NEW MADRID - Fortified with the sacraments of the Holy Mother Church, Albert Chilion "Dub" Riley, departed this life Nov. 18, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
On Jan. 16, 1916, Albert Chilion Riley was the third born child of the marriage of William Toney Riley and Virginia Allen Riley. W.T. Riley immediately bestowed Albert with the nickname "Dub," Irish for "little buddy."
Mr. Riley began his formal education by completing all requirements of Immaculate Conception Elementary School and New Madrid High School. In 1937, he earned a bachelor of science degree in business and marketing from UCLA, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Upon college graduation, Mr. Riley returned home, joining his father in agriculture and cotton ginning. That same year he founded A.C. Riley Cotton Company. Albert Chilion Riley remained a great and dedicated leader of the cotton industry until death relieved h im of that duty.
Dub Riley proudly served the United States as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
An organizer and charter member of the board of Security National Bank of Sikeston, Mr. Riley served from 1964 to 1980. Also he was affiliated with Osceola Products Co. from 1956 to 1986, serving as chairman from 1974 to 1986.
His interest in the levees and drainage of Southeast Missouri, prompted his service as vice president of Drainage District 39 which he joined in 1984 and remained a member of until his death, the St. John's Levee Drainage District, where he served as president from June 1962 until June 1987, and on the Little River Drainage District Board of Supervisors from 1987 to 2000.
Mr. Riley was chairman of the New Madrid County R-1 School Board original organization serving as a member from 1968 to 1980.
From January 1965 through November 1983 he was a member of the Missouri State Highway Commission.
On Jan. 23, 1948, Albert Chilion Riley was joined in Holy Matrimony to Edna Louise Masterson.
In August 1971 and in February 1972, Mr. Riley graciously received into his family sons-in-law, R.D. James of New Madrid and David C. Mann of Sikeston.
He leaves behind in this life in addition to his wife, two daughters, Sara Elizabeth Riley Mann and Virginia Louise Riley James; one grandson, Albert Chilion Riley James; and one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Mann.
Called from this earthful duty prior to Mr. Riley were his parents, W.T. and Virginia Riley; one brother, William Vest Riley; one sister, Laura Riley LaValle; and his beloved granddaughter, Virginia Elizabeth James.
Respects with visitation by family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today at the Richards Funeral Chapel in New Madrid. The recitation of the Rosary of the Holy Catholic Church will be at 7 p.m.
The Funeral Mass for Albert Chilion Riley will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Madrid with Monsignor Michael Swalina and the Rev. Amil Shibley officiating.
Procession follows to his final place of rest on this earth at the Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Nathaniel Johnson, Nathaniel Malone, J.B. Stanback, Eddie Clark, Willis Hicks and Joe Ross.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Taylor, Dick Phillips, Jimmy Albach, Al Hodge, C.L. Mckinney, N.J. Nowell, Bill Bradley, Richard Jones, Larry Dowdy, Eddie Jones, Henry Hopson, Robert Riley Sr., Donald Gist, Rick Ling, Hal Hunter and John Wescoat.
God rest your soul and
eternal peace be with you.
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may be made to:
Immaculate Conception School Endowment, 450 Powell St.,
New Madrid, Mo., 63869
or St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.