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George Alexander 'Pig' Riley

July 20, 1953 ~ July 15, 2022 (age 68)

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     George Alexander Riley 68, of Hampton, Virginia began his earthly journey on Monday, July 20, 1953, in Emporia, Virginia to the parentage of the late Mattie Jones Riley and the late Luther Riley, Jr.  He was affectionately called “Pig” or “Skin” by many who knew and loved him.  George graduated from Greensville County High School and was a very proud member of the Class of 1973.

      After graduation, George enlisted in the United States Navy, where he sailed the seas and served his country on the USS Steinaker (DD-863).  George was a machinist mate, and during his short time in the armed services, he received the National Defense Service Medal.

      Having completed his time in the Navy, George lived in Emporia and New York before settling in Hampton, Virginia.  He was a member of Bethel Christian Church in Newport News under the leadership of Pastor Arnett Miller. At Bethel Christian, George served on the Trustee Board, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. He also sang with New Horizon Music Ministry, a unique fellowship comprised of veterans who were recovering addicts. The group traveled along the East Coast telling their testimonies and spreading the Gospel through song.

      Pig loved “tinkering” with cars and was a part-time mechanic. A disabled veteran, he participated in many programs and activities with the Veterans Administration, where he made many arts and crafts.

      In addition to his parents and grandparents, George was predeceased by one sister, Cynthia LaRose Riley, and one brother, Brendena Alonzo Riley, Sr.

     Peacefully, in the evening of Friday, July 15, 2022, our dear loved one was called from his earthly labor to eternal rest, while at the Hampton Heath and Rehab in Hampton, Virginia.

    George leaves to cherish fond memories his daughters, Carnetta Edwards (Percy) and Juandisha Sapp; grandchildren, Tariq and Tacari Edwards and Tariya, Tyree and Nasir Sapp; siblings, Hattie Fields, Luther Riley III (Helen), Lawrence Riley, Sr., Patricia Lewis, Alfonza Riley, Sr. (Patricia) and Katherine Lucas (Anthony); one uncle, Thomas Jones; a host of nieces and nephews, a Godsister, April Thompson; his extended family, the Thompsons, along with countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him.

 

Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mr. Riley's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  

 

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Services

Viewing
Friday
July 22, 2022

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Viewing
Saturday
July 23, 2022

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Celebration of Life
Saturday
July 23, 2022

12:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847
 

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Interment following funeral service
Saturday
July 23, 2022

Zion Community Cemetery
Lifsey Road
Emporia, VA 23847

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