Martha Ryals

Obituary of Martha p. Ryals

Martha Alice Ryals,94, beloved mother, nana, sister and friend, passed away, Monday evening at home, September 14, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was much loved and will be missed by all.
Martha was born to Charles and Madeline Patterson on August 30, 1926 in Tarrant, Alabama. She was the 4th of 10 Children. Martha was raised in Tarrant and graduated from Jefferson County High School. She moved to Florida in May of 1946 with her family and immediately started working at Barnett Bank in Deland.  There she gathered a close group of friends that would become her best friends for life. Martha had three sons, John (named after her brother), Thomas and Jeffrey Blocker. She married Barnell Ryals, (who had two children) on March 14,1970 and together they built a very successful fruit (Orange) company - Barney Ryals Fruit Company Inc.  Martha was active in Stetson Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. Martha loved to sing at all times, and encouraged her family with sweet sonnets and hymns. Martha was a beautiful Christian lady whose faith was evident through her kind words, hospitality and benevolent actions. She had the most wonderful Christmas cookie parties and was so kind to the community always supporting Angel Tree Families at Christmas and cooking at Community Dinners.
Martha leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, two sisters (Jodie and Melita) in Alabama along with a host of family. Deceased are her husband, Barney, 2 sons , stepson and granddaughter.
It was said that Martha never said an unkind word about anyone, and that is the truth!

Service will be held Graveside at Oakdale Cemetery, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at 11:00 am. Lankford Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Donations in Martha Ryals honor can be made to:
The Refuge Ranch, 24240 SW Martin Hwy. Okeechobee, FL 34974 and
Dunklin Memorial Church, 3342 Hosanah Ln. , Okeechobee, FL 34974

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Ryals Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, September 21, 2020
DELAND, Florida, United States
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