James E. Ryle Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce that James E. Ryle Jr., passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Hospice House in Inverness, FL, having lost his long battle with cancer. He would have been 69 years of age this week, having been born on March 13, 1945, in Gloversville, NY, to James E. Ryle Sr. and Helen Berry.

Jimmy is survived by four children: Jamie and his wife Karen, Willie and his wife Joelle, Felicia Ryle and her partner Kevin Williams, Nico and her husband Matt Hayner, all who reside in upstate New York; a stepson, Brian Ward; and several grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Joseph Richard (Ricky) Ryle. For many years preceding the time of his death, Jimmy shared a home in Inverness, FL, with the love of his life, Alta Ward, and his favorite furry friend, Maggie Mae Bear.

Jimmy was a man of many talents. In his youth, he fought as a heavyweight boxer and also played semi-pro football with the Glove City Colonials in Johnstown. He was also a musician, having played with the Trinity Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps. In later years, he teamed up with Larry Edwards, and were known as the Chevelles, later as The Ridge Runners. That was his first band. Afterwards, he teamed up with Rudy Ward and Frenchie Boucher to form the band known as Taste of Country. They were well known in several states in the Northeastern U.S. They also toured the rest of the country. He played with numerous bands in Florida after moving there.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Jimmy’s name to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Private cremation arrangements by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.