Charles Riley, Jr.

Charles “Charley” Phillip Riley, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at his residence.

“Charley” was born November 24, “Thanksgiving Day”, 1927, to Charles Phillip Riley, Sr. and Harriet Johnston Riley, in Littlefield, Texas.

He married Nancy Randle in Ft. Worth, Texas, May 28, 2009. Charley was preceded in death by his parents and son, Don Riley, and four siblings.

He is survived by one son, Randall Riley; two daughters, Jill Ralph (David) and Kim Whitbeck (Bill) and Dolores Riley (daughter-in-law); grandchildren, Bobbie and Sam Sanchez, Kathryn Whitbeck, David Whitbeck, Kristen and Blake Jansen, Andrew and Alex Ralph, Justin and Emily Loftin, and Eric and Jenna Ralph; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Two sisters and two brothers, Crysta Pearl Moore, Annie Stafford, Morgan and Barbara Riley, and Robert and Dana Riley, also survive.

Charley was also blessed by an extended family of two daughters, Su Zane Blackwelder and Nancy Jane Rountree; two sons, Tate and Kay Randle and Ricky and Amy Randle. Thirteen grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren were also added to his family.

Following graduation in 1945 from Lytle High School, he joined the Navy during World War II. After he was discharged he attended Texas State University on a track scholarship and his senior year he was captain of the college track team. His Masters and Doctoral programs were finished at Texas State University and North Texas State College.

Charley retired August 31, 2009, after serving 60 years in education: beginning at Poteet High School as a coach and teacher and ending his final 36 years of teaching for Tarrant County College in Saginaw, Texas.

Charley was a Life Long Learner and everyone he met usually received an English lesson and they did not know they had as he was visiting with them. He loved to go to Hastings and stay hours reading and looking for CD’S that he didn’t have (also to “talk”). His visits to Wal-Mart were supposed to be pushing the carts around the store for exercise—it would take him a long time since he would stop several times to visit with someone that might need someone to talk with. He had a great intuition for seeking out those that might need a kind word or two.

His friends have said that everyone respected him, he was always down to earth and was admired and loved by everyone. Charley was born during the Depression and knew what it was to have very little; so he was always looking for bargains where he could buy more than one of an item. One day he came home with ten bottles of mouth wash—Big Bargain—On Sale!

He had a very large group of friends that he had met during the 60 years that he was an educator. He was a 32° Scottish Rite Mason for 54 years, member of Kiwanis, Exchange Club, Jaycees, Volunteer Fireman, SWTSU Alumni Director, an Eagle Scout, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader, Junior Olympics/AAU, Optimist Club, TCJC District Speaker Bureau for 22 years and was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Texas State since 1965.

His peers at Tarrant County College honored him with The Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching on the Northwest Campus in 2004.

Charley also liked to travel to foreign countries and touring America. He was a “runner” for several of his last years of teaching. He loved attending reunions in different towns where he had taught.

The family has requested that donations be made to the following in lieu of flowers (if you so desire) to Boy Scout Troop 369 of Lytle, Texas, P.O. Box 608, Lytle, Texas 78052; Kerrville Morning Rotary Club Scholarship Fund c/o of Bob Green, 412 Highridge Dr, Kerrville, Texas 78028; Don Riley Memorial Athletic Scholarship, First State Bank, 1115A Main Street, Buda, Texas 78610.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, November 19, at 11 a.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels, 728 Jefferson Street, Kerrville, Texas, 830-257-4544.

The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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