Larry James Riley passed in his sleep after a hard-fought battle with liver cancer on Sunday, May 26th at the age of 68. Larry took pride in providing for his family and continued working throughout most of his seven year fight with cancer. Larry was born in Houston, Texas on October 6th, 1950. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1968. Larry went on to work as an operator in the petro-chemical industry for Celanese Chemical Company where he took early retirement, then used his expertise to write process manuals for the industry. During his time at Celanese, Larry served as a volunteer firefighter. Larry enjoyed surfing, boating, tennis, photography, reading, and spending time with his family.
Larry is preceded in death by his father, James Arthur Riley, Jr., and his mother Johnnie Faye Riley. Larry is survived by his wife of 22 years, Peggy Riley; his daughter Shannon Riley Zamora; his stepsons Justin Upchurch, Sam Upchurch, and Tony Scott; his granddaughters Halen Scott, Caitlin Upchurch, and Kendall Upchurch; sisters Debbie Carter and Susan Riley, and brother John Riley.
Memorial services will be held at Bay Area Christian Church on Saturday, June 15th, at 2PM.
Bay Area Christian Church
Webster, TX 77598
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life's been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch,
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free