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Hall of Famer and Former RBA President, Raymond Riley, Passes Away


Raymond C. Riley, 79, of Bonsack, passed away from his loving family to the presence of his Lord after a lengthy illness early Friday morning.

Born in Louisiana, he obtained an Associate Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University and served in the Naval Reserves.He then married his beloved wife, Delores Darlene Jeffries, and over the next 59 years they lived in Missouri and Illinois until moving to Virginia with the railroad in 1972.

After joining the Vinton community, Raymond continued working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad until his retirement in 1995. After his retirement, he and Darlene became avid bowlers where he served as President of the Greater Roanoke Area USBC. In 2011, he was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

He is survived by his two daughters, Raylene Riley of Blue Ridge, and Regina Watkins and son-in-law, Leo, of Troutville; grandchildren, Ashley Watkins, Morgan Barr and Nathan Watkins.

The family would especially like to thank caregiver, Loquine Hamilton, the staff at Carilion Vascular ICU, and all of the other health care professionals that helped Raymond during his time of need.

Those wishing to make a donation, please consider a charity of your choice.


Roanoke Bowler shoots 300 at US Open

Bowling in the Singles Event at the US Open in Albuquerque, our very own Steven Tribbett bowled games of 208-300-185 for a 693 series. Steven’s 300 was the 14th rolled in this year’s competition. Congratulations Steven!

New Roanoke USBC BA High Triplicate Record

Congratulations to Steve Tucker for his triplicate 278 bowled on January 29, 2008 at Vinton Bowling Center.

New Roanoke Bowling Association Team Scratch Series Record

A new RBA Team Scratch Series Record was set on December 7, 2007 at Vinton Bowling Center.

Frank Quarles 680
Bill Harris III 677
Richard Casey 816
Tim Flood 684
Mike Ward 720
Scratch Total 3577

First Roanoke USBC BA Woman to Roll 300

Congratulations to Kathy Jenkins! While bowling in the Star City League at Hilltop Lanes on October 27, 2006, Kathy became the first woman to roll a RUSBCBA-sanctioned 300.

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