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Celebrating the life of
Douglas Riley
March 02, 1945 - June 16, 2018
Loving and devoted father, grandfather, coach. Avid golfer, reader, and jokester.
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at the family farm in Kenton, Ohio

Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Riley family for the loss of your dear loved one. May the love of family and friends as well as the words at “1 Thessalonians 4:14” and “Psalm 119:76” help you get through this most difficult times.

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My sincerest condolences to Coach Riley's dear loved ones. May you find a measure of comfort in the scriptures. "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress."-Psalm 46:1

B.B, , Ga

Matt, Megan, and Melissa, Sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Great man and coach with many good memories from Armstrong and Richmond Hill.

Rick Nichols, Richmond Hill, GA

Brother Doug will be greatly missed, his sense of humor his laugh. Our deepest condolences to our family in Georgia and Ohio Sending much love and prayers.

Michael and Vera Moore, St. Louis , Mo

Mrs. Riley and family, I played for Coach Riley during his coaching and teaching tenure at St. Andrews College back in the 80's. I stayed in touch with Coach Riley briefly after graduating and always had the upmost respect for him as a coach and person. Craig Brehon, Va

Craig Brehon, Norfolk, Va

Candy, So sad to hear of Doug's passing. I enjoyed coaching with Doug at Marion Harding and am very thankful for him hiring me as his assistant coach. We really enjoyed the brief relationship that we had with the two of you living in Marion.

Jim and Cheryl Eckinger, Bolivar, OH

Praying that god gives you all comfort in this time of grieving . I’m sure you all have great memories to smile about Even at this time Remembering the great moments ant the moments when he was the happiest is what you must hold on to those memories can vever be erased. . MR. Riley was a strong and very ambitious man full of smarts and drive . He will be teaching and coaching in heaven for he’s one of God’s best and he’s needed on the other side. I send my condolences to you and your family. I’m a dear friend of Melissa which is an awesome woman to me ,tho I didn’t directly know Mr. Riley I feel like I did bc his spirit lives on through his children and family rest well Mr . Riley .

Timothy Daniels , Savannah ,

My deepest condolences to you[Melissa]and your family. I really enjoyed reading Coach Riley's bio, my prayer is for comfort during this season of loss and change.

Doy Carter, Savannah , GA

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

To the family I express my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear love one. Please consider reading God's promises at Revelation 21:3,4.

Mrs. Marsh, Hanover, MD

Very sorry for your loss. Sounds like Doug had a very rewarding career. - Alex and Carolyn Clark, Fremont, Ohio

Alex and Carolyn Clark, Fremont, OH

So sorry to hear about the passing of Doug. You all have my deepest sympathy. Remember that Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.GOD bless you.

Henry Baker,jr., Hinesville, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the family, sorry for your loss. The Bible tells us that death will soon be done away with for good (Isaiah 25:8). That is a time we are all awaiting for.

Kay Ferris, savannah , Ga

My sincere condolences to your family. What an accomplished coach, educator and man Mr Riley was. It sounds like his coaching career was very rewarding and successful, but to earn his doctorate and be working on his thesis while holding down a full-time career is amazing! May he Rest In Peace and I will be praying for comfort for you all. Lots of love, Debbie VanBrackle and family

Debbie VanBrackle , Richmond Hill , Ga

Douglas Riley died on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the age 73. Coach Riley was born in Kenton, Ohio to Howard and Ruth Riley.  He was a 1963 graduate of Ridgeway High School where he shined in basketball and baseball.  He continued his education at Morehead State University (Kentucky) where he earned a B.A degree in history with a minor in health and physical education.

In 1967, he embarked on his first teaching/coaching position at Botkins High School (Ohio). He taught history, was an assistant varsity basketball coach and head baseball coach.  In 1968, Coach Riley moved on to New Lebanon High School (Ohio) where he accepted a position as head varsity basketball coach and history instructor.

Miami University (Oxford,Ohio) offered Coach Riley an assistantship in their health and physical education department which allowed him to earn his Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and Physical Education.  In 1972, he acquired a position at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio as an assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach.  Coach Riley then took a position as head basketball coach and teacher of government at Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio (1974- 1977). His winning record helped catapult his basketball coaching career to the college level.

In 1977, Coach Riley became an assistant professor of physical education and head basketball coach at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. During his nine years there his teams posted a 164-75 record. Coach Riley’s team won four championships, 2 of which were Dixie Conference championships and two were tournament championships (1981-1982; 1982-1983).  He was also voted Dixie Conference “coach of the year” for those two consecutive years.

