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Willie Bee Riley

Willie Bee Riley, 83, from Laurel, Mississippi, died Friday January 1, 2021 at Laird Hospital in Union, Mississippi. She was born Tuesday, May 25, 1937 in Laurel, Mississippi.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville, Mississippi. Graveside Services will be held Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:30 PM at Palestine Cemetery on Audubon Drive in North Laurel. Dr. Richard Clark will officiate. Ellisville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (601) 477-3797

Willie Bee Riley spent her time with her family and friends. She was a homemaker and enjoyed being outdoors. She loved gardening, fishing, or simply enjoying her coffee on her swing. She either stayed home spending time with family or spent her nights out on the town. Willie Bee Riley never met a stranger; she was in fact, the life of the party.
You would have seen her with a cigarette in one hand and a large glass of sweet tea in the other. It was always her way or the highway. Nanny would always want us to remember that, "It'll all come out in the wash."

She was preceded in death by her parents Obie and Bessie Clark. Her brother Loranza " Buddy" Clark and her five sisters, Audie Lee Mosley, Rochelle Hankins, Vernell Perry, Luevene Tolbert, and Martha Mae Clark; one half-sister, Fibee Reck; and four half-brothers, Granville Clark, R. C. Clark, J. C. Clark, and Norvel Clark. Father of her children, Jessie L. Stringer.

Survivors include her daughter: Jessie Mitchell and her children Emileigh Irvin, Abby Alburn and Tyson Powell; son Rodney Stringer (Denise)and his children Brandi Nicole Martin Rheanna Stringer brother; Obie Clark (Alice); great grandchildren; Kellen Carter Powell, Macie Powell and Katie Powell. A host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Matt Robin, Chris Davis, David Ward, Butch Newman, Darrel Stringer and Jessie Smith.

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Willie Bee Riley
May 25, 1937 - January 1, 2021




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