Services for Mr. Terence Antonio Ryals, 55, who died June 24, were held July 3 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Lumber City. Interment was at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lumber City.
Mr. Ryals was born to Willie (Tess) Harris and Hosey Ryals in Lumber City Dec. 31, 1966. His schooling started at Lumber City Elementary School and he graduated from Telfair County High School in 1985. He attended Holly Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He worked for an industrial plant in Atlanta for several years and later moved to Blue Ridge Mountain where he worked as a ground’s keeper.
Terence was a wonderful person, who would give you the shirt off of his back. He struggled for many years to live a righteous life, but he recently gave his life to Christ. His favorite pastime were reading his bible, home improvements, and talking on the phone to his mom and sister daily. His vivacious and giving spirit will be missed by many. He lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who adored him. The simplest pleasure in life brought great joy to him.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Willie (Pearl) Duncan, Hosey (Ocie) Ryals, stepfather George S. Mosley, aunt Cynthia (Sug) Mallard, and his mom’s husband James Harris.
Survivors include his mother Willie (Tess) Harris; father Hosey (Mae) Ryals; sons and a daughter Cedric (Wuga) Gibson and Gary Tobler of Lumber City, and Teneshia Williams of Uvalda; grandchildren Treasure, Heaven, Trinity, Christian, and Ameyrical; sister Tekeshia (Eric) Koonce MBA and MHRM of Fayetteville; cousins who were like his sister and brother Zandra (Nancy) Duncan and Zaylvia (Tank) Carmichael of Savannah; sister and brother Dr. Keena Ryals-Jenkins (Sean) and LaCory Ryals Sr. of Fayetteville; sister and brother Jacinda (Cindy) Harris of Stone Mountain and James (Dakeysha) Harris Jr. of Flint, Mich.; aunts and uncles Charles (Lucille) Gates of Lumber City, Edward (Joann) Gates of Miami, Fla., Linda Conaway of Glenwood, DeLacey (Dorothy) Ryals, Shirlene Ringgold, Gail Wilcox, Ora (Willie Samuel) Clark, all of Lumber City, Faye Scott of Spartanburg, S.C., and Leon (Bridgette) Ryals of Atlanta; nieces and nephews Carlos (Whitney – Cason, Cairo and Cree) Bentley Jr., Iyuna Davis, Jordan Darden, Toney Koonce, Myles, Mychael and Mya Jenkins, LaCory Jr., Tylar, Taylar, Javon Ryals and Kobe Harris; cousins Cynthia, JauDonne, Tierra, Jamar, Montana, Devin, Andre, Deshawn, Deone, CJ, Kobe, Regina, Kenya, Dervin and La’Angela; and many cousins and family members.
King Brothers Funeral Home, Hazlehurst, was in charge. www.kingbrothersfh.com