We miss you Jim Riley
If one is new to our church family, we need to have a short history lesson, so we understand the whole picture. When I say, if you are new, I mean within the last twenty or so years, here at P.P.C.We (P.P.C.) had a man in our church family by the name of Dave Smith. David and our long standing member, Sonja (Cook) Harris, were the best of friends. Please do not ask any questions. Just be satisfied with my history lesson. David loved the youth at P.P.C. David was good at being the driver for Priscilla, Sonja’s mother, when they would all traveled together. Sonja and Dave motor homed along with James (Jim) and Gay Riley. Sonja and Gay went to Peoria High School together in the mid 1950’s. A few years ago, both Dave and Gay passed away. As a tribute to Dave, the church named the Sunday School classroom, located next to the church office, DAVE’S ROOM. Sometime passed and we stared seeing Jim and Sonja attending worship together, about every Sunday. Again, as I asked, NO questions.
END OF HISTORY LESSON
About a month ago, the word got our that Jim had lung cancer and was to start chemo. Jim did not have to suffer with pain or the unpleasant task of chemo for very long, because he passed awar suddenly on April 5th, of this year. This was shortly after Sonja’s mother, Priscilla passing away on April 3rd.
Jim and Gay joined P.P.C. October 7, 2007. I give Sonja credit for having Jim and Gay in our church family. Jim and Gay lived on a “desert” ranch, south of Lake Pleasant, about 20 miles north of old town Peoria. They had chickens, but the important item was Jim’s horses, roping and riding them. He was in a horse club, a member of the Elks and the Moose.
In Jim’s working years, he was an electrician for Banks Electric in Glendale and later Foley Electric, helping to build Sun City. Jim grew up in Glendale, went to Glendale High School and was in the F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America)
Him was 81 years old and large man in size. No one tried messing with Gay or Sonja or they might have ended up in the E.R. But, there was no cause for that to happen, because all three lived clean lives.
WE WILL MISS JIM, BUT HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.
WE ALL LOVED HIM.
For the church family, Ken Johnson
WE MISS YOU, JIM RILEY