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Jerry Ellis Riley

January 18, 1943 — August 1, 2021

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.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jerry Ellis Riley, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

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