Michael Glenn Riley
Jan. 4, 1956 – Sept. 24, 2022
Michael “Mike” Glenn Riley, age 66, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 24, 2022, after living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia for seven years.
Born in Belmont, NC, and raised in Henrico, VA, Mike was a son of the late Rev. Ralph and Jessie Riley. He attended J. R. Tucker High School and graduated in 1973. Mike then attended Bluefield College where he played baseball, was the manager of the women’s volleyball team and assistant coach of the women’s softball team. He played Intramural Sports and was the Student Intramural Director. He served on the Mud Pig Day Committee and assisted with the local Special Olympics. After graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business, he moved to Fort Mill, SC. While there, he was passionate about mission work through his church and traveled to Brazil multiple times. He was also a leader for many years for Victory Sports in Fort Mill, a nonprofit Christian ministry. He recently returned to his hometown of Henrico, VA.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Ralph and Jessie Riley; and by his brother-in-law, Thomas Steven Hartless.
He is survived by his brother, Martin “Marty” (Johnna) Riley of Henrico, VA; his sister, Melody Riley Hartless, of Winston-Salem, NC; his daughters, Maura (Jeff) Beadle, Macee (Christopher) Wright, Malina Riley, and Maelyn Riley; four grandchildren, Mordecai, Corinthea, Cassius, and Moses Wright; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Derbyshire Baptist Church in the Sanctuary. The church is located at 8800 Derbyshire Road, Henrico, VA 23229. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Online guest book is available at www.affinityfuneralservice.com.
Wow. I am grateful to Hod that our paths crossed at Bluefield College. A phenomenal servant of our Lord. He allowed God to use him to touch so many. Praying for the family. Godspeed my friend. Well done thy good and faithful servant. YOU ARE HEALED!!!!!!!!
We are so sorry to hear. Mike was a special nan. Always loved seeing him at church.
It was so heart breaking to hear of his passing.. I meant Mike though my brother Jerry ( he went to Bluefield with Mike). Also Mike came to Salem VA. to work at the VA. Baptist Children’s Home as a houseparent. . We had so much fun. To his children and family you will be in our prayers.
Michael was my church ladies softball coach for many years, and a special friend. We will miss him. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
We were so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a special friend to us at FMFBC. Love and prayers to the family.
Mike & I were fortunate to have Michael as our friend. We will miss him, but cherish the memories we have of him. We are thankful that he is with Jesus now and no longer suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I remember Mike when we were going to Bluefield College together. He was very active in various activities at Bluefield. I am deeply sorry to hear of his passing. I will be praying for the family as they’re going through difficult times.
Mike, our Thompson family loved you so much and cherished the great years we had with you in Wilmington. I thank our wonderful God for giving you so many years as a Christian servant and as a truly good father to your girls.
I thank God for HIS perfect wisdom, for whatever work HE did through you in your time of dementia. That will be known to you as HE received you through death into your eternal life in Heaven.
You enriched our lives. Well done good and faithful servant.
Aunt Anne Thompson
I met Mike when he was a house parent at Virginia Baptist Children Home. He was an awesome man and the father of my oldest son Michael Lee Cooke.