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.
TENNESSEE BAPTIST CHILDRENS HOME
PO BOX 2206
BRENTWOOD, TN 37024
(In memory of Bob Ryals)