Donnie Riley

Published 3:18 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

Donnie Riley, 90, a resident of Franklinton, died at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Good Samaritan Living Center.

He was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War era. Donnie retired as a foreman with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and was a beef cattleman throughout his life. He was a member of the Washington Parish Cattleman’s Association, as well as a former member of the Mt. Hermon Ruritan Club.

Donnie loved working on his farm and truly had a “green thumb.” He could plant just about anything and it would grow perfectly. Donnie enjoyed the outdoors as well as small-game hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing his guitar, singing and listening to his favorite country music.

He is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Kim Barber and Steve Rushing of Tylertown, Miss., and Karen and Eric Payne of Franklinton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sherron Riley of Kentwood, and Kenneth and Brenda Strahan of Franklinton; five grandchildren and spouses, Ashton Gill and fiancé Cody Newman, Whitney and Jimmy Ray Jones, Trevor Barber, Richard and Breann Inkinbrant, and Taylor Riley; nine great-grandchildren, Kassidy Tastet, Jett Deroche, Jordyn Deroche, Gabby Newman, Landon Newman, Avery Jones, Grady Jones, Braydon Inkinbrant and Adelyn Inkinbrant; two sisters, Junie Painter, and Glendora Bickham, both of Mt. Hermon; the mother of his children, Barbara Riley of Mt. Hermon; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Riley and Zula Miller Riley; his wife, Mae Strahan Riley; and a sister, Burnell Denham.

Visitation was at Crain Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and after noon on Thursday, Sept. 28. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to the staff of Good Samaritan Living Center, Southeast Home Health and Paula Painter of Community Care Hospice.

Pallbearers included Richard Inkinbrant, Jimmy Ray Jones, Trevor Barber, Eric Payne, Steve Rushing and Stanley Gill.

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