Pastor Willard C Ryan, 71, of Malvern, passed away September 30, 2017. Will was born October 26, 1945 to the late Elvis and Lucille Collins Ryan in Saltillo, MS. Will was a loving husband, father, grandfather and devoted Pastor who touched many lives.
Will is preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Johnny Ryan.
Will is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Edith Ryan, his two sons, Gary Ryan and spouse Stephanie and Tim Ryan; his grandchildren, Charity Ryan, Faith Goliver, Austin Ryan, Nicole Ryan, Hannah Ryan, Obie Clay Staggs and Kaitlyn Davenport, seven great grandchildren and his sisters, Shirley Boyette and spouse James and Helen Hughes and spouse Ross.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the First Pentecostal Church in Malvern with Reverend Dennis Anderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Keith Tarkington, Daniel Murphy, Phillip Boyette, Austin Ryan, Jonathan Echols and Obie Clay Staggs. Interment will be at Rockport Memorial Gardens in Malvern.
The Family would like to thank Trinity Home Health of Arkansas, Kindred Hospice and Arkansas Hospice for all the Love and Care they bestowed.
Edith, I'm so very sorry to learn of our loss of Willard. We've known each other since jr hi, and he ALWAYS had a beautiful smile amy time we met. The last time I saw him we talked about our grandkids and what a blessing they are. I'm asking God to pour out waves of Grace over you for strength to face the coming days; and that He will wrap you tightly in His mantle of peace and comfort. 🙏
We are so sorry for your loss. Memories of Bro.Ryan will be cherished. He was used by God to touch so many lives. Now he's home with God. He will be greatly missed. We love yall. Wish we could've been at the funeral.
RIP, Pastor: Thankful for your guidance, and all those wonderful years of sitting in the church and hearing the truth, from the mouth of God. I will see you over there. Much love to my Pastor's beautiful wife. The Church loves you.
I'm so sorry to learn of Willard's passing. He was a good friend in the MHS class of 1964. Prayers for God's presence to comfort the family and for the continued influence of his ministry many years after his earthly labors have ceased.
My deepest heartfelt sympathies goes out to Sister Ryan and her family. Brother Will was an awesome man. He will truely be missed by many. My prayers go out to give the family strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. All my love to the family.
Sure will miss bro Ryan we have known him for 16 years an he was a blessing to.know an be around. He touched our hearts from day one an there won't be a day that goes by I won't forget him an his text of inspiration. We won't be able to make it to the funeral an I'm haten it so.much but my son has to be at the heart hospital that morning for small surgery. Y'all will be in our hearts an thought. Loves to all. Love u very much sister Ryan.
My condolences to the family and loved ones at the loss of this great man of God!
I was born into the kingdom under his ministry in October 1979 at the little church in Perla. I am still living for God today thanks to the many seeds he planted in my life as a young girl. Miracles and deliverance were a part of his ministry. I regret not being able to be present at his going away service. He was my spiritual father. To be absent in the body is to be present with the lord. Oh grave where is thy victory and death where is thy sting. We will all be reunited on that great day. Timmy and Gary may you keep the flame lit! To Sister Ryan, may God give you peace in the coming days that he has received his reward and you will see him again.
Anna (Moore) Russell
Mrs. Ryan, I don't know if you will remember us, but we were your next door neighbors about 11 years ago. So sorry to hear about Mr. Ryan. We pray God will wrap his loving arms around you and give you grace and strength as you go through this time.