A funeral service for Jason Riley, 52, of New Hebron, was held Aug. 1, 2020, at New Hebron Baptist Church. He passed away July 28 in Jackson. Rev. Mike Grenn and Rev. Jeremy Knowles officiated. Denise Leggett performed the musical service. Interment was in the New Hebron Cemetery. Saulters Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Pallbearers were Brad Webb, Jeremy Davis, Zach Mayhugh, Colby Williams, Josh Sykes, Toby Douglas, Jeffery Bryan, and Dean Banks. These friends and Sunday school members built Jason’s coffin and dug the grave of their friend by hand.
Jason Louis Riley was born on April 24, 1968, in Jackson, to Joe and Patricia Jane Collins Riley. He was an electrician with Entergy Electric Power Company. Jason was a member of the New Hebron Masonic Lodge #508, a Sunday school teacher, sound booth technician, and member of New Hebron Baptist Church.
Jason was welcomed into Heaven by his daughter, Jacy Lee Riley; his mother, Patricia Jane Collins Riley; and his father-in-law, Daniel E. Russell Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Amy Russell Riley, of New Hebron; two daughters, Abby Riley Crider (Jeret), of Monticello; and Carly Riley Reeves (Blake), of Brandon; three grandchildren, AnaMolly Crider, Adeline Lee Crider, and Collins Claire Reeves; his father and step-mother, Joe and Karen Riley, of New Hebron; his brother, Joey Riley (Terah), of New Hebron; two sisters, Betty Ruth Smith (Charles), of Holt, Fla.; and Amy Riley Linton (Gene), of Jasper, Ala.; mother-in-law, Linda Faye Russell, of Silver Creek; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.