Irvin Carney "Rip" Ryman

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 9, 1934

Departed on September 21, 2020 and resided in Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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Born, January 9, 1934, Nashville, Tennessee. Attended Warner Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, Tarbox Elementary and Junior High School, Hume Fogg and East High Schools. Graduated East High School 1952. Served U.S. Navy, Korean War (1952-1954), Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class; Attended Belmont College and University of Tenn. (Nashville). Retired Western Electric Co. (1985) with 30 years; President, CWA Local 10895 (1967-1985); Retired Metro Government (2000) with 16 years; Assistant to Mayors Richard Fulton, Bill Boner, Phil Bredesen; Elected Metro Council (2003-2011) District 10; Elected President ProTem Metro Council (2005); Leadership Nashville Class of 1986; President, Old Timers Baseball Association (2004-2006); State Director Tennessee Dixie Youth Baseball (1971-1997); Coach Goodlettsville Baseball (1998-2003); Coach Parkwood Baseball and Football (1965-1971); Past President, East High Alumni Association; Past President, Parkwood Men’s Club; Served on Board of MDHA, (1980-1985); Served on Board of Nashville Sports Authority, (2014-2020): Served on Board of Leadership Goodlettsville, (2015-2018); Member Impact Fellowship Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by Father, Robert C. Ryman; Mother, Connie Sims; Son, Randall Eugene; Foster Brother, Dale Horne; Foster Brother, William N. Davis Sr.; survived by wife, Libby Cobb Ryman; son Michael (Donna) Ryman; daughter, Kim (Aaron) Allen; daughter, Connie (Ted) Ryman Sanders; Twelve grandchildren; Twelve great-grandchildren; Three great-great-grandchildren.
Pall Bearers, Bobby Hymer, Billy Griggs, Jim Forkum, Skip Nipper, Kevin Ryman, Daniel Allen, Christopher Allen, Aaron Allen.
Honorary Pall Bearers, Governor Phil Bredesen, Mayor Bill Boner, Mayor Bill Purcell, Mayor Karl Dean, Congressman Jim Cooper, Sheriff Daron Hall, Board East High Alumni Association, Board Old Timers Baseball Association, Commissioners, Nashville Sports Authority, Current and Former members of Metropolitan Council, B.R.Hall, Leadership Team of Impact Fellowship Baptist Church.
Celebration of Life Service, Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:30 am at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, TN Officiated by Buck Dozier, Joe Bradshaw and Steve Hurst; Special Music by Steve Hurst, Sallie Kirk and Maryanne Sutherly.
Visitation Wednesday from 1 pm until 7pm and Thursday from 10:30 am until 11:30 am.
Interment with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
In Lieu of Flowers Donations may be made to The Veranda Ministries, 650-7A Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 or Old Timers Baseball Scholarship Fund, 542 Menees Ln., Madison, TN 37115.

27 Comments to Irvin Carney "Rip" Ryman

  1. Leonard and Joanne Ortiz
    September 22, 2020 4:36 pm

    Rip will be Greatly Missed!!!!
    All our love and
    Prayers to family!
    Leonard and Joanne Ortiz

  2. Brenda Estes
    September 22, 2020 6:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Mike and Connie, and to all my nieces and nephews. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Sending love, hugs and comfort to each of you!

  3. Wes Skelton
    September 22, 2020 6:10 pm

    Rip was an outstanding member of the Dixie Youth Baseball National Board serving as Tennessee DYB State Director for 26 years. Prayers for Libby and the family.

  4. Dan Haskell
    September 22, 2020 7:20 pm

    A great guy from a great generation. Hard to replace.

  5. Sandra Chaffin Hesson
    September 22, 2020 9:28 pm

    Asking the good Lord to comfort Mike, Connie, and all of my nieces and nephews.

  6. Gary and Shandry Bullock
    September 22, 2020 9:57 pm

    Libby I am so sad to hear of Rip’s passing. Prayers for you during this time.

  7. Giah and Jason Kress
    September 22, 2020 10:34 pm

    Libby and Kim, I am so sorry to see this news. Rip was a great man and we will be praying for your sweet family. Much love to you all❤️

  8. Mason Day Jr
    September 22, 2020 10:39 pm

    Every time that I.had the opportunity to visit with Rip, he was a classic guy , always happy and excited about what was going on .
    Whether we were at a Dixie Youth Baseball game or a Nascar event at the Opryland Golf course, he was the same Gentleman.
    Just a Great Guy

    My Prayers to the family

  9. Jennifer webb
    September 22, 2020 11:31 pm

    Rip and my father were great friends – great respect for each other !! Truly a great man !!!Prayers to his family !!
    Jennifer Frensley Webb

  10. Elane Jarrett Hunley
    September 23, 2020 1:58 am

    Thinking of you during this sad time. May God’s peace be with you. Your’e in my sympathy and prayers!

