Mrs. Ryals died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Born June 7, 1957, in Gastonia, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John Paul and Virginia Johnson Smart.
Mrs. Ryals was a 1974 graduate of Habersham Central High School and a graduate of North Georgia Technical College. She was a member of Hillside Baptist Church. Mrs. Ryals was selfless and loving; she put everyone else before herself. She loved God deeply and was a disciple for Him her entire life.
Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Steve Ryals of Demorest; sons, Michael Ryals of Cornelia; Andrew Ryals of Cornelia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Cheryl Smart of Phoenix, Ariz., Danny and Linda Smart of Alto; granddaughter, MaKayla Ryals; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 17.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 295, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Ryals family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
The Northeast Georgian
Friday, January 17, 2014