James "Ed" Ryder, 79 of Starke FL, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2016 at Riverwood Health and rehab in Starke, FL due to a long battle with cancer. James was born November 22, 1936 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Andrews, North Carolina to the late James R. Ryder and Cora May Bruce Ryder of Lake Butler, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 19 years; Velma Irene Ryder, Three Brothers: William, John and Charles Ryder and a son; Jamie
He is survived by his daughter Abigail A. Ryder of Starke, Fl and step son Scott D. Floyd of Bell, Fl., two Brothers; Thomas Ryder of Lake City, Fl., Robert Ryder of Taylor, Fl. Five Sisters; Carolyn Avenger of Mississippi, Shirley Roberson of Lake City, Fl., Mary Thornton of Nashville, George, Eula Fortune of Lake butler, Brenda Sloane of Wellborn, Fl., Two Grandkids; Selina N. and Alaina S. Barber of Starke, Fl., 11 Nieces and and 12 Nephews.
James Ed Ryder lived in Lake Butler and Waldo, FL for most of his life before residing in Starke, FL. He loved the outdoors and often went fishing at the Suwannee and Santé Fe rivers. He was a musician. He had a love for stringed instruments. His favorite was the Violin. His hobby was to craft Beautiful Violins and Mandolins. Sometimes he dabbled with crafting guitars. Every instrument that he made was always made with love of the art to perfection.
His favorite place was the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. He often talked about the mountains and enjoyed reading books about them. He had a great love for his family and for God and was a member if the Pentecostals of Gainesville, FL.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Archer Memorial Chapel with visitation for family and friends beginning at 5:00 pm. Arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler. 386-496-2008