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Terence Antonio Ryals, 55
Terence Antonio Ryals, 55
Terence Antonio Ryals, 55

Terence Antonio Ryals was born to Willie (Tess) Harris and Hosey Ryals in Lumber City, Georgia, on December 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.  He later moved to Blue Ridge Mountain where he worked as a groundskeeper for several years.  

He leaves behind a truly dear and loving mother who would move mountains for him, Willie (Tess) Harris, and his father, Hosey (Mae) Ryals, who he visited quite often and loved dearly.

Terence was a wonderful person, who would give you the shirt off his back.  He struggled for many years to live a righteous life, but he recently gave his life to Christ.  His favorite pastime was reading his Bible, which he carried everywhere he would go; home improvements; and talking on the phone to his mom and sister daily. His vivacious and giving spirit will be missed by many.  Even though he was taken too soon, he lived an extraordinary life, surrounded by people who adored him.  The simplest pleasure in life brought great joy to him.

Terence entered eternal rest on Friday, June 24, 2022.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willie (Pearl) Duncan and Hosey (Ocie) Ryals; his stepfather, George S. Mosley; his aunt, Cynthia (Sug) Mallard; and his mom’s husband, James Harris.

He leaves precious memories to two sons and a daughter: Cedric (Wuga) Gibson and Gary Tobler of Lumber City, Georgia; and Teneshia Williams of Uvalda, Georgia; five grandchildren: Treasure, Heaven, Trinity, Christian, and Ameyrical; a loving sister, Tekeshia (Eric) Koonce MBA and MHRM of Fayetteville, Georgia;  two very special and dear cousins who were like his sister and brother, Zandra (Nancy) Duncan and Zaylvia (Tank) Carmichael of Savannah;  a dear sister and brother, Dr. Keena Ryals-Jenkins (Sean) and LaCory Ryals, Sr., of Fayetteville, Georgia; a dear sister and brother, Jacinda (Cindy) Harris of Stone Mountain, Georgia; and James (Dakeysha) Harris, Jr., of Flint, Michigan; loving and devoted aunts and uncles: Charles (Lucille) Gates of Lumber City, Georgia; Edward (Joann) Gates of Miami, Florida; Linda Conaway of Glenwood, Georgia; DeLacey (Dorothy) Ryals, Shirlene Ringgold, Gail Wilcox, and Ora (Willie Samuel) Clark, all of Lumber City; Faye Scott of Spartanburg, South Carolina; 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, and Javon Ryals; and Kobe Harris; a host of cousins whom he loved dearly: Cynthia, JauDonne, Tierra, Jamar, Montana, Devin, Andre, Deshawn, Deone, CJ, Kobe, Regina, Kenya, Dervin, and La’Angela; and many more loving cousins and family members who he loved.

His funeral was held on July 3, 2022, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Lumber City, Georgia.

Interment was immediately following at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lumber City. 

Services were entrusted to King Brothers Funeral Home of Hazlehurst, Georgia.