Alva Grace Riley


Mrs. Alva Grace “Gracie” Riley, 96, of Parksley, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. She was the wife of the late Carlton S. Riley, and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before his passing in 1992. Mrs. Riley was born April 15, 1923, in Jenkins Bridge, and was the daughter of the late Donald Preston Killmon and Hilda Grace Trader Killmon. She was also predeceased by a sister, Cassie Killmon Burkholder, and brother-in-law, William “Bill” Burkholder.

Mrs. Riley is survived by a daughter, Carla Grace Riley Woods and husband, Gary; grandson, Jamie Woods, his wife, April, and great-granddaughter, Kaitlan; grandson, Keith Woods, his wife, Stephanie, great-granddaughter, Alanna, and great-grandson, Aiden, all of Parksley. She is also survived by nieces, Donna Threatt and husband, Harry, of Rocky Mount, N.C., Billie Tubbs and husband, Mark, of Charlottesville, Va., and Beverly Davis, of Nokomis, Fla., and their families. She will always be remembered by her family as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Riley was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, in Parksley, and enjoyed serving as a member of the Caring and Sharing Link and assisting with many church fundraising projects over the years.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to her caregivers for their special loving care, which helped make it possible for her to spend her final years at home.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, with the Rev. Alan Layman and Mr. George Fulk officiating. Interment followed in the Parksley Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Riley’s memory may be made to Grace UMC, P.O. Box 156, Parksley, VA 23421.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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