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Leonard Shavan Riley, Sr
July 25, 1962 ~ October 25, 2022 (age 60) 60 Years Old
Leonard Shavan Riley Sr. was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 5:46am at the youthful age of 60 to be with his parents. Shavan was born on July 25, 1962, to the late Beverly and Leonard Joseph Riley. He was raised by his MeMe the late Clara Williams. Shavan was the loving husband to Theresa Ann Riley for 29 years. He was the devoted father to 2 lovely daughters Dejanira (Raymond) Nichols and Ishanara Riley and one son Leonard “RJ” Riley Jr. He was also a loving father/uncle to Erica (Anthony) Pichon. He was the grandfather to 2 granddaughters Ya’Mire Nichols and Ty’Laya Riley and one grandson Zakir Nichols. Shavan leaves to cherish his memories; his only sister Natachia Riley, 4 brothers Jarred, Damian (Lisa), Dedrick (Crystal) and Denair Riley also Sandra Irons, Raymond (Leola), Ron (Debbie) and Travia Steward and the late Cheryl (Robert) Hogan. Shavan also leaves to mourn his passing his 4 aunts Ella Mae Riley, Diana (Rudy) Bienemy, Brenda (Leo) Henry, Pamela Bentley and 2 uncles Sidney (Audrey) and James Bentley and his loyal friend Buddy Franklin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Shavan was a longtime resident of Ironton, where he raised his family and loved his community. You would catch him walking around Ironton, talking to everybody. He lived in Ironton until Hurricane Ida destroyed his home, as he would say, for the last time. So, he relocated his family to Oakville. He worked at Daybrooks Fishery (Pokey Plant) in Empire for the last 5 years where we worked as a Mechanic. Leonard was a man with many nicknames Shavan (which is his middle name), Flash which was given to him when he played baseball because he could run fast and his latest was Black given to him by his niece Erica. I know some of you might think it was because of the color of his skin (LOL) but black was his favorite color. He drove a black truck, had a black 4-wheeler and a black Dodge Challenger. Black loved life by always laughing, joking, cussing, hunting, fishing, and just being himself. His memories will forever live in our hearts. As he would say, “You can’t kill old grass.” Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the celebration of life services which will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at St. John Baptist Church located at 7047 LA – 39, Braithwaite, LA 70040. The visitation will begin at 10 a.m., and the service will begin at 11 a.m. Reverend Donald Tate is the eulogist and Pastor John Riley is the host pastor. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Baptist Church Cemetery in Phoenix, LA. Due to Covid – 19, facemasks are still encouraged. Funeral planning entrusted to Robinson Family Funeral Home 9611 LA – 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 (504) 208 – 2119