Jackie Lee Ryant was born on Tuesday, March 4, 1952 in rural Cope, South Carolina to Clarence “Mutt” Ryant and Mable “Missy” Parker Ryant. He departed this life on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Jackie also known as “Jack” joined Canaan United Methodist Church in Cope, South Carolina at an early age and remained a faithful member until his untimely passing.
Jackie was a graduate of Carver High School, Class of 1970, where he played football, basketball, and baseball and graduated #4 academically in the Top of his class. He went on to attend Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1971 where he played football in the position of Defensive End. Jackie graduated from Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Physical Education in 1974. He also played on the Claflin Panthers Men's Basketball Team. He later obtained a Master’s Degree from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.
Jackie Lee Ryant began teaching at Edisto High School. He later accepted a position at Ruffin High School in Colleton County, South Carolina, where he was a Biology teacher, and Head football and track coach. Then, he took a position at St. George High School where he was the Head football coach and a Biology teacher. Continuing to make his mark in education, Jackie began working at Woodland High School in Dorchester, South Carolina, where he helped to establish and build the football and track programs. In his later years, he taught at both Edisto and North High Schools as a Biology teacher and Track coach. Jackie was a renowned coach in South Carolina and beyond, having won numerous accolades and awards for his involvement in football and track.
Jackie in his early adulthood enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Canaan United Methodist Church and he was a member of the Men of Canaan UMC. He enjoyed reminiscing about family, reading, doing crossword puzzles, fishing, and singing. Those who knew Jackie well were aware of his immense love for television, especially sports, Jeopardy, Westerns, Comedy, and wrestling.
Jackie had a pure heart and love for working with youth. He adored his daughters, Jade and Jasmine. Preceding Jackie in death were his parents, Clarence and Mable Ryant; four brothers, Clarence Jr., Izell, Robert, Henry and one sister, Wanda (Larry) Salley. The love of his life, wife, Gwendolyn Ryant, preceded him in death. Jackie leaves to cherish his memories, his two daughters, Jasmine Ryant and Jade Ryant; his two step- sons, John (Faith) Jones and Javan Jones, and his ten grandchildren (Kali, Simone, Kelsie, Jaylen, Quintin, Michael, Gabrielle, Naomi, Christian, and John) and six sisters, Gloria (Eugene) Boneparte, Jessie (Clarence) Greene, Mildred Ryant, Coffie Major, Pernell Ryant, Mable Bradley, two sister- in- laws, Geneva Ryant and Janie Ryant, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 5,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home at 1:00pm until 7:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, May 6,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home beginning at 2:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations. Service will be streamed live on our Facebook Page Glover's Funeral Home of Orangeburg.
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