OBITUARY

Reba Taylor Riley

October 20, 1948May 7, 2021
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Reba Taylor Riley, 72, passed away on May 7, 2021. She was born in Wilkes County, NC to the late Janie and John Taylor. She married the love of her life, the late Paul Riley and raised their children as a devoted and loving mother. She was known for the love of her family and regarded as the matriarch of the family. Reba was also known for being an amazing cook, making the best gravy in the South. She loved to dance and her laugh would light up a room. She is loved by all that knew her and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Ruby Ross; brother Jack Taylor and a grandson Gene Crump III.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother Gwyn Taylor of Newton; daughters Janey Trivette (James) Porter of Lenoir; Barbara Scott (Mike) Barlow of Hudson; six grandchildren, Christopher (Shannon) Hood of Atlanta, GA; Katherine Scott of Hudson; Nikki Scott of Hudson; Ben Barlow of Lenoir and Deanna Lawson of Lenoir. She also leaves behind one great granddaughter Lilly Hood and many nieces, nephews and extended family that she adored.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on May 11, 2021 with graveside services beginning at 11:30 at Woodlawn Cemetery. Stephen Widener will officiate. Online condolences may be left at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Reba Taylor Riley.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Hood
  • Mike Barlow
  • James Porter
  • Todd Bastian

Services

  • Receiving of Friends

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Reba Kerr

May 16, 2021

Reba and I grew up together, went to school together and were very best friends. I left to go in the USAF in 1968 and lost contact with her for some yrs. I moved to Maine and she and hubby came to visit us there.
I have some really fond memories of her and Jack and Aunt Janie.
She was such a wonderful friend and cousin, her Mom and my Dad were siblings.
I remember once one summer she and I took a hike in the woods and got lost, it was getting dark and her Dad was getting the hunting hounds to go and find us, when we finally found our way out. So-so many memories. Reba Coleen Kerr

Chris & Jennifer Shook

May 10, 2021

Such a sweet lady. She will be missed .

Kenneth R . & Dedra Hoyle

May 10, 2021

Will miss both so much . Fine People Paul was one of my favorite Cousins They will be missed . Prayers

Jackie Bradshaw

May 9, 2021

Such a sweet, sweet lady who dearly loved her family and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family!

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Biography

Reba Taylor Riley, 72, passed away on May 7, 2021.

She was born in Wilkes County, NC to the late Janie and John Taylor.

She married the love of her life, the late Paul Riley and raised their children as a devoted and loving mother. She was known for the love of her family and regarded as the matriarch of the family. Reba was also known for being an amazing cook, making the best gravy in the South. She loved to dance and her laugh would light up a room. She is loved by all that knew her and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Ruby Ross; brother Jack Taylor and a grandson Gene Crump III.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother Gwyn Taylor of Newton; daughters Janey Trivette (James) Porter of Lenoir; Barbara Scott (Mike) Barlow of Hudson; six grandchildren, Christopher (Shannon) Hood of Atlanta, GA; Katherine Scott of Hudson; Nikki Scott of Hudson; Ben Barlow of Lenoir and Deanna Lawson of Lenoir. She also leaves behind one great granddaughter Lilly Hood and many nieces, nephews and extended family that she adored.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on May 11, 2021 with graveside services beginning at 11:30 at Woodlawn Cemetery. Stephen Widener will officiate. Online condolences may be left at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendrys Funeral Home is honored to serve the Riley family.