James Carlin Riley died at the remarkable age of 99, on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Center in Paducah.
James was born on August 29, 1921, in Princeton, Kentucky to John and Etta Riley. He was a long-time member of White Sulphur Baptist Church where he thoroughly enjoyed singing in the choir. He loved his family, friends, and neighbors. He was devoted to his community and enjoyed sharing stories of his life and listening to others share theirs during afternoon visits. Many incredible stories were passed down to the next generations. As a retired farmer, he could talk about his love of the farmland, cattle, and crops for hours. In February 1994, James was recognized as the Caldwell County Master Conservationist, a recognition he was proud to achieve. He would also spend his days reading. When his vision became impaired, he continued to enjoy books on tape. As years passed, caregivers would read to him daily. It truly was a passion.
He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn (Jay) Siener of Gilbertsville; daughter-in-law, Jean Riley of Princeton; grandchildren, Gloria (Dennis) Stephens of Princeton, Jason (Leigh Ann) Siener of Paducah and Bart (Shawn) Siener of Louisville; six great-grandchildren Chris (Brandi) Stephens of Nashville, Tennessee, Riley Stephens of Princeton, Courtland Stephens of Denver, Colorado, Charli, Kip and Kase Siener of Paducah; three great-great-grandchildren, Mallory McDonald, Presli Stephens, and Patience Stephens, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Louise George Riley, his son David Riley, parents John and Etta Riley, sisters Bessie Jones, Jessie Coleman, and brothers Frances and Charles Riley.
To know James C. Riley was a gift, and he definitely never met a stranger! His family would like to especially thank his caregivers, Danette Beckner, Nancy Menser, Tresa Blackburn, and Dottie Bruce for loving him and treating him with such dignity and respect. Thank you to Dr. John Cecil for many years of excellent care, as well as doctors, nurses, and staff at Baptist Health of Paducah and the entire Hospice team.
Private funeral services will be held for James Riley with Royce Tempelton officiating and burial to follow in White Sulphur Cemetery in Caldwell County.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory and honor to Parents with Hope, c/o Baptist Health Paducah Foundation, 2501 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky 42003.
During this difficult time, you may show your support by joining the “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support at www.morgansfuneralhome.com. All Hugs need to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020.
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