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Derrick G. Ryals Sr., 61, of Virginia Beach

Derrick G. Ryals Sr. (Altmeyer Funeral Home)

Derrick G. Ryals, Sr., 61, passed away Monday, November 20th, 2023 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born April 21st, 1962 to Elsie Ryals and John Nelson in Bronx, New York.

Shortly after graduating from William Howard Taft High School in New York, he would begin his career in the Navy where he would eventually meet the love of his life, Theresa Walker, and
bring to the world his two sons Derrick Jr. and Justin. In 2004, he would be honorably discharged after serving almost 24 years to his country.

Still willing to serve, Derrick would dedicate an additional 12 years to the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Virginia Beach.

Derrick was a remarkable husband and father. Family meant a lot to him. He was a challenging chess player, he loved art, and was an avid fan of boxing as well as the New York Giants. In fact, it was extremely rare you would be able to spot him out in public not representing their team colors of red, white, and blue.

Derrick is survived by his wife Theresa; two sons Derrick Jr. and Justin; two grandsons Abraham and Asaph; and siblings Walter Jr., Sabrina, Elvira, Warner, and Todd.

Derrick was predeceased by his mother Elsie; his father John; and brother Rex.

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