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Johnny Ray Riley


Johnny Ray Riley, 55, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020 at his home.

He was born on December 26, 1964 in Granville County to Barbara Elliott and the late Ray Melvin Riley. He was a member of Tally Ho First Baptist and was an Awana leader for 21 years. Johnny worked at Macra Lace for 37 years and he loved the outdoors, gardening and farming.

He is survived by his wife Rhonda E. Riley of the home; brothers, Russell Dwayne Riley of Stem, Timothy Elliott Riley of Stem and David Wayne Riley of Stem; a sister, Tuesday Oliver (John) of Oxford and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Monica Ann Riley.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Carlee Farms in Stem by Reverend Eddie Nutt. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
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Burial will follow the funeral service at South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem. The burial service will commence approximately 45-60 mins after the conclusion of the funeral. You may access the burial service by clicking on the following link:
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A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Eakes Funeral Home will be following the social distancing guidelines and we ask that anyone entering the funeral home wear a mask.


  • Kimberly Noblin Cook Posted September 22, 2020 1:56 pm

    Rhonda, I am so so sorry for your loss. Johnny was truly a special and wonderful man. I pray that God will grant you peace and comfort in your loss.

  • Renee May Posted September 23, 2020 3:32 am

    Tuesday so sorry for your loss…Thoughts and prayers for you and the family..

  • Phillis Moore Posted September 23, 2020 6:15 pm

    My condolences to all the family, I was truly sorry to hear of his passing. Linda Morris you are in my prayers and all the family at this difficult time.

  • Donna Watkins Currin Posted September 23, 2020 7:32 pm

    Rhonda Kay, please accept condolences from my family. Please let Marie and Ralph know I am praying for all of you.

  • Gail Irvan Posted September 24, 2020 12:02 am

    Tuesday, Barbara, Russell, David, Tim and Rhonda- I am praying God wraps his arms around each of you and brings you comfort and peace. God has a plan and purpose for everything. Many times we don’t understand the why. We just have to trust in his plans. He will never leave you or forsake you. Draw close to God, give him your sorrow and tears and he will be with you every step of the way. I wish I could come to the funeral tomorrow. I will visit when I can,m, know that I will be with you in mind and heart, and will take time for silence and pray to remember a wonderful man who brought love and laughter to so many. He was a great person and I know he already is greatly missed. All my love and sympathy to each of you.

  • Nancy Bowes Posted September 24, 2020 4:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Johnny. The hill want be the same without seeing Johnny on the tractor. Carlee farms is absolutely the right way for his life farwell. Sorry I can’t be there but y’all are in my prayers and I will truly see y’all when I come home. Love ❤️❤️ yall

  • Myra Davis Posted September 24, 2020 4:21 pm

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends

  • Pam Evans Posted September 24, 2020 6:26 pm

    I am so sorry about Johnny, he was a great man and I know he will be truly misses by all. I got to watch his service on line and it was a really good service. I know he would be laughing and making fun at Tuesday giving her speech. Tuesday that was truly a blessing. Rest in peace cuz.

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  • betty lou bullock Posted October 1, 2020 9:49 am

    Sorry to here about john ray.He will always be in our hearts. He was a special kind of person who would do anything to help others when they ask. He will truly be missed.

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