McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 10, 2014

Linda Karen Riley

From submitted reports
Submitted report

McALESTER — Linda Karen Riley, 66, of Kiowa, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at a local nursing home.

Family will greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Kiowa with the Rev. Bob Deshazer officiating. Burial will be at Kiowa Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Jan. 31, 1948, in Saline County, Ark., she was the daughter of Carl Charles and Melba Jeane (Harding) Wilbur. She grew up in Arizona.

She moved to Oklahoma in 1989. She married Clarence Riley and they lived in Kiowa. She and her husband evangelized at local churches, prisons and nursing homes.

She enjoyed fishing and spent a lot of time at Kiowa Lake.

Survivors include her sons, Garland Eugene Hall Jr. and wife, Kristi, of Kiowa, and Jonathan Hall and wife, Amanda, Fort Smith; daughter, Eugeneia “Gina” Smithwick and husband, Matt, Rudd, Ark.

Also, grandchildren, Tara Whitman, Shane Hall, Stone Hall, Shyana Hall, Kindred Hall and Kennedy Chambers; great-grandchild, Haiden Felix; sisters, Carla Whitaker, of New York, Jenny Key, of Alabama, Julia Lewis, of Texas, Kenny Jeane Joya, of California, and Debra Fuller, of Arizona, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Riley; mother, Melba Jeane Barnes; father, Carl Charles Wilbur; infant son, Dennis Kenneth Skinner Jr., and, sisters, Saundra Wilbur and Elizabeth Blevins.

Pallbearers will be Gene Hall, Jon Hall, Shane Hall and Matt Smithwick.