Ed Riley


Edward Owen “Ed” Riley, age 81, went to be with his beloved Ellen on May 29, 2020, following a two-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After graduating from North Fulton High School, Buckhead, Ga., he served his country honorably as a Marine. After discharge, he and Ellen were married and lived in Smyrna, Ga.; Irmo, S.C.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Marietta, Ga.; Knoxville, Tenn.; St. Simons Island, Ga.; Brunswick, Ga.; and Tuckasegee, N.C. They were active in both large and small Episcopal churches from the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cashiers, and the King of Peace, Kingsland, Ga.

The Rileys are survived by three children, Laura Anne, Sue Ellen and John Edward; six grandchildren, Mary Claire Upton and Caroline Grace Upton, Casey Allen Hicks and Samantha Leigh Sharpe, Jason Edward Riley and Auburn Nicole Riley; and three great-grandchildren, Damien Lee Sharpe and Marshall Owen Sharpe, Lincoln Allen Hicks.

Ed was the busiest retired person you ever met. Over the years he was an active member of the Canada Volunteer Fire Department and a first responder. He started a Fraser fir tree farm and native plant nursery, developed houses on Caney Fork with his friend James, restored a classic Mustang with his grandson Casey, was an instrument rated pilot and avid sailor. Ed and Ellen were world travelers, taking their grandchildren to Europe and Australia.

Upon the death of Rusty, their beloved long-hair Chihuahua, the three will have their ashes spread somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com.