  11. Lynda Jones
    September 23, 2020 4:51 am

    Rip was such a sweet and kind man . His service to Nashville will never be forgotten. He was loved.

  12. John and Sue Ellen Penley
    September 23, 2020 9:33 am

    So sad to hear about Uncle Rip; he was such a happy and friendly man. We love you Aunt Libby and are thinking about you, Kim, Daniel and the rest of your family.

  13. Beverly Tomlinson Flanders
    September 23, 2020 10:14 am

    Rip touched so many people’s life’s in such a positive caring way. He lived his life the way GOD intended, helping others, being a good Husband, a good Father/Grandfather and a good Friend to many. We can all smile knowing he is with our Heavenly Father. My love and prayers are with you Libby & Kim.

  14. Ken Poskey
    September 23, 2020 10:52 am

    Great man that will be missed. Prayers for you and your family. Ken and Toni

  15. roy dale
    September 23, 2020 11:55 am

    Rip was one of a kind, what a great loss for Nashville

  16. Tommy Parker
    September 23, 2020 12:29 pm

    Rip was a cornerstone for the Old Timers Association serving as President and for more than a decade as Treasurer. He was a giver and a blessing to everyone that was blessed to know him.

  17. Rich and Gail Miles
    September 23, 2020 2:09 pm

    Libby, I wish we could be there. I will keep you and the whole family in our daily prayers. You and Rip were always so kind to us, including us in family celebrations and Christmas time. Rip was a servant here and I know he is busy in Heaven serving Jesus with anything he is asked to do.

  18. Cynthia Way
    September 23, 2020 6:58 pm

    Rip was a wonderful man. He loved and cherished you, Libby ,and your family so much. I don’t think anyone I know enjoyed decorating for Christmas months before December 25th like he did. We were all so blessed to know him. My prayers are with you.

  19. Herman and Teresa Daughtry
    September 23, 2020 7:51 pm

    Libby so sorry to hear the news about Rip. You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Chloe Rose
    September 23, 2020 7:57 pm

    Libby, Kim and family. I am sad to hear of the passing of Rip. Praying God will comfort you as only He can.
    Love you all.

  21. Joe and Teresa Scheffer
    September 23, 2020 8:45 pm

    Libby, just heard about RIP today. We’re so sorry for your loss. RIP was a fantastic person and he will be missed by so many. He touched the lives of many people. Joe and I send our deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless and be with you and strengthen you during this trying time. Sending much love to you and your family.

  22. David & Jeanette Beach
    September 24, 2020 11:24 am

    Libby, our hearts go out to you & your family! We’re so very sorry for the friend we lost in Rip, and we’re very sorry for your & your family’s loss. He’s also a very big loss to the community! David will always cherish all the times he and Rip played golf, and we’ll both miss our visits and talks with both of you!
    We wish we could be with you today, but given our health conditions, we are a little leery of gathering with crowds, so we felt it best to stay home. But our thoughts, prayers, hearts and HUGS are with you. We will be giving you a call in the near future! With love, prayers & blessings to you & yours, David & Jeanette

  23. Wanda Simpkins
    September 24, 2020 9:47 pm

    Libby you and family are in mom and I thought s and prayers.. We love you..🙏🙏🙏

  24. Wanda Simpkins
    September 24, 2020 9:54 pm

    Libby you and the family are in mine and moms thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏🙏 .. Love you Wanda Simpkins

    September 25, 2020 9:52 am


  26. Robyn and Don Cobb
    September 25, 2020 12:58 pm

    Libby, I just learned of Rip’s passing through Facebook and told Don. You and your family will be in our prayers. We are so sorry.

  27. Eddie Rogers, Chaplain
    September 27, 2020 9:41 pm

    Dear Libby and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear the news about the passing, from this life to the next, of your precious Mr. Rip. All of us at the American Legion, from across the great state of Tennessee, join me in expressing our sincere condolences at this time. May the God of mercy and grace heal your hearts as you travel on a grief journey for a while. May God send 10,000 stories to be shared for as long as you choose. Someone wrote, “healing comes through story.” Keep on sharing those wonderful stories. May the God of ALL COMFORTS provide everything you need to navigate this journey. We are so thankful that a good man, serving this country at such an important time in history, was willing to serve and serve well. We honor him for his faithful service. May the God who loves servants share with Rip that promised rest. May the Lord bless you and keep you and fill your hearts with joy for your journey.


    Eddie Rogers, Chaplain
    American Legion
    Department of Tennessee

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