Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel
On Aug. 25, 1962, Christopher Charles Friley was born in Ashland to Susan Hawk Friley and the late Charles “Babe” Friley. At 5:17 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2013, he won his battle with cancer at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Chris was a 1980 graduate of Boyd County High School and received a degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1984. He pursued graduate studies at Radford University and Loyola University Maryland.
Chris was a lifelong learner who continued to read and expand his repertoire of knowledge until he simply could no more. His love for his family was paramount. While his siblings were happy to eat from paper plates on holidays, Chris would polish the silver and wash the china before and after holiday meals. He never missed sending a birthday card to family members with a note and a dollar bill.
Besides his father, Charles “Babe” Friley, grandparents, aunts, uncles and “Aunt Ginny,” who preceded him by six days, waiting to greet him were his childhood friends, Grant Johnson, Gary and Roger Vannatter and their dad, Rodger, and his beloved cousin, Miram Brown.
Chris’ family is comforted knowing he was greeted by these people who were so special to him during their lives.
Besides his mother, Susan Hawk Friley, Chris will be missed by his sister, Diana Rakes and husband Tony of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Tom Friley and wife Susan Davis of Lexington; nephews and niece Zachary Keith Rakes (Miranda), Zane Hawk Friley and Corey McKay Friley; great-nephew and great-niece Kale Asher Rakes and Skylar Jubilee Rakes; and a dear friend, Marty Vannatter.
His mother and siblings will forever be grateful to friends Steve Conley and Penni Stewart for making it possible for Chris to remain at home until the last week of his life.
Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland. A short message of comfort will be given by Richard Brown at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Catlettsburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Vannatter Memorial Scholarship, c/o Marty Vannatter, 30218 Faulkner Road, Catlettsburg, KY 41129 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.