Obituary Details

John Charles Riley

May 20, 1960 - January 26, 2019

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, February 1, 2019
Time:
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, February 1, 2019
Service Time:
1:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Date:
Friday, February 1, 2019
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

John Charles Riley, 58, of Raleigh NC died suddenly on January 26,2019. He was the son (of the late) Paul Abbott Riley (father) and Lemyra Roberts Riley (mother).

John was born on May 20, 1960 in Washington DC. He attended the public schools of Newport News Virginia and graduated from Warwick High School. He attended college at Radford University with a concentration on Sociology. John was proud to serve his country, as a United States Marine as an Avionics ECM/DECM System Technician. John received recognition as the platoon honor man upon graduating from basic training. He worked 20+ years in implementation and support operations for seat management contracts with concentration in the energy, state and local sector, public sector, and financial services. He embraced his work, his clients, and lead his teams with the principles of servant leadership.

John married Sherry Pearson on April 17, 1981, they would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary this year. They enjoyed traveling, church fellowship, and spending precious time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry and two sons, Charles Allan (Elizabeth Coggin) Riley of Cary NC; Nathan Edward (Ashley Dodd) Riley of Raleigh NC; grandchildren, Charlotte Grace of Cary NC and Nathan Edward of Raleigh NC. He is also survived by two siblings, Steve Riley and Janice Addison(Bobbie) Jones.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019 with visitation with the family at 12:00 pm, prior to the service, at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh NC 27615.
Posted by:
maria arango
Posted on:
February 1, 2019
One of my last conversations with John was over Bible scripture. He loved the Word of God. Such a tremendous loss. He will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. Prayers for all the family.
Maria Arango
Posted by:
carol doyle
Posted on:
February 1, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and brother. John you were a terrific man, one we loved and respected. John and Sheri have been our long time friends fro Christian Life Center. Our heartfelt love, prayers and support go out to Sheri and the entire Riley family.
Posted by:
cindy oliveto
Posted on:
February 1, 2019
Lit a candle in memory of John Charles Riley
Posted by:
Betty Gregory
Posted on:
January 31, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Alan and all his family.
Betty Gregory, Lewis McMillan, and our families.
Lexington NC
Posted by:
Marshall K Posey
Posted on:
January 31, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. A fine man and a great fraternity brother.
Posted by:
Maryam Latil
Posted on:
January 31, 2019
I am stunned to hear of John's passing. I worked with John and other team members on a project at DPI. Whenever we had a free moment to discuss things besides work, he was quick to talk about where his heart was...with Sherry and his family. He was eager to show the newest pictures of Charlotte and share stories of weekend visits with his sons.

My heart is with you as you cope with this aching loss.
Best,
Maryam Latil
Posted by:
Roy Pilkington
Posted on:
January 31, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about John. When I first met him he was a teenager going to high school. I always enjoyed his wit and ability to discuss subjects. He was like a little brother to me. He will be missed.

May God provide comfort to Sherri and family in this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Roy
Posted by:
Tony Ford
Posted on:
January 30, 2019
I was blown away to hear of John’s passing. He and I went to church together at Christian Life Center in Gaithersburg, MD where he was head usher for several years. I was also able to get him a Project Manager contract position at ExxonMobil in Fairfax, VA while I was working together. We worked side by side for about a year and had lots of laughs. He was a really good friend.

I always envied his professionalism and how sharply he dressed. I told him he must have learned that while he was in the US Marine Corp. He just laughed. He was very humble. He and I would also share stories about our sinuses and all the issues we had. It turns out we were treated by the same Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor in Rockville, MD and he and I had the same sinus surgery. Small world. I also remember his roller blading stories with his 2 boys while living in Damascus. He had fallen on his face and damaged his sinus cavity (to say the least) and the same ENT doctor had to perform sinus surgery...again! Of course John just laughed about it.

I will never forget our times together...both professionally and spiritually. John will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to Sherri and the family. May God give you peace through this difficult time. Remember that Jesus is the “Prince of Peace”

Very Sincerely,
Tony Ford
Frederick, MD
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Cemetery

Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27601
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