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J. W. Ryans, 80, of Kingsport, TN, born September 8, 1933,
departed for heaven January 28, 2014, surrounded by his family
singing hymns and reading scriptures.
He lived his entire life in Sullivan Co TN, and married the love
of his life, Mary White Ryans, on January 24, 1955. He worked
construction for 50 years with Baxter Byerley Construction, PC
Cooper Construction, White Construction, and James Gilliam
Construction. He was considered the best concrete finisher in
the area. J.W. was a member of Fairview Holiness Church of
Jesus Christ where he served for 25 years as a Sunday School
He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Jossie Ryans;
infant son, Michael; brothers, Glenn Ryans, Ray 'Red' Ryans,
Homer Ryans, Ben Ryans, and Bill Ryans; sisters, Maude Ryans
and Mae Ryans Moore; and his beloved grandson, Brad Carter,
whom he thought of as a son.
J.W. is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary White
Ryans; daughter, Jennette Ryans Carter; sons, Glen Ryans, and
Chris Ryans and wife Stephanie; grandchildren, Matt Ryans
and fiancée, Victoria, and Amber Ryans; and several nieces and
The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and
nurses at Wellmont, Carey with Smoky Mountain Hospice,
Cindy and Tip Defreece, Judy Martin at Wellmont, Kelly Pitts,
Betty White and Carol Hensley. And special love to his nieces
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 1, 2014,
from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes,
Kingsport, TN, and at any time at the residence.
Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday at 2 p.m.,
February 2, 2014, at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes,
Kingsport, with Rev. Mark Sexton, Rev. Leonard Dixon, and
Evangelist Shelton Meade officiating. Music will be by The
Heavenly Reflections, and Leonard and Cheryl Dixon.
Burial will follow the funeral service in Mullins Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Perry Dykes, Larry Ryans, Jimmy Ryans,
Billy Ryans, Anthony Moore, Danny Moore, Randy Mullenix,
and Charles Byrd. Honorary pallbearers will be Benton
Rasnake, P. C. White, Buddy Goad, John Arnold, and Roy Ward.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Ryans for the
medical and funeral expenses.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family.