In 1980, Coach Riley represented the USA as a visiting basketball coach at the Danish Federation of Basketball.  In 1986, Riley took a position as head basketball coach at Plattsburgh State University (New York) where he produced an 18-9 mark which was their best season in ten years.  His overall collegiate coaching mark was 182-84.

Coach Riley and his family moved to Richmond Hill, GA in 1987 when he accepted the head basketball coaching position at Armstrong State College.  While coaching at Armstrong, Riley went back to college to earn his Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Technology from Georgia Southern University.

He then proceeded to enroll in Middle Tennessee University (Murfeesboro) where he successfully completed his doctorial course work in kinesiology.  He was working on his doctorial thesis when he had his first stroke.  Due to complications caused by his stroke, Coach Riley was unable to return to coaching.  His passion for coaching never waned, but his limitations prevented him from continuing his career.

Coach Riley was an avid golfer, reader and jokester! He had an incredible zest for life and for friendship. He was a life long follower of Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.

Coach Riley is survived by his ex-wife Candace Thompson Riley. They were blessed with three children, Matthew Riley, Megan Riley (Joshua Stewart, Sr.), and Melissa Riley all of whom reside in Savannah, GA; three grandchildren, Charles (Luke) Riley, Norah Riley and Joshua Stewart, Jr; two sisters, Vera Ann Moore from Farmington, MO, Sharon Bechtel of Kenton, Ohio and a brother Michael Riley of Kenton, Ohio; eight nieces, nine great-nieces and eight great- nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard Riley.

To memorialize Coach Riley, a casting ceremony will be held at the family farm in Kenton, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.

 

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Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Riley family for the loss of your dear loved one. May the love of family and friends as well as the words at “1 Thessalonians 4:14” and “Psalm 119:76” help you get through this most difficult times.

, ,

My sincerest condolences to Coach Riley's dear loved ones. May you find a measure of comfort in the scriptures. "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress."-Psalm 46:1

B.B, , Ga

Matt, Megan, and Melissa, Sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Great man and coach with many good memories from Armstrong and Richmond Hill.

Rick Nichols, Richmond Hill, GA

Brother Doug will be greatly missed, his sense of humor his laugh. Our deepest condolences to our family in Georgia and Ohio Sending much love and prayers.

Michael and Vera Moore, St. Louis , Mo

Mrs. Riley and family, I played for Coach Riley during his coaching and teaching tenure at St. Andrews College back in the 80's. I stayed in touch with Coach Riley briefly after graduating and always had the upmost respect for him as a coach and person. Craig Brehon, Va

Craig Brehon, Norfolk, Va

Candy, So sad to hear of Doug's passing. I enjoyed coaching with Doug at Marion Harding and am very thankful for him hiring me as his assistant coach. We really enjoyed the brief relationship that we had with the two of you living in Marion.

Jim and Cheryl Eckinger, Bolivar, OH

Praying that god gives you all comfort in this time of grieving . I’m sure you all have great memories to smile about Even at this time Remembering the great moments ant the moments when he was the happiest is what you must hold on to those memories can vever be erased. . MR. Riley was a strong and very ambitious man full of smarts and drive . He will be teaching and coaching in heaven for he’s one of God’s best and he’s needed on the other side. I send my condolences to you and your family. I’m a dear friend of Melissa which is an awesome woman to me ,tho I didn’t directly know Mr. Riley I feel like I did bc his spirit lives on through his children and family rest well Mr . Riley .

Timothy Daniels , Savannah ,

My deepest condolences to you[Melissa]and your family. I really enjoyed reading Coach Riley's bio, my prayer is for comfort during this season of loss and change.

Doy Carter, Savannah , GA

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

To the family I express my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear love one. Please consider reading God's promises at Revelation 21:3,4.

Mrs. Marsh, Hanover, MD

Very sorry for your loss. Sounds like Doug had a very rewarding career. - Alex and Carolyn Clark, Fremont, Ohio

Alex and Carolyn Clark, Fremont, OH

So sorry to hear about the passing of Doug. You all have my deepest sympathy. Remember that Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.GOD bless you.

Henry Baker,jr., Hinesville, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the family, sorry for your loss. The Bible tells us that death will soon be done away with for good (Isaiah 25:8). That is a time we are all awaiting for.

Kay Ferris, savannah , Ga

My sincere condolences to your family. What an accomplished coach, educator and man Mr Riley was. It sounds like his coaching career was very rewarding and successful, but to earn his doctorate and be working on his thesis while holding down a full-time career is amazing! May he Rest In Peace and I will be praying for comfort for you all. Lots of love, Debbie VanBrackle and family

Debbie VanBrackle , Richmond Hill , Ga


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