American Veteran 02

Riley Causey Perkins

September 23, 1946 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Riley Perkins Obituary

Riley Causey Perkins, affectionately known as "Pops," age 77, of Black Mountain, NC, was called to his eternal rest on February 11, 2024. Born on September 23, 1946, in Quincy, FL, he was a son of the late Guy Perkins and Mattie Causey Perkins.

A man of great integrity and fortitude, Pops is lovingly remembered by his family, including his daughter, Paula James (husband Larry) of Black Mountain, NC Granddaughter, Iris Jones (husband Wally), and his treasured Great-Grandchildren: Gabriel, Hannah, and Matthias (Matty) of Bermuda Run, NC. His memory is cherished by his siblings: brothers David Perkins of Venice, FL, Alan Perkins of Tallahassee, FL, Irvin Perkins of Havana, FL, and sister Dianne Perkins Maxwell of Havana, FL, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann Miller Perkins, his son Patrick Sheldon Perkins, and other dear family members.

Pops's upbringing in Havana High School laid the foundation for his commendable service in the US Army, where he served with honor in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War. His vocational life was spent mastering the trades of carpentry and CNC machining, where his skilled hands brought forth both form and function.

A steadfast member of The Church at Asheville, Pops's faith was a cornerstone of his life, guiding his actions and interactions with gentle strength and profound respect.

An artisan in his own right, Pops found joy in woodworking, creating items of both beauty and utility, from birdhouses to furniture, each piece a reflection of his dedication to his craft.


A Funeral Service to honor the life of Riley will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at The Church of Asheville (79 Piney Mountain Dr) at 2pm. He will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral. Viewing will be held at Avery's Memorial Chapel on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 12pm - 7pm. The service will be live streamed on Avery's Memorial Chapel's Facebook page.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to Swannanoa Animal Hospital
2580 US 70 Hwy.
Swannanoa, NC 28778
828-298-1434 or
Winter Animal Hospital
1140 FL GA Hwy
Havana, FL 32333
in honor of Pops's love for all creatures.

With arrangements entrusted to Avery's Memorial Chapel, the family extends their gratitude for the compassionate assistance during this time of farewell.

Pops's legacy is one of love, honor, and the enduring strength of family bonds. His presence will be deeply missed, yet his spirit will remain a guiding light to all who knew him.

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Open Viewing
February 23, 2024

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Avery's Memorial Chapel
542 Hendersonville RD
Asheville, NC 28803

Open Viewing
February 24, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Church of Asheville
79 Piney Mountain Dr,
Asheville, NC 28805

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

2:00 PM
The Church of Asheville
79 Piney Mountain Dr,
Asheville, NC 28805


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