James William ‘Ryan’ Browder


James William “Ryan” Browder, 49, of Old Fort, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, with family by his side. He was born on Aug. 18, 1972, in Cleveland to Joseph D. Browder and Martha (White) Wright.

Ryan led a passionate and wholehearted life, highlighted by spending quality time with his friends and family. Those who befriended Ryan had a true friend for life. His laughter, wit, and talent for storytelling would light up any room. His devotion to his pets was a defining part of his character, underscoring the compassion that permeated all aspects of his life. Ryan touched many lives and he will be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Charles and Retta Sue Browder, and Jimmy and Mae Dotson.

Left to cherish his memory and honor his legacy are his beloved daughters:
Julya Browder and Jayda (Keith) Christensen; father, Joseph D. Browder; mother and stepfather, Martha (Lyman) Wright; adored grandchildren: Wesson Dison, Remington Dison, and Colt Christensen; sister, Courtney (Heath) Tempel; and a very special friend, David Goforth.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

His family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, prior to the service.

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