OBITUARY

Wilma Jean Ryals

27 December, 194620 April, 2021
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Lillington, NC

Wilma Jean Ryals, age 74, of Lillington died Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her home.

Wilma was born on December 27, 1946 in Harnett County the daughter of the late Robert Carroll Ryals and Rosa Anne Norris Ryals and is preceded in death by her sisters, Bobby Ann Davis and Merlie Kee. Wilma was a hard worker all her life, she worked at Erwin Mills in her early years. She soon left the mill and became a dispatcher for law enforcement, working for Dunn Police Department and almost all of Harnett County. She was the first female Deputy for the Sheriff’s Department and was an EMT for Harnett County. She even worked for Crash, Fire and Rescue for Raleigh Durham Airport.

She owned her own restaurant called “The Sea Siren.” She was always busy doing something productive whether at her full time job or part time at other places. A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Wagoner and Rev. Jerome Pope officiating. Burial will follow in Erwin Memorial Park.

She is survived by: Sons: James Brown of Lillington, NC. Chris Brown and (wife) Sheila of Raleigh, NC Tim Brown and (wife) Karina of Lansing, Michigan Tommy Green & (wife) Amanda of McLainsville, NC 10 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren Sisters: Betty Ryals of Dunn, NC; Patsy Montgomery & (husband) Rick of Angier, NC; and Maurnice Peacock of Angier, NC. The family will be receiving friends Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Central Baptist Church. Prior to the funeral.

A service of Cromartie Miller Funeral Home in Dunn, NC

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Carroll Ryals, Father (deceased)
  • Rosa Anne Norris Ryals, Mother (deceased)
  • Bobby Ann Davis, Sister (deceased)
  • Merlie Kee, Sister (deceased)
  • James Brown, Son
  • Chris Brown & (wife) Shelia, Son
  • Tim Brown & (wife) Karina, Son
  • Tommy Green & (wife) Amanda, Son
  • Betty Ryals, Sister
  • Patsy Montgomery & (husband) Rick, Sister
  • Maurnice Peacock, Sister
  • Ms. Ryals also leaves 10 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren to cherish her memory.

Services

  • Receiving Of Friends

    Sunday, 25 April , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, 25 April , 2021

  • Burial

    Sunday, 25 April , 2021

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Sheila Brown

22 April 2021

Mom I said I’d walk this journey with you until the good Lord said” well done my child come home” and that’s what I did. I certainly am glad you knew Jesus Christ and was ready to be with the Lord but I certainly miss you. For the past 2 months I’ve hard the honor of being with you 24/7 and walking this journey with you . Even though I know you’re not in pain anymore my heart aches . I have had the honor of sharing some of the most intimate moments with you and will cherish all our all nighters talking and drinking coffee at all hours of the night/morning. Rest In Peace knowing we are all right and celebrating your homecoming with the family home on before you. Love Sheila

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