OBITUARY: Riley Bill McWilliams


Riley Bill McWilliams passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

On June 25, 1930, Riley was born to the late Hugh and Meddie McWilliams. He was a hog farmer, and his hogs were his best friends. He was also a logger. Everyone in Mt. Pleasant knew him as the “Tomato Man” because of his amazing tomatoes. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Riley was preceded in death by his: parents, Hugh and Meddie McWilliams; wife, Willie Mae McWilliams; and siblings: Myrtle Chatman, Dorothy Carr, Ocie Workman, Blanche Whitehead, Buck McWilliams, Elzo McWilliams, Frank McWilliams, and Jay McWilliams.

Riley is survived by his: two daughters, Pam (Mike) Whitley and Pat (Stan) Eastep; three grandchildren: Lauren (Taylor) Eastep, Dewayne “Bubba” (Morgan) Eastep, and Haley Eastep; seven great-grandchildren: Oakley Eastep, Laila Powell, Adisyn Hendley, Keaton Wiley, Murphy Eastep, WillieMae Eastep and Miller Eastep; and a special niece, Jane Kennedy.

A graveside service for Riley will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 3:30 pm at Polk Memorial Mausoleum with David Kersey officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Pallbearers for the service will be Mike Whitley, Stan Eastep, Oakley Eastep, Ronnie Marshall, David Gray, Ricky Grooms, Donald Sharp, and Randy Workman.

Honorary pallbearers include all the staff at Mt. Pleasant Health and Rehab.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to them online at

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