Marvin Riles, Sr., affectionately known by many as “Honey Riles”, was born on July 22, 1933 to the late Johnnie and Marie York-Riles. He was called home on July 14, 2020.
Marvin was a native of Huntsville, Texas. On February 4, 1956, Marvin was joined in holy matrimony to Birdie Williams. To this union nine children were born. At an early age, he joined Central Baptist Church, where he confessed Christ as his Lord and savior. In the 1980’s, he became a member of First Community Bibleway Apostolic Church, where he was baptized by his nephew Rev. Ronnie R. Riles Sr. He then served on the Deacon Board as a faithful member of New Growth Full Gospel Church, under the leadership of Pastor Michael L. Crooks.
Marvin was a person who never met a stranger. He liked to attend family gatherings and play dominoes with his friends. It was also evident that he valued his relationship with his grandchildren. Each of them had a strong bond with him. He was a man of great character and he was committed to his family. He learned the importance of hard work at a young age; which allowed him to hold a successful Pulpwood Trucking company for over 40 years. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving dad and caring grandfather.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, four brothers and his beloved wife of 54 years: Birdie. He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters: Patricia Gambrell (Joe), Latine Burns (Willie) and Jana Cole; all of Huntsville, Texas and Carolyn Ford (Leon); of Angleton, Texas sons: Herman Riles (Crystal), Rickey Riles (Latasha), Terry Riles (Renee) and Marvin Riles, Jr. (Michelle); all of Huntsville, Texas and Jerry Riles (Betty); of Conroe, Texas; sister: Gale Hightower (Johnnie); of Huntsville, Texas; special friend: Velma Straughter; of Huntsville, Texas; sister-in-law: Alice O’Bryant; of Huntsville, Texas; devoted friend of the family: Linda Nicks; of Bryan, Texas; fifty grandchildren; seventy-eight great-grandchildren; twelve great-great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
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