Gerald C. Riley, 78, of Graniteville, SC passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2023. He was born in Lexington County, South Carolina on February 17, 1945, and was the son of George Ira Riley and Gertrude Shealy Riley. He was a graduate of Leavelle McCampbell High School and served in the National Guard. Gerald retired from BellSouth in 2007 after a 40-year career. He was a true Southern Gentleman who loved bowling, dancing, gardening, and country music. In his later years, he developed a love of traveling. Gerald was the oldest of four children. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Margaret Elaine Jones Riley in 2017. He is survived by his son, Brad Gerald Riley (Tracy) and granddaughter Skylar Bradleigh Riley as well as his sisters Georgie Lewis (James), Geneva Greene (Doug), and his brother Gene Riley along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his son and granddaughter, Gerald leaves behind his longtime friend and traveling companion Ida Bridges. Ida and Gerald traveled extensively in the last few years and attended many concerts. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 25th, from 5:00-7:00 at Shellhouse Funeral Home, 924 Hayne Avenue, Aiken, South Carolina 29801. A private, family burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Donate online at www.diabetes.org, or by mail to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023. Notifications of donations can be sent to 782 Wheeland Road, Prosperity, SC 29127. SHELLHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 924 HAYNE AVE., AIKEN, SC 29801.
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