Barry Ronelle Ryan, 87, passed away peacefully with his wife and daughters by his side, on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Barry was originally from Trenton, Georgia then moved to Chattanooga where he married his lifelong sweetheart, Carryl King Ryan. He served honorably in the army in active duty and in the reserves from 1956 to 1962. He was a devout man of faith serving as deacon of St. Elmo Church of Christ then as honorary greeter at East Brainerd Church of Christ. He enjoyed being part of the Prime Timer’s class and Romeo’s, where they would gather weekly to share stories over breakfast. Barry retired as an automotive executive to travel the globe with his family introducing his grandchildren to France & Russia, among other places.
He was known by all for his stylish suits, dapper bow ties, friendly smile and always giving a kind word to brighten your day. Drawing from his southern roots, he enjoyed cooking his favorite southern dishes for his family. Biscuits, grits, country ham and cornbread were his specialties.
Barry was preceded in death by his parents Omar & Bonnie Wheeler Ryan; daughter Maria Ryan; and brother Phil Ryan.
He is survived by his wife, Carryl Ryan; daughters Kimberly Ryan Dougher (Yogi), Renee Ryan King (Matty) and Barrie Elizabeth Ryan; granddaughter Isabella King and grandsons John Hewitt King and Maxwell King.
Visitation will be held at East Brainerd Church of Christ on Wednesday, September 15th, from 10-11:30 AM with the service immediately following at 12 PM. A military burial service will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Timothy Hill Ranch at www.timothyhill.org , or the charity of your choice.
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Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.
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