cf9f448c-89d8-4577-a4c0-c739bb54f2a4Artie Joseph Riley Sr. was born January 18, 1924 in Graham, Texas to the late Benjamin J. Riley and Willie Etter (Mask) Riley. He was raised in Throckmorton and Breckenridge and worked in the oil fields with his brothers before entering the U. S. Navy in 1943. Serving during World War II, he received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he continued service with the Naval Reserve until 1950. He married Ella Doyce Thompson on April 17, 1946 in Wichita Falls and they made their home here. During his early years, he was an evangelist, traveling to many small communities in this areaScreen Shot 2015-10-30 at 10.41.57 AM representing the Church of Christ. Art was a postal employee until he became owner and operator of Art’s Home Pest Exterminator, Inc. in 1959 until his retirement, when his son Tim took over. He attended Midwestern State University and later graduated from Rhema Bible College. Art was a member of Evangel Temple here in Wichita Falls for many years and taught Sunday School at the church. Art was a loving husband, father, grandfather and all of his family was special to him.