Marvin Cleo RILEY Jennifer Lee RILEY Regina MCNAMARA Living RILEY LaVonna Faye STEWART Kerdelia O HENSON Mini tree diagram
Melton Joe RILEY

Melton Joe RILEY1,9,4,2,5,6,3,10,7,11,8

26th Feb 19421,4,5,6,3,2,7,8 - 15th Nov 19961,5,3,2,7,8

Life History

26th Feb 1942

Born in Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas.1,4,5,6,3,2,7,8

16th Jun 1962

Married Regina MCNAMARA in Clark County, Nevada.9,11

29th Jul 1971

Divorced from Regina MCNAMARA in Moore County, Texas.9

10th Oct 1971

Birth of daughter Jennifer Lee RILEY in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3,13,7,12

9th Oct 1976

Married LaVonna Faye STEWART in Moore County, Texas.14,6

4th Jan 1992

Death of daughter Jennifer Lee RILEY.7,12

15th Nov 1996

Died in Barry County, Missouri.1,5,3,2,7,8


after 15th Nov 1996

Buried in Berryhill Cemetery, Washburn, Barry County, Missouri.1,2,3

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living RILEY


  • While all other public records record his name as Melton, note that the Texas Birth Index spells his first name Milton.  This record also gives us his middle name and the names of his parents and place of birth.  His daughter JoAnna tells me he always went by Joe and no one called him Melton.

    Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
    Milton Joe Riley
    Birth 26 Feb 1942 Lubbock County
    Father's Name Marvin Cleo Riley
    Mother's Name Cordelia Ophelia Henson

    Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005
    Regina Mcnamara
    Melton Joseph Riley
    Marriage Date 16 June 1962
    Recorded Clark County Marriages, Page H04

    Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2014
    Regina M Riley
    Divorce Age 31 (b abt 1940)
    Melton J Riley
    Divorce Age 29 (b abt 1942)
    Marriage Date 16 Jun 1962
    Divorce 29 July 1971 Moore County, Texas, USA
    Number of Children 2

    Five years after his divorce from Regina, Joe married the widow LaVonna Stewart, whose husband Sheldon Earl Green had died about a year earlier.

    Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011
    Melton J Riley
    Age 34, Birth Year abt 1942
    Marriage 9 Oct 1976 Moore County, Texas
    Spouse Lavona F Stewart
    Spouse Age 23, Est birth year 1953

    Joe and LaVonna's daughter JoAnna provided many details about her family.

    My mother's name is LaVonna Faye Stewart (Green, Riley, Richter.)  Though, she often did not use her given name, instead she used the nickname Bunny.  She was born July 6, 1953 to Bill and Beulah Stewart in Enid, OK. She has 3 sisters.  I've always heard that they moved around often, as my grandfather was in construction and I believe that he hepled build the Table Rock Dam near where I live now in Missouri.

    She graduated high school in 1972 from Cassville, MO.  I do not know how or why she, my grandparents and aunts moved to Texas.  My presumption would be due to my Grandfather's work.  She then married Mr. Green and sometime after his death she met and married my father.  I was born in 1978.  I do not know what year my Grandmother died but some time after that my grandfather moved back to Missouri.

    I believe it might have been in 1988 or 1989 and we eventually followed him, moving there in 1990 the summer between my 5th and 6th grades.  Granddad died that same summer.

    My father died in 1996, about a month before my 18th birthday.  Sometime in late 1997, early 1998 she met and married a man named Gary Richter.  Mom died Sept 21, 2006.  This date also happens to be the day before my wedding anniversary.  I married my husband, James Luney, Sept. 22, 2000.

    My father's name is Melton Joe Riley.  NO ONE called him Melton.  He was Joe.  He was born Feb 26, 1942 in Lubbock, TX.  He liked to tell me he was born in the back of a greyhound bus.  My dad was a great kidder.  His mother was called Mabel, though her name was Cordelia Ophelia Powell.  She died when i was very young.

    The man I knew as my grandmother's husband was my father's stepfather, Ernest Powell.  I never knew my dad's biological father, Jack Riley, nor did my father ever speak to him.  I believe that my dad joined the Marines when he was 18.  I do not know much about that time, only that he was in Vietnam.

    At some point, he spent some time in Pennsylvania. He and his first wife had a daughter.  My sister (step-sister) was born in 1972.  My father died November 15, 1996.

    My father, mother, and grandfather's (mother's father) graves are located in Berryhill cemetary in Washburn, MO.  It is a tiny family (mother's family) cemetary.
    --  JoAnna Riley Luney, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 25 May 2013

    U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
    Melton Riley
    Birth Date 26 Feb 1942
    Death Date 15 Nov 1996
    Cause of Death Natural
    SSN 456662239

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Melton Joe Riley [Melton Riley]
    Birth 26 Feb 1942 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas
    Death Date 15 Nov 1996
    Father Marvin Riley
    Mother Kerdilia O Henson
    SSN 456662239
    Signature on SSN Card Joe Riley
    Jan 1958 Name listed as MELTON JOE RILEY; 12 Nov 1996 Name listed as MELTON RILEY

    Social Security Death Index
    Melton Riley
    Born 26 Feb 1942
    Died 15 Nov 1996
    SSN 456-66-2239 issued Texas (1957-1958)

    The SSDI does not report Melton's last residence address.  I found a record of his burial in Washburn, Missouri, but have seen no record yet of the actual place of death or last residence.

    U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
    M Joe Riley
    Birth Date 26 Feb 1942
    Death Date 15 Nov 1996
    Burial Berryhill Cemetery, Washburn, MO 65772 Obituary Index, 1800s-current
    Joe Riley, Male
    Death Age 54 (b abt 1942)
    Residence Exeter
    Death Date Nov 1996
    Burial Washburn (Barry County, Missouri)
    Obituary published 17 Nov 1996 Springfield, Missouri, United States of America

    The name in his memorial on Find a Grave is Michael instead of Melton.

    Melton Joe Riley
    Birth Feb 26, 1942 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
    Death Nov 15, 1996 Barry County, Missouri, USA
    Burial Berryhill Cemetery, Washburn, Barry County, Missouri
    Parents Marvin C Riley 1913-1979
    Maintained by JFI, Originally Created by Jody May 12, 2007
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #19348200,

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