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Bootheel area leader dies

Monday, November 19, 2001

NEW MADRID - Southeast Missouri landowner and businessman, Albert Chilion "Dub" Riley, died Nov. 18, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

A native of New Madrid, Mr. Riley joined his father in farming and cotton ginning in Southeast Missouri following his graduation from UCLA in 1937. That same year he founded A.C. Riley Cotton Company and remained a leader in the cotton industry.

"Dub Riley was a very influential person in Southeast Missouri," said New Madrid attorney Hal E. Hunter, who worked with him on many projects. "He did a lot while on the Highway Commission and a lot while on the Little River Drainage District for Southeast Missouri and his county."

From January 1965 through November 1983, he was a member of the Missouri State Highway Commission.

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.

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.

Mr. Riley was chairman of the New Madrid County R-1 School Board original organization serving as a member from 1968 to 1980.

He served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

Born Jan. 16, 1916, Albert Chilion Riley was the son of the late William Toney Riley and Virginia Allen Riley. His father bestowed him with the nickname "Dub," Irish for "little buddy."

On Jan. 23, 1948, he was married to Edna Louise Masterson, who survives of the home.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law Sara Elizabeth Riley and David Mann and Virginia Louise Riley and R.D. James; one grandson, Albert Chilion Riley James; and one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Mann.

A complete obituary is included on Page 5.