MAYFIELD - Charles C. Riley, age 85, of Mayfield passed away at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his residence.
He was a retired forklift mechanic and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Charles was a great guitar player and singer. In 1953, he and his best friend Paul Yandell, along with Bud Hayley, Fonzie Davis and Curley Cole, formed their first band. The group played on WNGO in Mayfield and WNBS in Murray. He performed at local events and night spots throughout the four-state area. He and his brother, H.B. Riley, served as music directors in various local churches.
He is survived by one son, Bruce Riley, Mayfield; one daughter, Rebecca and husband Terry Reed, Sedalia, Missouri; one brother, Clayton "Johnnie" Riley, Mayfield; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Sue Riley; and parents, Herbert Otto and Audie Edwards Riley.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Golo with the Rev. C.W. Jackson officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 26.
Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Reed, Keith Reed, Jeremy Reed, Barry Newsome, Larry Riley and Randy Wilford.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield.