James Taylor Riley, Jr. age 50, passed away Monday, June 14, 2010, at Magee General Hospital. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 15th at Tutor Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at Magee First Baptist church at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, with burial in the Magee City Cemetery.
Jimmy was a lifelong educator. He began his teaching career in Covington County, where he was Teacher of the Year and chosen as Star Teacher. He recently retired from the Smith County School District where he was a United States history teacher at Mize Attendance Center. He was a devoted teacher that expected the best from his students. He had the respect of his students simply because he respected them as well. Jimmy enjoyed traveling to the Mize football games where he kept the stats for the team.
Jimmy was an avid cyclist. He participated in many bike rides in Mississippi and several out of state. This time of riding was delightful not only as a sport, but a great time to spend time with friends that rode with him.
Jimmy was a member of the Magee Volunteer Fire Department. On the one year anniversary of 9/11, Jimmy was selected to give the commemorative speech for the community wide memorial service. In 2004 he was chosen as the Firefighter of the Year by his fellow firemen. After a tornado ripped through the school in Mize, Jimmy received the act of Valor Award from the Mississippi Firefighters association in 2005 for his courageous actions after the storm.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Roberts Riley; twin sons, James Lewis Riley and John Taylor Riley; mother, Grace Sullivan Riley; sisters, Barbara Martin and Melanie (Chuck) Heinzenberger; father and mother in law, Lewis and Hilda Roberts; sister in law, Sandra (Randy) Hyde; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Taylor Riley, Sr.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be the Magee Volunteer Fire Department members.
Memorials may be made to the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486