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Sammy Lee Riley, 78, of Augusta, W.Va., formerly of Winchester, Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1938, in Augusta.
Sammy is survived by his wife, Barbara Northcraft Riley; a sister, Linda Riley Wilson (Steve) of Winchester; a brother, Ret. Col. Harry G. Riley (Mary) of Crestview, Fla.; his children, Melinda Riley Mundell (Jim), Sammy Lee Riley Jr. (Joyce); his stepchildren, Beth Potts (Greg), Scott Northcraft (Anna) and Jerami Northcraft (Linda); his grandchildren, Susan Riley and Sara Mundell; step-grandchildren, Seth and Austin Potts, Logan and Brooke Northcraft, Dalton Northcraft, Andrea Davis, Brittany Davis; and a step-great-grandson, Easton Corbin; and several nieces and nephews.
Sam graduated from Romney High School in 1956, where he was a stand-out athlete in basketball, track and baseball. He received a gold wrist watch from the Romney Moose Lodge for top basketall player of the year. He was inducted into the Hampshire Co. Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. Upon graduating from high school, Sam entered the 351st Infantry Division of the Romney West Virginia Army Reserves. He retired after serving 30 years. He was selected to receive the 2010 "Riley of the Year" award at the annual Riley family reunion and honored with an engraved certificate. Sam served as president of the Romney High Alumni Association.
Sam began his career with Jno S. Solenberger & Company, Inc., and recently celebrated 60 years of service. He was an exceptional employee and worked for five generations of the Solenberger family. He looked forward to getting up and going to work every day. His laughter was contagious; you could find him anywhere in the store just by hearing his laugh. He was honored along with his co-worker, Jack Shiley, for their dedication with the Riley-Shiley Plumbing Warehouse and Riley-Shiley Day in Winchester, in 2015.
First and foremost, Sam was a man of God and led a life of honor. He was a faithful member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, where he served as a diaconate and member of several committees.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Crock Riley; his parents, Harry G. and Ruth Hiett Riley; his brothers, William Riley, Robert Riley, and John Riley; and granddaughter, Allison Bailey Mundell.
Sam never met a stranger. His laugh and his smile could light up a room. He lived every day to the fullest, and he will be missed by many. He said, "Always remember, prayers are good and have hope."
The family will receive friends at Augusta Church of Christ, Augusta, on Monday, May 1, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service following at 7 p.m. with Pastor Mike Moulden officiating.
The family will receive friends at First Christian Church, 75 Merriman's Lane, Winchester, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4 to 7 p.m., with a service following at 7 p.m. with Pastor Joan Rainsberger officiating.
A graveside service will be held at the Augusta Cemetery on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mike Moulden officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church, 75 Merriman's Lane, Winchester, VA 22601; or August Church of Christ, PO Box 132, Augusta WV 26704; or charity of choice.
On-line condolences may be left at www.mckeefuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Augusta.
Published on April 29, 2017
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