Maggie Riley



Nettleton-One of God’s great gifts to mankind and a beautiful young soul, Margaret Kate “Maggie” Riley, at 17, entered eternal life at 10 PM Saturday, June 7, 2018 as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 6 between Plantersville and Nettleton. Born June 26, 2001 in Tupelo to loving parents, Wes and Amy Thomason Riley, Maggie was a lifelong Nettleton resident and joy to family, friends and all she met. A bubbly personality all the time, Maggie brought sunshine to everyone. Her cheerful, optimistic disposition made her a beloved and endeared child of God. As an incoming Senior at Nettleton High, she was a favorite to teachers and fellow students alike. She enjoyed learning, made grades that put her in the Beta Club and near the top of her class and served as a teacher’s aide and mentor to other students. Maggie was athletic, was a star tennis player at NHS and also played soccer and softball. A cheerleader and a strong supporter and promoter of the Ambush Football program, Maggie was the wind beneath the wings of everything and anything Nettleton High. A selfless, saved and grateful Christian lady, she was a charter member of Cross Point Fellowship where she enjoyed singing, serving as a prayer warrior and providing peer leadership and encouragement to her contemporaries. She was known to write notes during the sermons and then use other bible translations and readings to further the ideas of Christian living she was taught and share them with others. She dearly loved her family, her siblings and her little niece, Riley Rose, who knew her a “Minnie” from the world of Disney. She and her mother, Amy, were best buds and connected at the hip. She lived her life constantly striving to be the best she could be-the “Extra” in life as she would profess. She often proclaimed to her Mom that, “All that I’m after is a life filled with laughter.” Her favorite scripture was from Proverbs: “A joyful heart is like good medicine.” Her meek and mild “princess” personality was only belied by her all around character which was equally at ease skinning a deer or cleaning a fish!! Her life was an action packed, fun filled, selfless ministry to her God, her Church, her School, her community and especially to her Mom, Dad, siblings, Grandparents and extended families. Her grateful family expresses gratitude to all for your thoughts, prayers, kind deeds and especially your precious memories of dear, sweet Maggie.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 3 PM Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Cross Point Fellowship off Metts Road in Nettleton with her pastor, Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs, officiating. Her sister, Elizabeth, will provide family reflections. Burial will follow in New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County. Visitation is from 5 PM-8PM Tuesday and from 1 PM-service time on Wednesday all at Cross Pointe Fellowship. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.
Maggie leaves to carry the torch of her brief but fulfilled earthy pilgrimage, her Mom and Dad, Wes and Amy Riley; her siblings, Elizabeth Riley Cruber (Dakota), Will Riley (Katie) and Sam Riley all of Nettleton; her grandparents, Janet and Phillip “Pip” Thomason of Tupelo and Gail Riley of Nettleton. Her precious niece, Riley Rose Cruber; her aunts and uncles; Deanna Adkins (Billy), Tina Young (David), Michael Wayne Riley and all the extended Riley and Thomason families. She was preceded in death by his granddad, Billy Wayne Riley.
Pallbearers will be Luke Adkins, Joseph Young, Jonathan Young, John Dabbs. Will Hawkins and James Arthur. Honorary pallbearers will be the Nettleton High Tennis team.

Memorials in Maggie’s memory may be made to the Church she loved so much, Cross Pointe Fellowship, 265 Metts Road, Nettleton, MS. 38858. Condolences may be e mailed to