Robert E. "Bob" Ryals

Born in Miami, FL on August 27, 1950

Departed on May 15, 2019 and resided in Franklin, TN

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When you think of Bob Ryals, what is the first thing that you remember? Is it Belmont blue, or is it Gator orange? Is it the ball cap or the visor? Is it football, baseball or basketball? Did you sit by him in the stands or in the choir loft? No matter which it was, he always had a reserved seat.
But, Bob was so much more than these things… He loved life, he loved people, but most of all, he loved God. He took great pride in his love for family and sought to love people as an extension of his love for Christ. This week, our lives have taken a significant hit. The absence of Bob at the game, at the table, and in the choir loft is a bitter-sweet thought. But, the joy! Can you picture it? A reserved seat has been filled by a new choir member who boldly stood with hands lifted high, just a few days prior, as he watched from the pews as his wife and daughter sang on Mother’s Day. Take comfort today, and let his memory be a reminder to live a life that brings glory to God. Amen

Robert Earl Ryals, age 68, of Franklin, TN passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. He was born in Miami, FL on August 27, 1950 to Earl and Edna Ryals.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Cindy Ryals; his daughter Niki Petersen and husband, Daniel; his son Cary Ryals and wife, Rachel; and five grandchildren, Connor Petersen, Abby Petersen, Kate Ryals, Sophie Ryals, and Jude Ryals. He is also survived by his sister, Susan French and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, an organization where Bob gave his time, his ministry, and his love.
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(In memory of Bob Ryals)

9 Comments to Mr. Robert E. "Bob" Ryals

  1. Janice Bobbitt - Snelling Staffing, Nashville says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Bob well, but I had the opportunity of working with him early last year. Bob was honest and forthcoming and just a great guy to work with and in my industry, you don’t always find those traits in business. He will be missed!

  2. Karen Hagen says:

    Cary I am so sorry for your loss…I could always tell how much you loved and admired your daddy when you spoke of him. I will be praying for you and the rest of your family as you all deal with this difficult time

  3. Howard and Judy Brown says:

    Our hearts were broken to hear this news but rejoice in knowing all is well for eternity. We will cherish the friendship and sweet memories. Sending our love to the family.

  4. Paul and Sandi Richards says:

    We are so sad for your loss, but comforted to know you will be reunited one day. God grant you all peace and comfort during this time.

  5. Bruce and Roxanne McVay says:

    Bruce and Roxanne,
    We are so sorry to hear about Bobby…. prayers for the family πŸ™βœοΈπŸ™

  6. Marsha Broxton says:

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.
    Prayers for you and the family, and that the Lord would comfort you all during this time. I know you take comfort in the knowledge that you will be reunited again one day. Love you, sweet friend.

  7. Pam Shepard says:

    Bobby was my cousin and he always had a smile. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  8. Debbie ALLEN Turvin says:

    So sorry to hear about Bobby. He was always so nice to me in High School. God has him now. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  9. Jim Moody says:

    Cindy, Susan and family, you are in our prayers for the earthly loss of Bobby but his heavenly home going. I know he is enjoying his time with his Lord and seeing his mom and dad again. I don’t say bye or so long to Bobby, I say see you later my friend. May God Bless and keep each of you, is my prayer.

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