Cumberland Times-News

Obituaries

January 27, 2014

JOHN G. RILEY [Clarksburg, W.Va.]

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — John G. Riley, 82, of Clarksburg, formerly of Augusta, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1931, in Augusta, to the late Harry G. and Kathryn (Beery) Riley.

He is survived by two brothers, Harry G. Riley (Mary) of Crestview, Fla., Sammy Riley (Barbara) of Augusta; one sister, Linda Riley Wilson (Steve) of Winchester, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William (Bill) Riley and Robert B. Riley.

John attended Central Christian Church (Disciples) in Clarksburg, for 55 years, and he was a member of the Augusta Church of Christ (Disciples).

John was the Valedictorian of his class at the WV School for the Deaf and Blind. He graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a BS in Business Administration. He also earned two Master’s Degrees in History and English and Rehabilitation Counseling. He had Advanced Academic Training in Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University and the West Virginia Rehabilitation Counseling Department.

John was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association and certified as a Licensed West Virginia Professional Counselor. He was a former President of the WV Chapter of National Rehabilitation Association and of the Regional Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was a Career Rehabilitation Counselor in West Virginia for 45 years until his retirement in 2001. John was recognized as a leading counselor for the blind in the United States. He established the first ocular prosthetic clinic for the blind in Clarksburg and Morgantown, W.Va. During this time, he established performance records in the number of blind rehabilitation clients in the state of West Virginia and the nation.

John initiated the concept “Career Rehab Counselor” that was adapted by the West Virginia Rehabilitation Agency. He was responsible for establishing and maintaining leadership and records in the Harley B. Reiger Foundation that provides external services to blind individuals, as well as other disability groups in all of the West Virginia colleges, WVU, and the services for the blind at this Rehab Center and also at the Pittsburg Guild for the Blind. John provided rehabilitation services for the blind in the 30 northern counties of West Virginia.

John was musically talented in playing the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. As an alumnus of West Virginia University, he was an avid Mountaineer fan. He also enjoyed the financial challenges of keeping up to date with the stock market activities. John life was spent being a servant to others.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. at McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, with the Rev. Del Parris and Pastor Leonard Ludwick officiating.

Interment will follow in Augusta Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held at the Central Christian Church (Disciples) in Clarksburg at a later date.

Memorial may be made to Central Christian Church (Disciples), 114 S. Chestnut St., Clarksburg, WV 26301; Augusta Church of Christ (Disciples), attn: Janet Shingleton, P.O. Box 132, Augusta, WV, 26704 or People’s Hospice United Hospital Center, 327 Medical Park Dr., Bridgeport, WV, 26330.

All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Augusta.

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