City of Bluefield mourns passing of Art Riley, funeral arrangements made

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS)– City of Bluefield Mayor Ron Martin announced the passing of a beloved community member on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Directors, Administration and city employees are mourning the loss of Art Riley.

Riley was often at city board meetings and known as “Mr. Bluefield” around town. He lead the Downtown Merchants’ Association and organized the annual Christmas parade. He worked closely with city ambassador, Marie Blackwell, while doing so.

“”He just loved this city he loved the people, and he’s gonna be sorely missed, really bad,” Blackwell said.

He was also an informal historian of the city and owned the Landmark Antiques store downtown.

Riley’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday at Mercer Funeral Home. Visitation starts at 4 p.m.

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