William “Bill” Riley, 82, of Greeneville, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at his home.\n \nWilliam Riley and his twin brother were born in Madison, WI in August 1937. He is a graduate of Pius High School in Milwaukee, WI and of University of Toledo, OH. He went to work with JC Penney in 1960 in Lima, OH.\n \nHe met his wife while playing golf in Roanoke, VA. JC Penney moved them to Richmond, VA; Norfolk, VA; Bogalusa, LA; Orangeburg, SC; and in 1984 to Greeneville, TN, first to the Depot Street store and then opening the store at the commons.\n \nAfter 37 years with Penney, he retired in 1997 and turned his focus to civic involvement and hobbies.\n \nHe enjoyed playing golf and woodworking, especially turning segmented bowls.\n \nHe was a member of the Exchange Club of Greeneville and served as a president and treasurer for twelve years. He was also treasurer of the Nathaniel Greene museum for several years. He served as treasurer of the Friends of the Library for several years. He served on the board of Link Hills, United Way, Christian Self-Help, and Habitat for Humanity.\n \nHe is survived by his wife: Lindy Riley, sister: Donna Rustvold of Huntington Beach, CA, and her children; brother-in-law: Mason Powell of Roanoke, VA.\n \nBill was honest, witty, kind, gregarious, compassionate, patient, mischievous, generous, thoughtful, civic-minded, and a man of integrity. People who worked for and with him acknowledged his leadership and his fairness. He loved his family, his God, and his community.\n \nStop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,\nPrevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,\nSilence the pianos and with muffled drum\nBring out the coffin, let the mourners come.\n \nLet aeroplanes circle moaning overheard\nScribbling on the sky the message He is dead,\nPut crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,\nlet the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.\n \nHe was my North, my South, my East and West,\nMy working week and my Sunday rest,\nMy noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;\nI thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.\n \nThe stars are not wanted now: put out every one;\nPack up the moon and dismantle the sun;\nPour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;\nFor nothing now can ever come to any good.\n \nW.H. Anden\n \nThe family will receive friends Friday, December 13, 2019 from 1-4PM at Jeffers Funeral Service Downtown. The funeral mass will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:30AM at Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Joseph Kuzhupil officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greeneville/Greene County Food Bank, 107 N Cutler St, Greeneville, TN 37743, or United Way, 115 Academy Street, Greeneville, TN\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \nTo send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of \nWilliam Charles Riley, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.