Willard Winston Ryals

November 6, 1932April 20, 2014
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A retired employee of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. He loved his work as a Captain of the Juvenile and Detective Division with 25 years of service. He was born in Wilmer, Alabama on November 6, 1932. He served in the Army as a Paratrooper in the Korean War and he belonged to the Masons of Louisiana for 50 years. At 81 years old he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Scholl Ryals, together they enjoyed fishing and traveling in their motorhome. He is also preceded by his daughter, Donna Forest; and sister, Leatrice Porter. He is survived by daughter, Gloria Louque and husband, Troy; son, David Ryals and wife, Renee; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Nathan, Derrick, and Michael Abshire, Kelly Ryals, Susan Boudreaux, Brian Ryals, and Eric Forest; 16 great grandchildren; and brother in law, James Porter of Picayune, Mississippi. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home 9595 Florida Blvd. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5 PM until 9 PM and will resume on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 11 AM until service at 2 PM. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pall bearers will be his grandsons.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 24, 2014

Willard Winston Ryals

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Angela Corvers

May 12, 2014

Gloria & David,

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember all the good times we all had playing when your grandparents lived behind us (they were on Fairfields and we were on Madison) and at Aunt Charlotte's and Uncle Jimmy's house. They are all together now. Peace be with you and your families.

Angela Neely Corvers

May 2, 2014

Gloria & David,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time. Please know how much your dad meant to all of us, he was loved and respected.
(Frank)Joan Chidester Family

April 28, 2014

I had the honor of meeting and working with him when he was security gaurd at the store I was an Asst. Mgr. He was a fantastic and great human being and always a pleasure to be around. May God rest his soul and take him into his kingdom.

Louis Lacara

April 28, 2014

Gloria & David, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Willie, he was one of the finest Gentlemen I have ever known. My heart felt sympathy goes out to both of you and your families.
Lisa Chidester Bahlinger

Laura Andorf

April 28, 2014

I loved when Mr. Willie would come see me. He holds a very special place in my heart.

Jason Aaron

April 24, 2014

David, so very sorry for your family's loss.

April 23, 2014

I was sorry to hear of Willie passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Skip D'Amico and family

Carol McCutchen Weber

April 23, 2014

Willie was at EBRSO when my husband, Steve Weber, joined the force in the late 60's and he was a great friend and mentor. Such a gentleman always with that wonderful smile.Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Blessings....

DeAnna Daigle

April 23, 2014

Uncle Willie,I will miss you very much. I remember all the great times growing up. You will always be in my heart. You are a very special person. You and Aunt Joyce are traveling in your motor home again. I will Love and Miss you!!Love You Gloria and David! Love, DeAnna Daigle

Chis Browning

April 23, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked for "Willie" (Captain Ryals) when I was assigned to the Juvenile Division during my career at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. He was a Great guy as well as a Great Commander.