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Bernadette Jackson Riles, 72, of Savannah, Georgia, died Thursday evening, November 5, 2020, at Azalealand Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born in New York City, New York, she was raised by her grandmother, the late Nellie Jackson. Bernadette was of the Baptist faith. She was a graduate of Beach High School. Bernadette owned and operated Riles Restaurant for many years. She directed many special events by catering and decorating. Bernadette loved spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Johnny Riles, she was preceded in death by her parents, her grandmother, and her son.

Survivors include two daughters, Nicole Robinson Walker and her husband, A. J., and Angela Yvette Hicks; a son, Jimmy Baker (Wendy); six grandchildren, Crystal Baker, Christopher Smith (Candace), Marcus Hicks (Tia), Morgan Montgomery, Avery Robinson and Waverly Baker; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Teresa Emerson (Steven); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2020, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue conducted by the Reverend Dr. Andrew Young, with the family receiving friends afterwards until 4 o’clock.

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  1. Tammy Simmons says:

    To my family,
    May God keep and sustain you my sisters, during this sad time. Now may she (mom) rest in heaven with our Lord. Love you all

  2. Corletta L.Hardy says:

    Condolences to the family and friends to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord .Look towards the hills as you all prepare to take that last walk with your love one Sleep in heavenly peace from Sophia Hardy mother .

  3. Redina Thomas says:

    I am praying for you and your Family! You were an amazing daughter to your mom. May your fond memories warm your hearts is my humble pray.
    Remember death ends a life, but not the relationship. Your Angel is forever with you!

    I love you,
    Your cousin Dina and Family!

  4. Vincent Kelly says:

    Dear Angie, Nikki, and Family,

    You have our deepest condolences. Aunt Bernie will always be a “Jackson” family rock star. We loved her yesterday and all of our tomorrows.

    May God keep you and hold you through this difficult time. Your Mom is resting in God’s Heavenly arms forever.

    We were on the Zoom Link. This not how we wanted to say goodbye, though we will see her again!

    Love you always,

    Vincent, Debbie, Uncle William, Bridgett, Marques, and Kiana Kelly

  5. Tanya Clark says:

    To the family of Ms. Riles. I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Riles was a very special lady. It was a privilege to assist her. May God strengthen you all during this time of sorrow. God Bless and Keep you all

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