On November 18, 2015, Dura Belle (Dude) Ryals passed peacefully from this life into Heaven, joining her late husband of 70 years, Cecil O. Ryals.
Dura Belle was born September 1, 1923, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to the late George Richard Black and Ever Gertrude (Holland) Black. An only child she grew up in Wynnewood, and graduated third in her class from Wynnewood High School.
Dura Belle and Cecil O’Neal “C.O.” Ryals were married November 6, 1943, at Corpus Christi, Texas, and made their home in Denver City, Texas.
After raising her family, Dura Belle continued her education and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico. She taught first grade in the Denver City, Texas Independent School System until she retired.
After living in Denver City, Texas for some 63 years, she and C. O. moved to Ardmore in 2010, and were members of the Southwest Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Neal Gourley of Ardmore; her son, George Henry Ryals of Del Rio, Texas; grandchildren, Wade Gourley of Oklahoma City, Cher Lorentz of Ardmore, and Jace Clark of Lubbock, Texas; also eight great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three grandsons, David Ryals, Kevin Ryals and Vincent Harold Gourley III.
Funeral services for Dura Belle will be at 2 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015, at the Southwest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bruce Kirby officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery with the assistance of Wade Gourley, Brandon Gourley, Vince Gourley, Tommy Lorentz, Brady Lorentz and Park VanNest serving as pallbearers.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today, November 22nd, at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
The family requests that charitable donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project; or the Southwestern Pharmacy Alumni Foundation; or the Oklahoma Pharmacy Education Foundation.
Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.