Mordecai D. Riley Obituary

This obituary was submitted by Julia Sterrett.


The Barbour Democrat July 9 or 10, 1918

On Tuesday the spirit of M. D. Riley took its flight and one of our most prominent citizens is no more among us.

For several months he had been in a helpless condition by reason of a stroke of paralysis, and was under constant care of a trained nurse.

Mr. Riley was born in Harrison county and moved to Barbour many years ago, locating on Elk Creek, where he built up a fine agricultural estate of more than 500 acres. On this farm he lived and reared a family of four children all of whom with the wife survive him. His sons are Walter G. Riley of Gary, Indiana; Roscoe H. Riley of /Wellington, Kansas; his daughters Mrs. Jacob H. Knapp of Parkersburg and Mrs. Albert Humphreys, of Elk.

The deceased was a Democrat in politics and was prominent in his party councils. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Ebenezer and was a loyal Christian.

Since its organization Mr. Riley was president of the Peoples Bank, of this place, and had strong financial ability.

As a citizen, father and friend he will be greatly missed, as he had a large acquaintanceship.

He was 76 years old.

His funeral took place on Thursday at the Baptist church and was in charge of Dr. E. Hulley and Rev. W. B. Pimm. The remains were laid to rest in fraternity Cemetery. From The Republican

Mordecai Dunham Riley was born near Bridgeport, W. Va. April 19, 1842 and died in this city July 9, 1918, aged 76 years, 2 months and 19 days.

In 1867 he married Annette Hudkins and to this union 4 children were born. He moved to this county in 1869 and located on Elk, where he lived until about five years ago, when he located in this city.

He was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and was a devoted Christian, and a good citizen, respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Riley had a stroke of paralysis last January from which he was confined to his bed until relieved by death.

He leaves a wife and two sons, Walter G. of Gary, Ind., and Roscoe H., of Wellington, Kans. And two daughters, Mrs. Florence Knapp, of Parkersburg and Mrs. Edna Humphreys, of Elk in this county.

Two brothers and a sister also survive. They are Mrs. Amanda Cropp, Parkersburg, John Riley, Illinois, and Mames K. Riley, of Harrison county.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. today, by Rev. Pimm of the Baptist Church and Dr. Hulley, president of Broaddus College.

The Republican extends sympathy to the sorrowing friends.


Return to:
Barbour Family Album
Barbour Main Page