William Franklin Riley William ("Bill") Franklin Riley was born November 7, 1920, in Big Spring, Texas. He died September 19, 2007, in Austin, Texas, at age 86. Bill was a man of many talents. He was a musician, a story teller, a writer, and a practical philosopher. Bill loved music. Self taught, his fiddle playing was with him from an early age making spending money and throughout the years entertaining friends and family. Never at a loss for stories, Bill chronicled his life and humorous incidents into a collection of stories, preserving valuable history and memories for his friends and family and authoring his book "The Times and Travels of Cusinbill". Friends and family were always amazed at his keen memory, never forgetting names, dates or places where incidents had occurred or what dominoes had been played during the Friday night "forty-two" dominoe games. Bill embraced technology, and the Internet was his daily companion, ‘chatting’ with friends afar, sharing his latest story, and deciding on his latest favorite stock pick. Bill’s garden was his pride and daily therapy. His weed-free garden sits today with the fall planting in the ground. Bill was a proud World War II Veteran. He was very active in the Port Arthur, Texas, VFW and is still known there as one of the best pool player around. Bill was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City. Bill is survived by his sons William Franklin ("Frank") Riley, Jr. and J. Ray ("Tex") Riley, and daughter, Alex Montana; his 9 grandchildren, Lori C. Riskin, Kelly C. Ruiz, Natasha C. Riley-Krugly, Sean A. Riley, William Franklin Riley III, Terri Faye Gray, Sherri Kay Patten, Dana Redfern, Stephen Adair; and his 9 great grandchildren, Riley S. Riskin, Josey T. Riskin, Ruby I. Riskin, Roberto Ruiz III, Samuel C. Ruiz, Ryan W. Gray, Taylor Elizabeth Gray, Micah R. Gray, and Riley Ann Parker.