William Thomas “Tom” Riley, 82, of Hayes, went to be with his Lord on July 16, 2013.
Tom was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Riley; his son, Bill Riley and daughter-in-law Valerie; granddaughters, Andrea Lewis and husband Steve, and Megan Neisler and husband Brian, and brother, Gordon Page and wife Ginger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Margaret Riley; older brother, Wilbur Jr., and younger brothers, Leonard Day and James David.
Tom and Doris were married on Jan. 21, 1951 and were married for 61 years before her death in 2011. He served in the Army from 1951-1953, and was employed at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Va., from 1955-1986, serving in numerous data processing capacities, including as the Director of Data Processing before retiring.
Tom was actively involved in many volunteer activities throughout his life including the Abingdon Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Boy Scouts, youth sports, and hunger relief agencies. Tom was a longtime member of Gloucester Point Baptist Church and was very active in the many areas of the church, including serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He evidenced God’s love in his many acts of kindness and giving of his time and resources to others, and lived out the admonition “as you love the least of these, you love me.” Tom influenced numerous young lives and was considered a mentor and provided wise counsel to many young men and women.
Tom was known for his sage advice, dry wit, and generosity. His willingness to lend a helping hand or listening ear was what made Tom a man everyone knew they could count on, and did. He would dispense well-thought out suggestions with a touch of humor and anyone who received his advice was never steered wrong.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to all those who provided compassionate care in his last days.
A memorial service was held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Gloucester Point Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 9, Bena, Va. 23018, Gloucester Point Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 305, Gloucester Point, Va. 23062, or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Mass. 01061.