Memorial Day ceremony to feature special guest speaker
In remembrance of those who served our country over the years, the Arbovale Cemetery Association holds an annual memorial service at the cemetery and the Arbovale United Methodist Church on Memorial Day.
This year, the service will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, at the church with guest speaker Ed Riley.
A native of Green Bank, Riley now resides with his wife, Charlotta, in Hillsboro. Riley received a Bachelorﾒs degree in animal science from West Virginia University, where he was a member of the ROTC program. He joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he raised through the ranks to First Lieutenant. He was discharged from the Army in 1966.
Riley served as the WVU Extension Agent in Morgan County for three years before moving back to Pocahontasﾠ County. He served as Pocahontas County Sanitation Officer for 35 years and was elected president of the Solid Waste Authority for the first time in 1989. He was recently re-elected as president of the SWA.
The Rileyﾒs raised two children, daughter Sara Boothe, now of Princeton, and Joe Riley, principal at Marlinton Middle School.
After Rileyﾒs address, the service will move to the cemetery, where the Pocahontas County Honor Corps will perform a flag presentation.