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
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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
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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