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Heard Cemetery
Friday August 13th, 2021

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Jerry Ellis Riley

Jerry Ellis Riley January 18, 1943- August 1, 2021

Jerry Ellis Riley, 78, of Higginson, was born January 18, 1943, to John Ellis and Mary Louise Dunham Riley. He passed away on August 1, 2021, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jerry spent most of his younger years in the construction industry. After meeting his wife Hazel, they settled in Morning Sun to start their company, JR Insulation, while also building houses in Higginson and Searcy. He and Hazel enjoyed traveling together and made many friends as active members of the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy and through participation in antique car shows and parades over the years. He made many wonderful memories with grandchildren Christie, Stevie, Bryan, Brandon, Courtney, Greg, Madison, Brittney, and Garrison along with so many other special friends and family. In his last years he especially enjoyed spending time with Brandon's family (wife Brianna and great-grandchildren Olivia, Sophia, Greyson, and Adelyn). He will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by Hazel, his wife of 35 years, his son, Mark Ellis Riley, infant daughter Angela, and grandson Stevie. He is survived by his son, Dwight (Ginger) Riley of Judsonia, daughters Charlotte (Mike) Swords of Ecru, MS, Deena (Gary) Gordon of Amherst, WI, beloved sister, Norma Bisdorf, of Denver, CO, and brother, Gene (Wanda) Riley of Pangburn.

A graveside service will be held at 11am on August 13 at Heard Cemetery in Bradford. Social distancing is appreciated.

In memorial, the family would love to establish a perennial garden in Higginson with heirloom plants and their stories to be shared within the community. Your cuttings or contributions are welcome. Hazel loved flowers and all things whimsical. And Jerry loved Hazel.

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A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Riley

Monice Williams Aug 13 2021 8:48 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Joaquin Carrillo. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Jerry Ellis Riley.

Joaquin Carrillo Aug 13 2021 1:23 PM

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good man! Praying for the family!

Heidi Paul Aug 12 2021 8:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Riley

Rhonda Tippy Aug 10 2021 2:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Riley

Charlotte and Michael Aug 7 2021 2:41 PM

My thoughts & prayers are with your whole family during this most difficult time.

Lynette Swindle Aug 7 2021 11:36 AM

I loved Jerry and Hazel. They were mom and dads next door neighbors and would on a regular basis check up on them just to make sure they were ok and didn't need anything. Even after Hazel and my mom passed Jerry would still check on my dad. He was a good man and we will miss him.

Vivian Hill Aug 6 2021 10:57 PM

We are praying for peace and comfort for your family during this time of loss of a loved one!

Marvin & Brenda Mathis Aug 6 2021 7:13 PM

We shared a lot of good times growing up and thought we would never make it with some of the not so good times, you made it to the great times so enjoy all the reunions. Johnny & Mary Hodges

Johnny or Mary Hodges Aug 6 2021 10:34 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Molly (Cook) Warrington Aug 5 2021 2:06 PM

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