Riley Arnold Maready, 70, of Jacksonville, died peacefully October 31, 2014, surrounded by his family at Vidant Medical Center. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the pastors Jerry Bryant, Chris Jarman and Daniel Flynn officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville and at other times at the Prayer Barn located at the home of Arnold and Judy Maready.Arnold was born on December 6, 1943, in Chinquapin, North Carolina to the late Geneva Lanier and Riley Roe Maready. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Judy Jarman Maready. Arnold is also survived by his children: Aaron Durell Maready and wife, Stacy; Richard "Ricky" Daron Maready and wife, Ann; Dereck Brent Maready and wife, Kim, all of Onslow County; and Melanie Maready Stokes, and husband, Woody of Fuquay-Varina.He is survived by eight grandchildren: Joseph Maready, Jessica Maready, Riley Maready, Walter Maready, Sarah Maready, Kaitlyn Maready, Savannah Stokes and Jack Stokes. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Koby Maready, Taylor Maready and Olivia Mobley.He is survived by his brothers: Gurmon Maready, Edgar Maready, Coy Maready and John Maready, and by his sisters: Rebecca "Beck" Smith, Jenny Collins and Sudie Arnette. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Nadalene Lanier and Carolyn Maready, and a brother, Malcom Maready.Arnold devoted his life to a career in construction and carpentry. He was a longtime active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he served in numerous capacities. He was committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and took a strong leadership role in the Prayer Barn, which was first established by his father-in-law, Walter Raleigh Jarman, in the early 1950s. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Half Moon Church Road, Jacksonville, N.C. 28546.Condolences can be left at JDNews.com.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.