Last weekend, a Citadel ring returned home after being lost for 50 years.
The Citadel class of 1920 ring belonging to the late Angus Wilson Riley was presented to members of his family at the home of Wilbur Brock in Cheraw on Dec. 7.
Brock, who found the ring, gave it to Mr. Riley’s daughter Mary Douglas “Dougie” Riley Hope of Bennettsville.
With Dougie Hope was her grandson Wilson Riley Hope (who was named after Riley), and his dad, Jay.
Wilson Riley Hope and his twin brother, John William Hope are Citadel class of 2016 graduates.
“We want to thank your family so much for this honor,” Jay Hope said. “You thought enough about the owners of this ring to get it back to us.”
Angus Riley was born in 1899 in Allendale. His brothers attended the Citadel and it was where he wanted to go. He entered The Citadel in 1916 during World War I.
Jay Hope said his grandfather was famous for his good looks, outgoing personality and fun-loving nature.
Upon graduation, Riley met Margaret Edens in Bennettsville where they wed in 1922. Here, they raised three daughters — Nancy, Dougie, and Margaret.
Riley worked in banking, advertising, and was a newspaper columnist. At the end of his career, he was appointed magistrate for Marlboro County by Fritz Hollings.