Riley, David Lawrence


Sept. 25, 1885 - June 29, 1945
The Rev. David Lawrence Riley was born in Handsboro, Mississippi, September 25, 1885, and died in Flint-Goodridge Hospital New Orleans, La., June 29, 1945. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Riley. He joined Riley’s Memorial church at the age of twelve years, and was active in church school and the church. He was married to Miss Fanni Hand, November 6, 1901, in Handsboro Miss., by Rev. R. M. Jones. To this union were born three sons, Isaiah Benjamin, Frederick Lawrence, and J. L. Riley.
Brother Riley moved to New Orleans in 1909. He joined Peck Memorial church, and was a local preacher, class leader and superintendent of the Sunday school. He joined the Louisiana conference In 1927 and served the Melville. Union, Hahnvllle, LaPlace Circuit, Hartzell Church, New Orleans, for eight years, and Gretna five years. His pastorate extended over a period of twenty-one years. At the time of his death he was pastor at Boynton Church, Gretna and Asbury Church, Lower Coast, Algiers, La.
He was buried from Riley’s Memorial Church, Hansboro, Mss. The funeral service was conducted by the pastor of Riley’s church, the Rev. Mr. Johnson, assisted by Rev. W. C. Haywood, district superintendent, and Bishop R. E. Jones.
Surviving are his wife, mother, two sons, Isaiah and J. L. Riley, D. L. Riley, Jr., grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Grant of Pascagoula, Miss., Mrs. Rachal Hammock of Hansboro, Miss., and Mrs. Thomas of Gulfport, Miss.; one brother, Burrell L. Riley of New Orleans.
Source: Journal oof The Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Central Jurisdiction, 1945

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